With the current rise in popularity and appreciation of the art of drag, It doesn’t really come as a surprise that there is a high demand of people wanting to attend drag shows in bigger venues. For so long the only platform for drag queens to tour was gay clubs but now we are seeing a lot of “one woman shows” finally being brought to Australia thanks to Inthedark events which sees some of your favourites performing in theatres and venues across the country. The first of these 75 minute extravaganzas is from Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2 winner, Alaska Thunderfuck. The appropriately titled ‘The Alaska Show’ is an over indulgent and hilariously quirky full length show that intertwines live music and comedy in a candid and intimate format.
Walking out to the excited and packed crowd to the classic “Greetings, my name is Alaska Thunderfuck, what’s yours” audio snippet, she opened the show with a parody cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’. With a costume reveal halfway through the song she went straight into fan favourites ‘Hieee’,’Pussy’ and ‘Nails’ which had everyone singing and dancing instantly. Confessing that she wanted to do something she had never really done before she decided that for this tour she would bring a pianist and her best friend Jeremy to celebrate the release of her new album ‘The Amethyst Journey’. The stripped down ‘So Far Gone’ preceded a little segment where she asked people in the crowd to request songs that she would then transform into piano ballads. These requests included ‘I Touch Myself’, ‘Valentina’, ‘Anus’ and ‘Your Makeup Is Terrible’ before dedicating a cover of ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ to Brisbane which she purposefully incorrectly pronounced.
Alaska has become really well known not just as a TV show personality or a singer but she is also a little bit of a comedian. Over the years her skits have been received incredibly well so she had a little segment where she made a pilot for a talk show. She walked through the crowd and allowed fans get up close and personal and ask ANY question they wanted. No topic was banned and they asked her EVERYTHING including a clarifying question on just hung she really is.
Multiple costume changes throughout the show saw her transforming into her infamous character ‘Lil Pound Cake’ for ‘Puppet’ and saw her dancing up a storm to ‘Stun’, ‘This Is My Hair’ and ‘Your Make Up Is Terrible’. After saying thank you and good night to the crowd she returned for an encore which included a performance of Lady Gaga’s new song ‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star Is Born’ as well as a medley of her fan favourites ‘I’m The One’, ‘The T’ and ‘Anus’.
This was a great compilation show for people who had never seen Alaska before but the show was a little bit repetitive for people who have seen her multiple times over the years. It was just a collection of her little bits and pieces she’s done on club tours in the past so it didn’t really seem too original except for the talk show skit and the ‘Amethyst Journey’ tracks which I expected to hear more of. But her long term and passionate fans loved every moment and laughed at all her hilarious and quirky little jokes. I would love to see a full live band show of hers in the future as she has this insane and fun energy that you can’t help but immediately love and would excel in that setting.