Haters Roast: The Shady Tour

By: Abby Lisk

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The eight queens will walk onstage as sisters, but when the show begins, the claws come out for the most outrageous night of drag comedy in years.
— MPPresents
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RuPaul’s Drag Race has been a television phenomenon since February 2009. The show takes a group of drag queens and has them compete through back-breaking challenges for the crown. Tears are shed both ways: when girls get eliminated and when they win. There is tons of yelling, screaming, and some occasional fighting. The fame of this show brought it to the stage for the “Haters Roast” in which a bunch of drag queens are thrown on a stage to be rude to each other and drink alcohol. When my mom and I arrived at the House of Blues in Anaheim, we had to wait outside in the rain for over an hour. Finally, after going inside, my mom and I waited in more lines to go through security. After that, we passed by a table full of very expensive merchandise for each of the queens at the show and a bar for the adults to get drinks.

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Soon, we reached the main room where the queens were waiting. Because this show didn’t have a runway, our cheap seats had an amazing view of all the queens. The House of Blues is pretty small, so all the music being played before the show started was really loud for my mom and me. Right before the show began, it was made very clear that we could take as many pictures as we wanted, but no videotaping or our phone/camera would be taken away and given back after. The host of the show, Ginger Minj, started it off with a small performance and then proceeded to walk through the rows of seats to talk to some of the fans.

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After she managed to climb back onto the stage, the six (originally eight) queens were introduced. These included Trixie Mattel, Thorgy Thor, Trinity Taylor, Latrice Royale, Eureka O’Hara, and Jinkx Monsoon. Each gave out a great selection of jokes about the other queens and spilled lots of tea about each other. While they were all equally amazing, I personally thought Trixie Mattel was the best because I’m biased. After the show, people sitting close to the stage were able to go up and take a few pictures with the queens if you were quick. The show was really just an amazing experience and seeing the queens in real life is something a real fan will never be able to forget.

Abby Lisk