Pandora Boxx

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Pandora Boxx
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Pandora Boxx performing at Tilt in Rochester
Born Michael Steck
(1972-05-02) May 2, 1972 (age 41)
Jamestown, New York, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, drag queen, musician, playwright, reality television personality
Website
www.pandoraboxx.com

Pandora Boxx (born Michael Steck; May 2, 1972 in Jamestown, New York) is an American drag queen, comedian and reality television personality from Rochester, New York. He is best known as a contestant from the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[1]

Early life[edit]

Boxx was born Michael Steck on May 2, 1972, in Jamestown, New York.[2] His family later moved to Olean, New York. Steck has a younger sister.[3]

Career[edit]

Steck was inspired to do drag after watching the drag queen Darienne Lake perform in an outdoor festival in Rochester, New York. For his first show at the gay bar Infinity in Rochester, Steck choose his drag name as a play on words of Pandora's box, an artifact found in Greek mythology.[3][4]

Boxx auditioned two times before becoming a contestant on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Highlights of his performance on Drag Race include an impersonation of Carol Channing on Snatch Game (a Match Game parody challenge). Performing well in the show's challenges, his failure to win one resulted in RuPaul calling him "the Susan Lucci of this competition." He was eliminated in the eighth episode, "Golden Gals."[5] After his elimination, Entertainment Weekly called him their pick for "America's Next Drag Superstar."[6][7] He was later voted the Miss Congeniality of his season.

After his elimination, Boxx appeared on the three seasons of Drag Race spin-off series RuPaul's Drag U. He also appeared in a television commercial for Absolut Vodka that aired during the third season of Drag Race dressed as a Bloody Mary.[8]

In 2011, he hosted an episode of Logo's One Night Stand Up, a comedy special filmed live in the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Other performers included Bianca Del Rio, Hedda Lettuce, and Kelly Mantle.[9] Later that year, Boxx appeared in an Entertainment Weekly photo spread along with Mimi Imfurst that featured Melissa McCarthy channeling Divine.[10] On September 27, 2011, Boxx released his first single "Cooter!"

Boxx and Sherry Vine released "Give Me All Your Muff," a parody of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" by Madonna in 2012.[11] In addition, Boxx released several singles in 2012: a cover version of Samantha Fox's hit song "I Wanna Have Some Fun" and the original song "Nice Car! (Shame About Your Penis)."

In 2012, Sharon Needles won the online voting to appear on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, but revealed he was not going to participate due to the fact he was the reigning winner of the fourth season. Needles also confirmed that Boxx was his replacement and would appear on the show.[12] Boxx, who along with team partner Mimi Imfurst formed Team Mandora, were the first two contestants eliminated on the All Stars.

In 2013 she began hosting Drag Race recaps for NewNowNext on Logo, called "Drag Center". She also released a single with Adam Barta called "You Seemed Shady to Me", which hit Top 50 on the iTunes comedy single charts. [13]

Other work[edit]

Besides appearing on Drag Race, she wrote, directed, produced, and appeared in Mrs. Kasha Davis: The Life of an International Housewife Celebrity[14] starring fellow drag performer from Rochester's Tilt nightclub, Mrs. Kasha Davis.[14] She also wrote a play, The Lipstick Massacre, directed by David Henderson and starring himself (as Pandora Boxx) and actress Kasha Davis. The plot follows a commercial actress, Daphne Von Hausenpfeffer, whose career is fading. When other actresses up for the same roles start disappearing, it seems Daphne may be the prime suspect.[15] It was described as "a new murder mystery/B-horror movie/comedy play."[16] The Lipstick Massacre has played at Rochester's Multi-use Community Cultural Center,[17] and the Geva Theatre.[18]

He is usually credited as "Michael Steck" for his creative roles.

Personal life[edit]

He announced via his Twitter account that he became engaged on Christmas Day 2010.[19]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"Cooter!" 2011 Non-album single
"I Wanna Have Some Fun" (featuring Tim Permanent) 2012
"Nice Car (Shame About Your Penis)" (featuring Shango)
"You Seemed Shady to Me" (featuring Adam Barta) 2013

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 A Voice from the Lantern Marvelous Marvin Short film
2008 Mrs. Kasha Davis: The Life of an International Housewife Celebrity Delores Matterhatter Short film; director and writer
2013 X Confident Iris Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Himself
2010–12 RuPaul's Drag U Himself
2010 Jeffery & Cole Casserole[20] Season 2, Episode 5: "The Teen Moms"
2011 One Night Stand Up Himself Episode 10: Dragtastic NYC
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Tiffany Episode 8: "Dee Dee's Pillow"
2012 RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race Himself
2013 She's Living for This[21] Himself Season 2, Episode 1

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Director
2012 "Queen" (Xelle)[22] JC Cassis
2013 "Ru Girl" (Alaska Thunderfuck) Carly Usdin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2". Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Rezsnyak, Eric (26 January 2010). "PROFILE: Pandora Boxx". Rochester City Newspaper. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Normal, Abby (9 October 2011). "Pandora Boxx: From Little Michael to Cooter!". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Holland, Scott (10 September 2010). "Catching up with Pandora Boxx". Edge Boston. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race: Old Man Drag Is the Most Dangerous Kind". Gawker. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Hartinger, Brent (7 April 2010). "Interview: Pandora Boxx Opens Up on Her "RuPaul’s Drag Race" Elimination Controversy". The Backlot.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Bullseye: April 9, 2010". Entertainment Weekly. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Elliott, Stuart (18 January 2011). "Sponsorship of This Series Is No ‘Drag’". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Voss, Brandon (14 January 2011). "Hot Sheet Big Love, Idol, Skins". The Advocate. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "NEW: Pandora Boxx & Mimi Imfurst Photo Shoot". New Now Next. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Spargo, Chris (13 February 2012). "VIDEO: Pandora Boxx & Sherry Vine Parody Madonna". New Now Next. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Spargo, Chris (21 June 2012). "Sharon Needles Explains Why She Won’t Be On ‘RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race’". New Now Next. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Source: http://www.newnownext.com/pandora-boxx-adam-barta-you-seemed-shady-to-me-music-video/07/2013/
  14. ^ a b Steck, Michael. "Mrs. Kasha Davis: The Life of an International Housewife Celebrity (2008)". Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  15. ^ Rezsnyak, Eric (November 11, 2009). "THEATER REVIEW: "Lipstick Massacre"". Roc hester City Newspaper. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  16. ^ Steck, Michael. "Facebook | The Lipstick Massacre". Facebook. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  17. ^ "The Lipstick Massacre". Multi-use Community Cultural Center. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  18. ^ "Springfest 2010". Geva Theatre. Retrieved 23 May 2010. [dead link]
  19. ^ Boxx, Pandora. "Engaged on Christmas! :-)". Twitter. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  20. ^ "Pandora Boxx". TV.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "**She's Living For This**". here TV. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  22. ^ Spargo, Chris (25 October 2012). "XELLE’s ‘Queen’ Music Video Features Every ‘Drag Race’ Queen: Watch". New Now Next. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Pandora Boxx/Michael Steck[edit]

The Lipstick Massacre[edit]