Courtney Act

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Courtney Act
Courtney Act by Mitch Fong.jpg
Courtney Act in October 2016.
Born Shane Jenek
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Residence West Hollywood, California
Nationality Australian
Occupation

Shane Jenek,[1] better known by her stage name Courtney Act, is an Australian drag queen, pop singer, entertainer and reality television personality.[2] As Courtney Act, Jenek was a semi-finalist on Australian Idol in 2003 and was the third singer of the competition to release an official solo single, following Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll. The single, "Rub Me Wrong", was released in 2004, which peaked at #29 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[3][4] Act was one of the runner ups in season six of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Act was born in Brisbane, Australia, and moved to Sydney at age 18.[5] She originally intended to take the name Ginger Le'Bon and be a "redheaded, smoky voiced nightclub singer." [6] Instead, she took the stage name Courtney Act, which is a pun on the phrase caught in the act as pronounced in a non-rhotic accent such as Australian English.[7]

Career[edit]

In December 2013, Logo announced that Courtney Act was among 14 drag queens who would be competing on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[8] She later went on to become a finalist in the competition, alongside fellow contestants Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio, but in the season finale lost the title to Bianca Del Rio.

In July 2014, Courtney Act became the first drag performer in history to sing live with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Act appeared as a guest performer with Cheyenne Jackson in "Hello, Gorgeous! Cheyenne Jackson Goes to the Movies". The two sang a duet of "Elephant Love Song" from the 2001 Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge.[9]

In September 2014, Courtney Act, along with Willam Belli and Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, were the first drag queens to become ad girls for American Apparel. They worked for the campaign Support Artists, Support Ethical Manufacturing of the fashion brand, featuring three limited exclusive T-shirts that honors each drag queen's talents and allure.[10]

Courtney also has a Wig Company called Wigs By Vanity that she set up in 2003 for drag queens with a business partner and fellow drag queen, Vanity Faire.[11]

In December 2015, Courtney was featured on two singles from the Christmas Queens LP,[12] "From Head To Mistletoe", and "Christmas Sweater" with fellow American Apparel ad girls Willam and Alaska.

As of 2016, Act has been a foreign correspondent for the Australian news website, Junkee. Act covered the Presidential election of 2016 for the site, attending rallies of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Following Trump's election, Act also participated in and reported on the 2017 Women's March.

In February 2017, Act featured on a single with American recording artist Bielfield entitled 'Dance Again' which was released with Sony Music Australia.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Kaleidoscope

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[14]
US
Comedy
Digital

[15]
"Rub Me Wrong"[16] 2004 29 Non-album singles
"Welcome to Disgraceland"[17] 2010
"To Russia with Love"[18] 2014
"Mean Gays"[19]
"American Apparel Ad Girls"[20]
(with Willam and Alaska)
10 Shartistry in Motion
"Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man"[21]
(with Willam and Alaska)
Non-album single
"Ecstasy"[22] 2015 Kaleidoscope
"Ugly"
"Body Parts"
"Kaleidoscope" 2016
"Wigs by Vanity Single Jingle"[23]
(with Vanity Faire)
Non-album singles
"Chandelier / Diamonds / Titanium (Medley)"[24]
"Stayin' Alive"[25]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Downton Abbey...Snore"[26]
(Jimmy Ray Bennett, Stephen Guarino & Jeff Hiller featuring Willam Belli, Vicky Vox & Courtney Act)
2013 Non-album singles
"Oh No She Better Don't"[27]
(RuPaul featuring Drag Race Season 6 Cast)
2014
"Dance Again" Bielfield featuring Courtney Act 2017 Dance Again

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Champion"[28]
(RuPaul featuring Courtney Act)
2014 RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz
"The Shade of It All"[29]
(Alaska Thunderfuck featuring Courtney Act and Willam)
2014 Anus

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Meet the Glamcocks Herself Documentary [30]
2015 Luna Goes Cruising Koda (voice) Shortfilm [31]
This Is Drag Herself Documentary [32]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2000 Snick Flicks Herself (host) Aired on Nickelodeon Australia for 6 months on Saturdays [33]
2003 Australian Idol Herself (contestant) Season 1 - Placed joint 13th with wildcard contenders [34]
2010 Sleek Geeks Herself Season 2, Episode 8: "Wee Across the World" [35]
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Herself Episode 8: "Dee Dee's Pillow" [36]
2012 I Will Survive Herself Episode 4 [37]
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (contestant) Season 6 - Top 3 [38]
2014 Candidly Nicole Herself Episode 2 [39]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012–13 Transfashionable Herself // Herself Produced by The Stylish [40]
2014 Reality Relapse Herself Produced by BiteSizeTV [41]
Transformations Herself Produced by WOWPresents [42]
Hey Qween! Herself Produced by Jonny McGovern [43]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Rub Me Wrong" 2004 Anthony Rose [44]
"Welcome to Disgraceland" 2010 Kain O'Keeffe [45]
"Oh No She Better Don't" 2014 Eve, Trina [46]
"To Russia with Love" Rami Mikhail [47]
"Mean Gays" Kain O'Keeffe [48]
"American Apparel Ad Girls" Shawn Adeli [49]
"Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man" Mairin Hart [50]
"Ecstasy" 2015 William Baker [51]
"Ugly" Courtney Act, Kain O'Keefe [52]
"Body Parts" Marvin Joseph [53]
"Christmas Sweater" Kain O'Keefe [54]
"From Head To Mistletoe" Kain O'Keefe [55]
"Kaleidoscope" 2016 Wallaby Way [56]
"Wigs by Vanity Single Jingle" N/A [57]
"Stayin' Alive" [58]
"Chandelier / Diamonds / Titanium (Medley)" [59]

Music video appearances[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Applause" (Lyric video)
(Lady Gaga)
2013 Lady Gaga [60]
"Sissy That Walk"
(RuPaul)
2014 Steven Corfe [61]
"Jump the Gun"
(Adore Delano)
2015 Josef J. Weber [62]
"Power"
(Little Mix feat. Stormzy)
2017 Hannah Lux Davis [63]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vivinetto, Gina (June 3, 2015). "Courtney Act Is No Dumb Blonde". The Advocate. Retrieved June 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Bruno, Bel (9 December 2003). "Drag idol: Sydney's Shane Jenek was rejected by Australian Idol until she became Courtney Act. Now she's headed to the USA". The Advocate. LPI Media. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Discography Courtney Act". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Drag idol: Sydney's Shane Jenek was rejected by Australian Idol until she became Courtney Act. Now she's headed to the USA.(Interview)". The Advocate. 9 December 2003. 
  5. ^ "Courtney Act: Boys Like Me". Nytheatre.com. 3 April 2013. Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "GIRL TALK: A Candid Conversation with Courtney Act". Phillymag.com. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Marco Marco Fashion Show at LA Fashion Week
  8. ^ Beard, Lanford (9 December 2013). "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Check out the sickening season 6 supertease and meet the queens -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Music From the Movies with Cheyenne Jackson and the SF Symphony". San Francisco Symphony. 
  10. ^ http://store.americanapparel.net/drag-queen-tee_cat1750904
  11. ^ http://wigsbyvanity.com/about/herstory
  12. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/from-head-to-mistletoe/id1052800436?i=1052801509
  13. ^ "Courtney Act - Kaleidoscope EP". Kickstarter. May 22, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Discography Courtney Act". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Chart Archive" (To access, type "Courtney" in the artist bar, then select "Comedy Digital Tracks" in the chart name bar). Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Courtney Act - Rub Me Wrong (Song)". ARIA. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Welcome to Disgraceland - Single by Courtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ "iTunes - Music - To Russia With Love - Single by Courtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Mean Gays - Single by Courtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  20. ^ "iTunes - Music - American Apparel Ad Girls - Single by Willam, Courtney & Alaska". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - Dear Santa, Bring Me a Man - Single by Willam, Alaska Thunderfuck & Courtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  22. ^ "iTunes - Music - Ecstasy - Single by Courtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Stayin' Alive - SingleCourtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - Chandelier / Diamonds / Titanium (Medley) - Single Courtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  25. ^ "iTunes - Music - Stayin' Alive - Single Courtney Act". iTunes. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  26. ^ "iTunes - Music - Downton Abbey...Snore (feat. Willam Belli, Vicky Vox & Courtney Act) - Single byJimmy Ray Bennett, Stephen Guarino & Jeff Hiller". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  27. ^ "iTunes - Music - Oh No She Better Don't (feat. The Cast of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 6) - Single by RuPaul & DJ ShyBoy". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  28. ^ "iTunes - Music - RuPaul Presents the CoverGurlz by RuPaul". iTunes. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Anus - Alaska Thunderfuck". Amazon. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Meet The Glamcocks". MeetTheGlamcocks.com. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  31. ^ Tharrett, Matthew (April 23, 2015). "Darren Criss, Robbie Rogers and Lance Bass Are Total Dogs In Adorable Short, "Luna Goes Cruising"". New Now Next. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  32. ^ "This Is Drag - OUTTv". Out TV. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  33. ^ https://twitter.com/courtneyact/status/625556749932756992.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  34. ^ "Shane Jenek set Australian Idol on fire more than a decade ago as Courtney Act, now she takes on Ru Paul in the US". The Daily Telegraphy. May 4, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  35. ^ "IMBD - Sleek Geeks - "Weeing"". IMBD. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Catch Pandora on "Are You There, Chelsea?" 3/1/12 on NBC!". PandoraBoxx.com. February 22, 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  37. ^ "Twitter / courtneyact: Tonight on I Will Survive tune ...". Twitter. September 4, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Imma be on RuPaul’s Drag Race!!!!!". CourtneyAct.com. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  39. ^ "A Party By Candidly Nicole‘s Rules". VH1. July 24, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Death by Drag!". OUT. October 30, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Courtney Act Interview EXCLUSIVE". Youtube. June 30, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  42. ^ "James St. James and Courtney Act: Transformations". Youtube. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  43. ^ "Watch: 'Hey Qween!' Season 2 Debuts with Special Guest Courtney Act". Queerty. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  44. ^ "Rub Me Wrong - Courtney Act". YouTube. May 29, 2007. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  45. ^ "Welcome To Disgraceland - Courtney Act (Official Music Video) HD". YouTube. July 1, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  46. ^ RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 Episode 6 sneak peek. YouTube. March 26, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  47. ^ "To Russia With Love - Courtney Act". YouTube. February 18, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  48. ^ "Mean Gays - Courtney Act". YouTube. May 15, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  49. ^ "American Apparel Ad Girls with Courtney Act, Alaska 5000 and Willam #AAAgirls". YouTube. September 30, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  50. ^ "Dear Santa, Bring Me A Man - Alaska, Courtney Act & Willam". YouTube. December 8, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  51. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVQZej293Lk&feature=youtu.be
  52. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q5Gwb82UFI
  53. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5arwJJZBZdA
  54. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9a_WtSJr28
  55. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceL9TymRCRY
  56. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH8Gsd1HVkA
  57. ^ "It's World Wig Week and we've got a song fit for the occasion!". Facebook. September 19, 2016. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  58. ^ Act, Courtney (September 9, 2016). "Stayin' Alive - Courtney Act". Youtube. Retrieved October 16, 2016. 
  59. ^ Act, Courtney (October 24, 2016). "Chandelier, Diamonds, Titanium - Sia Medley - Courtney Act". Youtube. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  60. ^ "Sydney drag sweetheart Courtney Act performs for megastar Lady Gaga at Micky's, West Hollywood". The Daily Telegraph. August 29, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  61. ^ RuPaul's Sissy That Walk Official Music Video. YouTube. May 12, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  62. ^ Adore Delano - Jump the Gun (Official). YouTube. March 10, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  63. ^ Salandra, Anam (6 June 2017). "Alaska, Courtney Act, Willam Will Have The “Power” In New Little Mix Video". NewNowNext. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Alaska Thunderfuck 5000
& Roxxxy Andrews
RuPaul's Drag Race runner-up
Season 6 (2014)
(with Adore Delano)
Succeeded by
Ginger Minj & Pearl