Hugo Grrrl

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Hugo Grrrl
Born
George Fowler

(1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 31)
Christchurch, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
OccupationDrag king, comedian, cabaret producer
Known forHouse of Drag winner
Websitewww.hugogrrrl.com

George Fowler (born 1 April 1991) better known by the stage name Hugo Grrrl, is a New Zealand drag king, comedian, and cabaret producer, best known for winning the inaugural season of House of Drag.[1] Upon entering the competition, Hugo Grrrl became the first drag king and first trans man to compete on a drag reality show.[2]

Drag king career[edit]

After finishing his studies, Fowler worked nights in bars before having a gender identity crisis in his twenties and deciding to dress in drag.[3] He quit his job and started his career as a full-time drag king.[4] In 2016, Hugo Grrrl created his well known shows "Naked Girls Reading", consists of nude women reciting literature aloud,[5] and "The Pun Battle" which is generally a battle between two comedians with a play on words.[6] With the success and popularity of both shows, Hugo Grrrl decided to take the shows on tour across the country.[7]

House of Drag[edit]

In 2018, Hugo Grrrl entered a New Zealand reality competition television series produced by Warner Bros. International TV Production New Zealand for TVNZ OnDemand and OutTV. It debuted on 15 November 2018 on TVNZ OnDemand.[8] In the first episode, all the contestants were introduced and participated in a photoshoot challenge. Hugo entered in a Ringmaster type outfit and had a stunning photoshoot making him safe for that week.[9][10] In the second episode, the contestants participated in a comedy stand up challenge with Hugo Grrrl wearing a Pink suit. His stand up routine was about coming out as a trans man.[11][12] In the third episode Hugo began the episode wearing a boy scouts outfit. After a comedic skit of tai chi, the contestants spoke about the criticism that Hugo Grrrl and Trinity Ice received for being transgender and a drag queen. Hugo Grrrl won the challenge of the week, which was a DIY outfit challenge.[13]

In the fourth episode, it began with Hugo Grrrl reflecting his win from the previous week. In this episodes challenge the contestants did an acting challenge. Surprisingly team captain Lola Blades picked Hugo to be in his team. Their team skit was the beginning of the host Anita Wigl'it career. Hugo's team won the team challenge, making him safe for the week.[14][15] In the fifth episode, the contestants had to compete in a dance challenge. Lola Blades was randomly selected to hand out the themes of the challenges, which resulted in Lola selecting Hugo to do the Hip Hop theme. Hugo performed his dance routine successfully, receiving only positive comments. Hugo Grrrl was safe on this week's episode.[16][17] On the sixth episode, It began with Hugo talking a little on his rival Lola Blades with Bunny Holiday. In this episodes challenge, the contestants had a four-person tournament like a rap battle. Hugo defeated Leidy Lei in the Semifinals, however, lost against Lola Blades in the finals. Hugo Grrrl was safe in this week's episode.[18][19] In the season finale, the competition were down to its final three. In the final challenge, the contestants had to compete in a lipsync challenge to "Cherry Blossom" by Sal Valentine. After a successful lip sync, Hugo Grrrl won the Inaugural season of House of drag with Lola Blades coming second and Leidy Lei coming third. Hugo took home a prize of $10,000, a 55" LG Smart LED TV and one year of free Broadband.[20][21]

Personal life[edit]

George Fowler was born in Christchurch to two English teachers. He moved to Wellington at the age of 17.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Note
2018 TVNZ Breakfast[23] Himself
Seven Sharp[24]
House of Drag 7 Episodes, Winner

Events and tours[edit]

  • The Pun Battle[25]
  • Naked Girls Reading[26]

Awards[edit]

  • 2017 Wellington Comedy Awards Best Producer (Won)[27]
  • 2018 Wellington Comedy Awards Best Producer (Won)[28]
  • 2018 Wellington Comedy Awards Best MC (Won)
  • 2018 Wellington Comedy Awards Outstanding Achievement (Won)
  • 2018 Wellingtonian of the Year Arts Category (Nominated)[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House of Drag winner Hugo Grrrl on his 'life-changing' win". The New Zealand Herald. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Wellington's Hugo Grrrl is the world's first drag king on reality TV". Stuff.co.nz. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  3. ^ "MEET THE 'HOUSE OF DRAG' KING: HUGO GRRRL". Gay Express. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  4. ^ "KING OF THE WORLD". Gay Express. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Naked Girls Reading". Radio New Zealand. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Your cheesy puns might be good, but comedian Penny Ashton's are grater". Stuff.co.nz. 13 October 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  7. ^ "George Fowler, MC". Foodshow. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  8. ^ "House of Drag: New TVNZ reality series searching for the ultimate Kiwi dragstar". Stuff.co.nz. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  9. ^ "House Of Drag: Who Shantay Stayed and who Sashayed Away". Stuff.co.nz. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  10. ^ "House Of Drag – Episode 1". TVNZ. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  11. ^ "House of Drag wobbles in the man-sized heels of Drag Race". SpinOff. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  12. ^ "House Of Drag – Episode 2". TVNZ. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  13. ^ "House Of Drag – Episode 3". TVNZ. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  14. ^ "House Of Drag – Episode 4". TVNZ. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  15. ^ "House of Drag, episode four recap: A shock exit leaves us shook". Spin Off. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  16. ^ "House Of Drag – Episode 5". TVNZ. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  17. ^ "House of Drag power rankings: Let me see y'all one two step". Spin Off. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  18. ^ "House Of Drag – Episode 6". TVNZ. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  19. ^ "House of Drag power rankings: The all-white rap challenge". Spin Off. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  20. ^ "House of Drag winner George Fowler, aka Hugo Grrrl on being Kiwi television's first drag king". Womens Day. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  21. ^ "House Of Drag – Episode 7". TVNZ. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  22. ^ "RESIDENT #124: DRAG KING GEORGE FOWLER ON MAKING HUGO GRRRL". Resident. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Hugo Grrrl on Breakfast TVNZ for The Pun Battle". Youtube. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  24. ^ "The Pun Battle on Seven Sharp: Hugo Grrrl". Youtube. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Pun-erston North prepares to suffer a re-wording and pun night out". Stuff.co.nz. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Naked Girls Reading: a phenomenon that's about to hit Christchurch". Stuff.co.nz. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Naked Girls Reading is nude women as you've never seen them before". Stuff.co.nz. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  28. ^ "Carnage Comedy Show". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Wellingtonian of the Year finalists revealed". Stuff.co.nz. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2019.