Jinkx Monsoon

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Jinkx Monsoon
Jinkx Monsoon 006 - DC Capital Pride street festival - 2013-06-09 (9001924615).jpg
Monsoon at the 2013 Capital Pride in Washington, D.C.
Born Jerick Hoffer
(1987-09-18) September 18, 1987 (age 29)
Portland, Oregon
Residence Seattle, Washington US
Occupation Singer, actor, drag performer, reality television personality
Known for Winning RuPaul's Drag Race season 5
Predecessor Sharon Needles
Successor Bianca Del Rio

Jinkx Monsoon is the stage name of American drag performer Jerick Hoffer and winner of the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.


Jerick Hoffer was born in Portland, Oregon, the oldest of four children. Hoffer attended da Vinci Arts for middle school and graduated from Grant High School. Hoffer came out as gay in middle school. In a Facebook post about transphobia and the drag scene, Monsoon stated "I, myself do not identify as cis-gendered. I am genderless."[1] They first performed in drag at the age of 15 at the all-ages Escape Nightclub.[1][2]

Hoffer was raised Catholic. When they were eighteen, they found Russian-Jewish ancestry on their mother's side.[3] Their drag character, Jinkx, is characterized as Jewish.[4] Hoffer also suffers from narcolepsy, a fact that they revealed in the season 5 premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Hoffer worked as a janitor through college and graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in theater from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010.[5][6][7] They have lived in Seattle, Washington since 2006.[8]


Jinkx Monsoon, 2014

After moving to Seattle from Portland, Hoffer and creative partner Nick Sahoyah wrote and starred in multiple Funny or Die webisodes titled Monsoon Season in which they played Jinkx Monsoon as an over-bearing, substance addled, near-psychotic mother to Nick Sahoya's character, Kamikaze Monsoon.[9]

In 2011, Monsoon appeared in the Wes Hurley film Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel.[10] On February 28, 2013, the first screening at Seattle's Central Cinema was hosted by Monsoon and Waxie Moon.[11]

In January 2012, Hoffer appeared as Moritz in the rock musical Spring Awakening at the Balagan Theater in Seattle. Controversy arose from The Seattle Times review by Misha Berson, who said that Hoffer was "overly flamboyant" for the role.[12][13] Dan Savage defended Hoffer's portrayal of Moritz.[14] From July 21 to August 19, Hoffer starred as Angel in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of the musical RENT.[7][15]

In January 2013, Hoffer played Hedwig in the Moore Theatre's production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.[16] Balagan reprised the production in December 2013 for a week long run with Hoffer and the original cast/production team.

In June 2013 Hoffer played Velma Von Tussle in the Seattle Men's Chorus/5th Avenue Theatre's production of the musical Hairspray .[17] This was a limited run staged reading/concert of the musical with costumes and limited props but no sets or elaborate choreography and featured the Seattle Men's Chorus onstage with the cast.

Hoffer also performs as Jinkx Monsoon in the original one act cabaret musical The Vaudevillians under the name "Kitty Witless." Hoffer is accompanied by musical partner and co-creator Richard Andriessen, who performs under the name "Dr. Dan Von Dandy." The Vaudevillians performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City from July to November 2013.[1][18][19] After touring Australia with The Vaudevillians, Hoffer received a nomination for the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer.[20]

In 2013 Hoffer was chosen as one of the Artists of the Year by City Arts Magazine along with Megan Griffiths, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Wes Hurley.[21]

Hoffer played Tallulah/Dennis, the owner of Lipstick Lounge in an episode of Blue Bloods entitled "Manhattan Queens", which aired on January 31, 2014.

In 2015 Hoffer joined the cast of Wes Hurley's hit comedy series Capitol Hill.[22]

Drag Becomes Him[edit]

In June 2011, Hoffer became subject to a YouTube docu-series by Alex Berry, a Seattle videographer. Named after Death Becomes Her, one of Jinkx's favorite movies, Drag Becomes Him explores Hoffer's life in and out of drag.[23] The series has continued since the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race and will offer insight into their life since the show.[24]

In October 2013 it was announced that Drag Becomes Him was being turned into a feature-length film with Seattle-based producer Basil Shadid on board. A Kickstarter campaign in March 2014 successfully raised funds to complete the project. March 26, 2015 Hoffer announced on their Instagram page that the film will premiere at the Cinerama in Seattle on April 29, 2015.[25]

RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

In November 2012, Logo announced that Jinkx Monsoon was among fourteen drag queens who would be competing on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[26] Hoffer was inspired to audition after seeing Sharon Needles, another high-concept, character-driven drag queen, on the fourth season of the show.[2] Monsoon won the main-challenges for the episodes "Snatch Game" and "Drama Queens."[27][28] For the "Snatch Game," Monsoon impersonated Edith Bouvier Beale, who was known for appearing in the documentary Grey Gardens.[1][29] Monsoon also impersonated third season contestant Mimi Imfurst for the episode "Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza."[30] As part of RuPaul's Drag Race, Monsoon sang on the "We Are the World"-inspired song "Can I Get an Amen?" The song's proceeds helped benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.[31] Monsoon also holds the record for most consecutive weeks being in the top, at 8 weeks. On 10 May 2013, Monsoon was named the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 5, winning the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar".


Hoffer's drag persona is inspired by their mother and the comedians Lucille Ball, Maria Bamford, Deven Green, and Sarah Silverman. Their drag persona's last name, Monsoon, is derived from the character Edina Monsoon from the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.[2] Hoffer also performs as the drag character Deirde A. Irwin, who is a Southern medium.[8]



Title Details
The Inevitable Album[32]


Song Year Album
"Can I Get an Amen?"
(RuPaul featuring RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Cast)
2013 Non-album singles
(Two Dudes In Love featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
"Bring It"
(Manila Luzon featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
"Coffee & Wine" 2014 The Inevitable Album
"The Bacon Shake"
(featuring Fred Schneider)
"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)"
(featuring Jean Morisoon)
2015 ReAnimated

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director
"Jinkxalicious" 2011 Alex Berry
"Coffee & Wine" 2014
"The Bacon Shake" Steve Willis
"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)" 2015 Steve Willis



Year Title Role
2011 Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel Themself/Davey
2013 East of Adin Anthony Johnson
2014 Drag Becomes Him Themself


Year Title Role Notes
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 5 – Winner
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Themself
2013 NewNowNext Awards Themself
2014 Blue Bloods Tallulah/Dennis Episode: "Manhattan Queens"
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 6 – "Countdown to the Crown" – Guest
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 7 – "Countdown to the Crown" – Guest
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 8 – "Keeping It 100!" (100th episode) – Guest

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Monsoon Season Themself
2011 Drag Becomes Him Themself
2013 31 Days of Jinkx Themself
2016 Capitol Hill Themself


Year Title Role Theatre
2010 Red Ranger Came Calling Red Ranger Book-It Repertory Theatre
Henry V Alice Center House Theatre
2011 Turning Parlor Tricks Deirdre A. Irwin Theatre Off Jackson
The Threepenny Opera Filch Intiman Playhouse
2012 Rent Angel Dumott Schunard 5th Avenue Theatre
Spring Awakening Moritz Balagan Theatre
2013 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Moore Theatre
Hairspray Velma Von Tussle 5th Avenue Theatre


  1. ^ a b c Scott, Aaron (18 April 2013). "Q&A: Jinkx Monsoon from 'RuPaul's Drag Race'". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Spencer, Aaron (30 January 2013). "Interview: Drag Queen Jinkx Monsoon". Willamette Week. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. ^ http://forward.com/articles/177624/being-jinkx-monsoon-the-narcoleptic-jewish-drag-qu/?p=all
  4. ^ Rachel Solomon (August 15, 2013). "Drag star's got Jewish roots under that blonde hair". The Times of Israel. 
  5. ^ Normal, Abby (10 March 2013). "Jinkx Monsoon Will Not Put You to Sleep". Yahoo! Voices. Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Baltus, Leah (31 December 2012). "The Revolutionary: Jerick Hoffer aka Jinkx Monsoon". City Arts Magazine. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Cornish Graduette Monsoon Storms RuPaul's Drag Race". Cornish College of the Arts. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Ryan, Adrian (11 May 2011). "The Hardest Working Man in 'Mo Business by Adrian Ryan - Seattle Theater - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper". The Stranger. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Monsoon Season". Funny or Die. June 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jerick Hoffer - IMDb". MDb. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Waxie Moon film to screen monthly at Central Cinema". Seattle Gay News. 22 February 2013. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  12. ^ Kiley, Brendan (10 January 2012). "Gay Actors, Straight Parts, and the "Flamboyance" Factor". The Stranger. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Berson, Misha (11 January 2012). "'Spring Awakening': powerful passion at Balagan". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Savage, Dan (11 January 2012). "Who Says Moritz in Spring Awakening is a "Straight Part"?". The Stranger. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "RENT - 5th Avenue". 5th Avenue Theatre. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  16. ^ Sommerfeld, Seth (7 January 2013). "A Fiendish Conversation with Jerick Hoffer". Seattle Metropolitan. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  17. ^ Hetrick, Adam (23 April 2013). ""RuPaul's Drag Race" Contestant Jinkx Monsoon Will Star in Seattle Concert Staging of Hairspray". Playbill. Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Wolffe, J (19 April 2013). ""The Vaudevillains" (Starring Jinkx Monsoon) Sells Out 3x Over!". Lez Get Real. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  19. ^ Adam, Adam. "The Vaudevillians, Starring "RuPaul's Drag Race" Winner Jinkx Monsoon, Extends for Fifth Time". Playbill. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/shine-2013-artists-year
  22. ^ http://cityartsonline.com/articles/seattle-soap
  23. ^ Rudolph, Christopher (13 May 2013). "Jinx Monsoon, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Winner, Stars In 'Drag Becomes Him' YouTube Series (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  24. ^ Avery, Dan (24 May 2013). "More From The Jinkx Monsoon Documentary "Drag Becomes Him"". New Now Next. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  25. ^ https://instagram.com/p/0qetkgFp8G/
  26. ^ Coughlan, Maggie (19 November 2012). "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Contestants Announced". People. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  27. ^ Sava, Oliver (26 February 2013). "Snatch Game". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  28. ^ Sava, Oliver (2 April 2013). "Drama Queensl". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  29. ^ Michael, Broder (1 March 2013). "Drag Queen Culture Divide: Breaking Down What Happened on This Week's RuPaul's Drag Race Snatch Game". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  30. ^ Sava, Oliver (5 February 2013). "Lip Synch Eleganza Extravaganza". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  31. ^ Parker, Lyndsey (5 March 2013). "Great Musical Moments In Reality TV: RuPaul's "Can I Get An Amen"". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  32. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-inevitable-album/id872535715

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Preceded by
Sharon Needles
RuPaul's Drag Race winner
Season 5 (2013)
Succeeded by
Bianca Del Rio