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Jinkx Monsoon
Jinkx Monsoon 006 - DC Capital Pride street festival - 2013-06-09 (9001924615) (cropped).jpg
Monsoon in 2013
Born
Jerick Hoffer

(1987-09-18) September 18, 1987 (age 34)
EducationCornish College of the Arts (BFA)
Occupation
  • Drag queen
  • actor
  • singer
  • reality television personality
Years active2003–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race (season 5) winner
PredecessorSharon Needles
SuccessorBianca Del Rio
Spouse(s)
Michael Abbott
(m. 2021)
Musical career
OriginSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres
  • Jazz
  • pop
  • rock
  • alternative
InstrumentsVocals & Ukulele
Labels
Websitejinkxmonsoon.com

Jerick Hoffer[1] (born September 18, 1987),[2] better known by the stage name Jinkx Monsoon, is an American drag performer, actor, comedian and singer who came to international attention by winning the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[1] They returned to compete in the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. Their first studio album, The Inevitable Album, was released in 2014, followed by their second studio album, The Ginger Snapped, in 2018. In June 2019, a panel of judges from New York magazine placed Monsoon 18th on their list of "the most powerful drag queens in America", a ranking of 100 former Drag Race contestants.[3]

Early life[edit]

Jerick Hoffer was born in Portland, Oregon, and first performed in drag at age 16 at the all-ages Escape Nightclub.[1][4] Their original drag name was going to be "Heidi Destruction" before settling on Jinkx Monsoon.[5] They attended da Vinci Arts Middle School and Grant High School.[6][7] Hoffer was raised Catholic, and discovered Russian-Jewish ancestry on their mother's side at the age of 18.[8] Their drag character, Jinkx, is characterized as Jewish as a way of reconnecting with this part of their heritage.[9] Hoffer worked as a janitor through college and graduated with a BFA in theater from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010.[10][11][12] They have lived in Seattle, Washington since 2006.[13]

Career[edit]

Jinkx Monsoon, 2014

2011-2013: Career beginnings[edit]

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 overbearing, substance addled, near-psychotic mother to Nick Sahoyah's character, Kamikaze Monsoon.[14] In 2011, Hoffer appeared in the Wes Hurley film Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel.[15][better source needed] On February 28, 2013, the first screening at Seattle's Central Cinema was hosted by Monsoon and Waxie Moon.[16]

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 they were "overly flamboyant" for the role.[17][18] Dan Savage defended Hoffer's portrayal of Moritz.[19] From July 21 to August 19, they starred as Angel in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of the musical RENT.[12][20]

In January 2013, Hoffer played Hedwig in the Moore Theatre's production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.[21] Balagan reprised the production in December 2013 for a week long run with Hoffer and the original cast/production team. In June 2013, they played Velma Von Tussle in the Seattle Men's Chorus/5th Avenue Theatre's production of the musical Hairspray.[22]

Hoffer also performs as Jinkx Monsoon in the original one act cabaret musical The Vaudevillians under the name "Kitty Witless." They are 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][23][24] After touring Australia with The Vaudevillians, they received a nomination for the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer.[25]

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

2013-present: RuPaul's Drag Race[edit]

Monsoon at Gay Pride in 2013

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.[27] Hoffer was inspired to audition after seeing Sharon Needles on the fourth season of the show.[4] Monsoon won the main-challenges for the episodes "Snatch Game" and "Drama Queens."[28][29] For the "Snatch Game," Monsoon impersonated Edith Bouvier Beale.[1][30] Monsoon also impersonated third-season contestant Mimi Imfurst in the episode "Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza."[31] 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.[32] Monsoon won RuPaul's Drag Race season 5.

In December 2014, an animated version of Hoffer appeared in the "RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis 2.0" mobile app.[33] In 2015, Hoffer joined the cast of Wes Hurley's comedy series Capitol Hill.[34] In 2020, Hoffer starred in a series of collaborations with frequent collaborator BenDeLaCreme, including Happiest Season and The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Special.[35][36]

In April 2022, it was announced that Jinkx would be competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, the first all winners edition of the franchise. [37]

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.[38] The series has continued since the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race and will offer insight into their life since the show.[39]

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. On March 26, 2015, Hoffer announced on their Instagram page that the film would premiere at the Cinerama in Seattle on April 29, 2015.[40]

Politics[edit]

Hoffer is very outspoken on their Instagram and Twitter about 45th US President Donald Trump and LGBT equality. They are a Democrat supporter and donated to both Elizabeth Warren's and Bernie Sanders' campaigns to be the Democratic nominee for President.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Hoffer identifies as "non-gendered" or non-binary,[42][43] and goes by singular they pronouns when not in drag. In an April 2017 interview, Monsoon stated, "I've never identified as fully male. I've always identified as more gender fluid or gender ambiguous, but I never knew the vocabulary to explain it for myself."[44]

Hoffer suffers from narcolepsy, a fact that they revealed in the season five premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race.

In January 2021, Hoffer married their partner Michael Abbott in a small ceremony at home with their friends and family witnessing through video call. The marriage was officiated by comedian Deven Green.[45]

Artistry[edit]

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.[4] Hoffer also performs as the drag character Deirdre A. Irwin, who is a Southern medium.[13]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
The Inevitable Album[46]
  • Released: May 6, 2014
  • Label: Sidecar Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Ginger Snapped[47]

Remix albums[edit]

Title Details
ReAnimated[48]
  • Released: October 13, 2015
  • Label: Sidecar Records, Producer Entertainment Group
  • Format: CD, Digital download

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Title Details
The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Special (with BenDeLaCreme)[49]
  • Released: December 11, 2020
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: LP, digital download

Commentary albums[edit]

Title Details
The Inevitable Commentary Album[50]
  • Released: July 2, 2014
  • Label: Sidecar Records, Producer Entertainment Group
  • Formats: digital download

Singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"Coffee & Wine"[51] 2014 The Inevitable Album
"The Bacon Shake"[52]
(featuring Fred Schneider)
"Creep"[53]
"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)"
(featuring Jean Morisoon)
2015 ReAnimated
"Cartoons and Vodka" 2018 The Ginger Snapped

Featured singles[edit]

Song Year Album
"Can I Get an Amen?"
(RuPaul featuring RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Cast)
2013 Non-album singles
"Schizophrenic"[54]
(Two Dudes in Love featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
"Bring It"[55]
(Manila Luzon featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
"Legends" (Cast Version)
(RuPaul featuring the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, season 7)
2022

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Other Artist(s) Album
"Red & Green" 2015 N/A Christmas Queens
"Passive Aggressive Christmas" 2016 Major Scales Christmas Queens 2
"Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" 2017 N/A Christmas Queens 3
"The Auld Lang Syne Song"
"Jingle Bell Rock" 2018 N/A Christmas Queens 4

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director
"Jinkxalicious"[56] 2011 Alex Berry
"Coffee & Wine"[57] 2014
"The Bacon Shake"[58] Steve Willis
"Creep"[59]
"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)"[60] 2015
"Red & Green"[61] Santiago Felipé
"Cartoons & Vodka"[62] 2018 Mac Kerman
"Just Me (The Gender Binary Blues)"[63] Santiago Felipé
"She Evil"[64] Brad Hammer, Shawn Adeli

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel Themself/Davey
2013 East of Adin Anthony Johnson
2014 Drag Becomes Him Themself
2019 Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts Themself
2019 The Queens[65] Themself
2020 Happiest Season[66] Em K. Ultra
2020 The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Special Themself

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 5 – Winner
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
NewNowNext Awards
2014 Blue Bloods Tallulah/Dennis Episode: "Manhattan Queens"
RuPaul's Drag Race Themself (guest) Season 6 – 2 episodes
2015 Season 7 – "Countdown to the Crown" – Guest
2016 Season 8 – 2 episodes
Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul 1 episode
2018 Steven Universe Emerald (voice) Season 5 – "Lars of the Stars"
Mighty Magiswords Hairmosa (voice) Season 2 – "To Balderly Go"
RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 10 – "10s Across the Board" – Guest
Bravest Warriors Jenna (voice) 3 episodes; credited as Jerick Hoffer aka Jinkx Monsoon
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 11 – "Snatch Game At Sea" – Guest
Blame the Hero The Queen 1 episode
2020 AJ and the Queen[67] Edie 1 episode
2022 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Themself Season 7 – Contestant
Countdown to All Stars 7: You’re a Winner Baby Themself VH1 special[68]
The View Themself Guest[69]

Music Videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Ref.
2015 "Hieeee" Alaska Thunderfuck [70]
2017 "Doom or Destiny" Blondie [71]
2018 Now or Never Blair St. Clair [72]

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
2019 The X Change Rate Themself
2020 Blood and Makeup Melora Oswald
2020 Helluva Boss Martha [73]
2021 I Like to Watch Themself [74]
2022 Around the Table Themself[75]

Theatre[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Helpmann Awards Best Cabaret Performer The Vaudevillians Nominated [25]
2018 WOWIE Awards Best Drag Queen Music Video "She Evil" Nominated [76][77]
2021 Queerty Awards Drag Royalty Themself Won [78]
Lockdown LOL The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Special Won [79]

See also[edit]

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