Miz Cracker

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Miz Cracker
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Miz Cracker at RuPaul's DragCon LA 2018
Born
Maxwell Heller

(1984-04-19) April 19, 1984 (age 35)[1]
ResidenceManhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationDrag queen
Years active2011–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race (season 10)
Websitemizcracker.com

Miz Cracker (born April 19, 1984) is the stage name of Maxwell Heller,[2] an American drag queen and television personality.[3] She is best known for placing fifth on the tenth season of the reality competition television series RuPaul's Drag Race.[4]

Early life[edit]

Maxwell Heller was born in Seattle, Washington.[5] He began doing drag in 2011 and participated in marches for equality in Times Square with his drag mother Bob the Drag Queen, winner of the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[6][7][8][9]

Career[edit]

Miz Cracker was announced as one of fourteen contestants competing on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 22, 2018.[10] She won the episode ten main challenge after doing a makeover on Chester See.[11][12][13] She was eliminated an episode later after losing a lip sync to "Nasty Girl" by Vanity 6 to eventual runner-up Kameron Michaels.[14] After her elimination, Paper's Rose Dommu wrote, "Miz Cracker is a star, Goddamnit."[15]

She has a homemade web series, Review with a Jew, where she recaps episodes of Drag Race, starting from All Stars three. The series debuted on January 31, 2018.[16] Alexandra Pucciarelli from Alma wrote the series is "always hilarious."[17]

Miz Cracker was featured with alumni Tammie Brown, Ginger Minj, Jasmine Masters, Shea Couleé and Eureka O'Hara for the Billboard web series "Spillin' the Tea" on June 13, 2018.[18] She was introduced as the host of her own WoWpresents web series, "JewTorials" on June 26, 2018.[19] She has also appeared three times on the Bon Appétit YouTube channel cooking with Carla Music.[20][21][22][23]

Miz Cracker has written regularly for Slate since 2014, and in 2016, she received the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's Excellence in Column Writing award.[24] Miz Cracker was nominated with Aquaria for the "Competition Contestant of 2018" for the 2018 People's Choice Awards.[25]

In early 2019, she finished her one-woman show called "It's Time", which she performed across the UK. Billboard stated, "The show touched on her struggle with addiction during her early 20s, with a little bit of "Cracker-brand" comedy sprinkled in."[26] Miz Cracker was added to the Drag Race "Haters Roast: The Shady Tour" comedy tour with other alumnae in 2019.[27][28]

Music[edit]

Miz Cracker worked with Alexis Michelle, Lady Sinagaga, and Sherry Vine to create "Jappy", a cover of Pharrell Williams' "Happy".[29]

Personal life[edit]

Heller is Jewish.[30] He resides in Harlem, Manhattan,[31] and has a black belt in karate.[32] Before Drag Race, he worked as a school teacher in Senegal and speaks Wolof.[33] He held a fundraiser for LGBT rights in Uganda in 2016.[34]

Heller was robbed of his money and ID card while on tour in Dublin, Ireland, on August 10, 2018.[35][36][37]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 10) Herself Contestant (5th place)
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (season 10)

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Review with a Jew[16] Herself Hostess
2018 Spillin' the Tea
2018 Bon Appétit
2018 JewTorials Hostess
2019 Cosmo Queens[38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Miz Cracker on Twitter". Twitter.
  2. ^ "How 'Gay' Should a Gay Bar Be?". The New York Times. 2017-06-24. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2018-06-14. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  3. ^ "The Miz Cracker & Aquaria Comparisons On 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Don't Matter, Because Miz Cracker Will Win With Her Comedy". Bustle. April 25, 2018. Archived from the original on July 12, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Recap: Is Miz Cracker Problematic?". Vice. March 23, 2018. Archived from the original on May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  5. ^ Teas, Harney & Sons Fine. "Harney Tea Party: Miz Cracker". Harney & Sons Fine Teas. Archived from the original on 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  6. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 10: what to know before streaming". Newsweek. 2018-03-22. Archived from the original on 2018-05-13. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  7. ^ "Miz Cracker - Feb 17, 2015 (Bowdoin - Theater and Dance)". www.bowdoin.edu. Archived from the original on July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10: Meet the New Queens". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-05-12. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  9. ^ Cracker, Miz (2015-05-08). "In Praise of Drag Mothers, the Matriarchs of Queer Family". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  10. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10: Meet the 14 fierce drag queens". USA TODAY. Archived from the original on 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  11. ^ Sava, Oliver. "Drag Race recruits social media influencers for a middling makeover challenge". TV Club. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  12. ^ Blanton, Kayla. "These Social Media Stars Got 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Makeovers & They Are SO GOOD". Bustle. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  13. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 episode ten recap: Shortchanged". Metro Weekly. 2018-05-28. Retrieved 2019-05-15.
  14. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' 10 episode 11 recap: Which queen was cut on 'Evil Twins'? [UPDATING LIVE] – GoldDerby". www.goldderby.com. Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  15. ^ Dommu, Rose (June 8, 2018). "RuCap: Miz Cracker Is a Star, Goddamnit". Paper Magazine. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  16. ^ a b Miz Cracker (2018-01-31), Miz Cracker's Review with a Jew - All Stars S3 E01, archived from the original on 2018-03-01, retrieved 2018-07-12
  17. ^ Pucciarelli, Alexandra (2018). "Jewish Drag Queen Miz Cracker Shined on RuPaul's Drag Race This Season". Alma. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  18. ^ "Spillin' The Tea: 'Drag Race' Queens Talk Dating & Tammie Brown's Night In Jail | Billboard Pride". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2018-07-18. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  19. ^ "Drag Queen Miz Cracker Gets Her Own Show, 'JewTorials'". The Forward. Archived from the original on 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  20. ^ "Miz Cracker and Carla Make Friendly Sandwiches / From the Test Kitchen / Bon Appétit". 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  21. ^ "Miz Cracker and Carla Make Chanukah Latkes / From the Test Kitchen / Bon Appétit". 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  22. ^ "Miz Cracker Tries to Keep Up With a Professional Chef / Back-to-Back Chef / Bon Appétit". 2018-06-22. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  23. ^ "Miz Cracker Joins 'Bon Appetit' for a Tasty Hanukkah Cooking Adventure: WATCH". Towleroad Gay News. 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  24. ^ "Miz Cracker". Slate Magazine.
  25. ^ "30 Viacom Shows and Movies Up for People's Choice Awards: Vote Through October 19". Viacom Corporate. 2018-09-26. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  26. ^ Piedra, Xavier (February 27, 2019). "Miz Cracker Talks Feminist One-Woman Show & Offers Advice to 'Drag Race' Season 11 Queens". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  27. ^ Graham, Byron (2019-02-05). "The Ten Best Comedy Shows in Denver: February 2019". Westword. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  28. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. "'Haters Roast' with 'RuPaul's Drag Race' stars coming to the Pageant". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  29. ^ "5 Jewish drag queens slaying the competition". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Archived from the original on 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  30. ^ Forward, The (2018-06-14). "Comic and Contemplative, Miz Cracker Is the Fabulous Jewish Drag Queen We Need". Haaretz. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  31. ^ "Meet The Queens Of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10". PAPER. 2018-02-23. Archived from the original on 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  32. ^ "The "Drag Race" Season 10 Queens Reveal Their Secret Talents". LOGO News. Archived from the original on 2018-05-24. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  33. ^ "Miz Cracker on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  34. ^ "Help Miz Cracker Help the LGBT Community of Uganda! | Uganda". 2016-06-29. Archived from the original on 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  35. ^ Kelly, Fiona. "Our favourite RuPaul's Drag Race contestant was mugged in Dublin last night | Buzz.ie". Buzz.ie. Archived from the original on 2018-08-12. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  36. ^ Grant, David (2018-08-14). "Miz Cracker mugged on her way to a show". www.queerty.com. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  37. ^ Jones, Fionnuala. "Drag Race star Miz Cracker was mugged in Dublin ahead of her show with the season 10 queens". The Daily Edge. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  38. ^ Editors, The (2019-01-16). "Miz Cracker Serves Major Face with Her Newest Makeup Look". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2019-05-10.

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