Pandora Boxx

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Pandora Boxx
Pandora Boxx 2014.jpg
Pandora Boxx performing at the Gay Games Festival Village in Cleveland, OH in 2014
Born
Michael Steck

ResidenceLos Angeles, California U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian, drag queen, musician, playwright, reality television personality
Years active2005–present
Websitewww.pandoraboxx.com

Pandora Boxx (born Michael Steck in Jamestown, New York) is an American drag queen, comedian and reality television personality from Rochester, New York. She is best known as a contestant from the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race[1] and the first season of RuPaul's All Star Drag Race.

Early life[edit]

Boxx was born Michael Steck in Jamestown, New York.[2] The family later moved to Olean, New York.[3][unreliable source?] Steck was inspired to do drag after watching the eventual season six contestant Darienne Lake perform in an outdoor festival in Rochester, New York. For her first show at the gay bar Infinity in Rochester, Steck chose her drag name as a play on words of Pandora's box, an artifact found in Greek mythology.[4]

Career[edit]

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Boxx auditioned two times before becoming a contestant on the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Highlights of her performance on Drag Race include an impersonation of Carol Channing on "Snatch Game" (a Match Game parody challenge). Performing well in the show's challenges, her failure to win one resulted in RuPaul calling her "the Susan Lucci of this competition." She was eliminated in the eighth episode, "Golden Gals."[5] After her elimination, Entertainment Weekly called her their pick for "America's Next Drag Superstar."[6][7] She was later voted the Miss Congeniality of her season.

After her elimination, Boxx appeared on the three seasons of the Drag Race spin-off series RuPaul's Drag U. She also appeared in a television commercial for Absolut Vodka that aired during the third season of Drag Race dressed as a Bloody Mary.[8]

In 2011, she hosted an episode of Logo's One Night Stand Up, a comedy special filmed live in the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Other performers included Bianca Del Rio, Hedda Lettuce, and Kelly Mantle.[9] Later that year, Boxx appeared in an Entertainment Weekly photo spread along with Mimi Imfurst that featured Melissa McCarthy channeling Divine.[10] On September 27, 2011, Boxx released her first single "Cooter!"

Boxx and Sherry Vine released "Give Me All Your Muff", a parody of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" by Madonna in 2012.[11] In addition, Boxx released several singles in 2012: a cover version of Samantha Fox's hit song "I Wanna Have Some Fun" and the original song "Nice Car! (Shame About Your Penis)."

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In 2012, Sharon Needles won the online voting to appear on RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars, but revealed that she was not going to participate due to the fact she was the reigning winner of the fourth season. Needles also confirmed that Boxx was her replacement and would appear on the show.[12] Boxx, along with team partner Mimi Imfurst, formed Team Mandora, were the first two contestants eliminated on All Stars.

After All Stars 1, Boxx was a playable character with Manila Luzon and Yara Sofia for the "RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis" mobile app.[13]

In 2013, Boxx began hosting Drag Race recaps for NewNowNext on Logo, called "Drag Center". She also released a single with Adam Barta called "You Seemed Shady to Me", which hit Top 50 on the iTunes comedy single charts.[14]

In 2018, Boxx released "Oops I Think I Pooped", a parody of "This Is How We Do" by Katy Perry. The Music Video featured fellow RuPaul's Drag Race's contestants Alaska Thunderfuck, Jasmine Masters and Mariah Paris Balenciaga, as well as Jai Rodriguez from Queer Eye.[15]

In May 2019, Boxx appeared on stage during the performance of Christine and the Queens at the season finale for the eleventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[16].

Other work[edit]

Besides appearing on Drag Race, she wrote, directed, produced, and appeared in Mrs. Kasha Davis: The Life of an International Housewife Celebrity starring fellow drag performer from Rochester's Tilt nightclub, Mrs. Kasha Davis.[17] Boxx also wrote a play, The Lipstick Massacre, directed by David Henderson and starring herself and actress Kasha Davis. The plot follows a commercial actress, Daphne Von Hausenpfeffer, whose career is fading. When other actresses up for the same roles start disappearing, it seems Daphne may be the prime suspect.[18] It was described as "a new murder mystery/B-horror movie/comedy play."[19] The Lipstick Massacre has played at Rochester's Multi-use Community Cultural Center,[20] and the Geva Theatre.[21]

She is usually credited as "Michael Steck" for creative roles.

Personal life[edit]

Steck became engaged on Christmas Day, 2010, making an announcement via Twitter.[22]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Producer Album
"Cooter!" 2011 Non-album singles
"I Wanna Have Some Fun"
(featuring Tim Permanent)
2012
"Nice Car! (Shame About Your Penis)"
(featuring Shango)
"You Seemed Shady to Me"
(featuring Adam Barta)
"Different" 2014 Electropoint
"Unicorn" 2015
"Oops I Think I Pooped" 2018

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 A Voice from the Lantern Marvelous Marvin Short film
2008 Mrs. Kasha Davis: The Life of an International Housewife Celebrity Delores Matterhatter Short film; director and writer
2013 X Confident Iris Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ricki Lake (TV series) Herself Get A Grip, Doll...You’re To Fat To Be A Drag Queen
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself 5th Place (Eliminated in Episode 9)
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself
2010–12 RuPaul's Drag U Herself
2010 Jeffery & Cole Casserole[23] Season 2, Episode 5: "The Teen Moms"
2011 One Night Stand Up Herself Episode 10: Dragtastic NYC
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Tiffany Episode 8: "Dee Dee's Pillow"
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars Herself 11th Place (Dual Elimination with Mimi Imfurst in Ep 1)
2013 She's Living for This[24] Herself Season 2, Episode 1

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Director
2012 "Queen" (Xelle)[25] JC Cassis
2013 "Ru Girl" (Alaska Thunderfuck) Carly Usdin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 2". Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  2. ^ Rezsnyak, Eric (26 January 2010). "PROFILE: Pandora Boxx". Rochester City Newspaper. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. ^ Normal, Abby (9 October 2011). "Pandora Boxx: From Little Michael to Cooter!". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  4. ^ Holland, Scott (10 September 2010). "Catching up with Pandora Boxx". Edge Boston. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  5. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race: Old Man Drag Is the Most Dangerous Kind". Gawker. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  6. ^ Hartinger, Brent (7 April 2010). "Interview: Pandora Boxx Opens Up on Her "RuPaul's Drag Race" Elimination Controversy". The Backlot.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  7. ^ "The Bullseye: April 9, 2010". Entertainment Weekly. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  8. ^ Elliott, Stuart (18 January 2011). "Sponsorship of This Series Is No 'Drag'". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  9. ^ Voss, Brandon (14 January 2011). "Hot Sheet Big Love, Idol, Skins". The Advocate. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  10. ^ "NEW: Pandora Boxx & Mimi Imfurst Photo Shoot". New Now Next. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  11. ^ Spargo, Chris (13 February 2012). "VIDEO: Pandora Boxx & Sherry Vine Parody Madonna". New Now Next. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  12. ^ Spargo, Chris (21 June 2012). "Sharon Needles Explains Why She Won't Be On 'RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race'". New Now Next. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  13. ^ Morgan, Glennisha (2013-04-24). "Dragopolis, 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Drag Queen Mobile Game, Set To Debut". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  14. ^ Source: http://www.newnownext.com/pandora-boxx-adam-barta-you-seemed-shady-to-me-music-video/07/2013/
  15. ^ Bote, Joshua (September 24, 2018). "Pandora Boxx Lets it Rip With Alaska, Jasmine Masters and More in Epic Katy Perry Parody: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  16. ^ Christine and the Queens Performs On 'Drag Race', Debuts New Song With Charli XCX: Watch
  17. ^ Steck, Michael. "Mrs. Kasha Davis: The Life of an International Housewife Celebrity (2008)". Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  18. ^ Rezsnyak, Eric (November 11, 2009). "THEATER REVIEW: "Lipstick Massacre"". Roc hester City Newspaper. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  19. ^ Steck, Michael. "Facebook | The Lipstick Massacre". Facebook. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  20. ^ "The Lipstick Massacre". Multi-use Community Cultural Center. Retrieved 23 May 2010. |first= missing |last= (help)
  21. ^ "Springfest 2010". Geva Theatre. Archived from the original on June 9, 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  22. ^ Boxx, Pandora. "Engaged on Christmas! :-)". Twitter. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  23. ^ "Pandora Boxx". TV.com. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  24. ^ "**She's Living For This**". here TV. Archived from the original on 23 August 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  25. ^ Spargo, Chris (25 October 2012). "XELLE's 'Queen' Music Video Features Every 'Drag Race' Queen: Watch". New Now Next. Retrieved 3 March 2013.

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