Pissi Myles is an accomplished drag comedian, singer, and hostess from Asbury Park, New Jersey. She is the cycle-four winner of Philly Drag Wars and was voted Best Drag Hostess in Philadelphia at the Beacon Light Awards. In addition to her weekly shows in Asbury Park, she continues to produce her one “woman” show, “Boys Will Be Girls,” at Rockbar, NYC, among her many other monthly shows and guest appearances throughout NYC, Philadelphia, and Jersey. I recently had the chance to stop this queen dead in her tracks to ask her a few questions for this column.
How did you get started doing drag and who were some of your inspirations when you started?
I started doing drag because acting is hard! I wasn’t getting the jobs I wanted, and it felt like no one realized that I was funny, or that I had so much more to offer. My husband David was the one who finally said, “You know, you’d make a great drag queen.” After that, I just decided to say, “Skin to the wind!” and do it! The rest is on the books. I’m inspired by the legendary queens like Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, and Bette Midler. Bette Midler is one of the best drag queens I’ve ever seen!
Tell me about who exactly Pissi Myles the performer is.
As a performer, Pissi Myles is a loud-mouthed woman whose tonge-in-cheek jokes are all in good fun. She’s fat, sassy, and funny- I think it makes for a hell of a good time! I always want the people watching to be open to laughing at themselves... and of course at me!
In the nine seasons of Rupaul’s “Drag Race” I’ve noticed an influx of fledgling queens come out. There have been naysayers that say that RDR has “bastardized” drag. What are your thoughts on that? I think drag has become so much more accessible now, don’t you? There’s a much broader audience. Queens can perform in so many more places than they were typically performing before. I don’t think drag will ever be mainstream, it’s designed to push people’s buttons, but I think “Drag Race” allows us to be seen so much more, and that’s great for any LGBT people!
I’ve had the pleasure of not only working with you, but to call you a friend. I know that you’re the total package, you sing, you write your own parodies, you sew, you paint fiercely; would you consider auditioning for Drag Race for season 10?
Who knows? Those audition tape guidelines are crazy, have you ever read them? I can’t do that tape and focus on my sandwich.
In the short time you’ve been doing drag, you’ve marketed yourself gorgeously and have created quite a name for yourself. What advice would you give an upcoming drag queen just starting out in this queen eat queen business?
My advice to new queens is to try to enjoy what you’re doing. If you love what you’re doing, the audience will too. And be kind to each other.
What makes you Pissi?
When the Goddamn shake machine is broken at McDonald’s. Ten billion dollars a day, and they can’t have a working shake machine??
If you’ve never attended a Pissi Myles show, you definitely must. Pissi Myles is definitely one to watch out for. If you want to book her, do so now before her career forces her to increase her booking fee.