Bianca Del Rio insults her return to Australia
Dimpled-cheeked, larger-than-life clown in a dress Bianca Del Rio returns to Australia with his “Unsanitized!” to visit.
Bianca (otherwise known as Roy Haylock) entered the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Werk room and the hearts of millions in 2014. She won the crown on the show and has since done the world tour, serving up slice after slice of his sarcastic candor, impeccable timing and politically incorrect humor.
The insulting comic has appeared in movies, TV specials and on its own line of makeup removers (The Bianca Remover). She made her West End debut in “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”, plus she brought her pointed commentary to the page, with her book “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything “.
Now, after a few years of uncertainty and chaos, Bianca is back in the world of live stand-up, and she’s heading to Australia on her brand new comedy tour “Unsanitized!”.
If you liked COVID-19, you’ll love BIANCA-22.
We have a chat with Bianca following the announcement of her Australian tour.
We haven’t seen you since before the pandemic! In summary. . . What have you done ? !
Like everyone else, I was mostly trying to keep my sanity through the craziness and uncertainty. I bought a house and moved to Palm Springs just before it all fell apart and shut down, which kept me busy for a few months. Then I just drank and enjoyed spending time with my dogs. It was a nice break after spending the majority of the previous seven years on the road.
What is the biggest change in your life now compared to before all of this happened?
My two dogs finally finished college. Sammy pursues a career in nuclear physics and Dede takes time to decide whether she wants to enter the job market or apply for graduate school.
Having been on the Australian stage several times (on previous huge tours here!), is there anything you’ve noticed about Australian crowds that differs from crowds elsewhere?
Aussies are a bunch of wild, crazy, drunken female dogs! Actually, I think it’s just my fan base.
And what can audiences expect in this new show “Unsanitized!” ?
I always say ‘expect the unexpected’. Once I had a glass or two of wine. . . OK OK. . . A bottle or two of wine, you never know what will come out of my mouth. Also, I interact with the audience for a large part of my show, which makes every show different since it’s a different audience every night.
Do you have an essential and irreproachable method for manufacturing your equipment? How do jokes form for your shows?
I really feed off the crowd and my audience never disappoints. I feel like I have a sixth sense that pushes me to argue with the most ridiculous people in the crowd. Once I start talking to them, the jokes basically write themselves.
How did making people laugh attracted you to the art of stand-up?
I like people who don’t take everything seriously. Look at everything that is happening in the world. . . Health crises, corruption, wars, etc. We need humor and laughter to get through all of this without losing our minds. I love being able to make people laugh at the absurdity of life and forget for an hour or two all the darkness in the world.
Who do you admire most in your industry right now, and why?
Joan Rivers and Don Rickles. Well, I have to look down on them now because. . . You know. . . They are in the ground.
Your brand has grown and your name is attached to a number of things outside of just being a stand-up comedian. What’s the next thing you’d like to do that you haven’t been able to do yet?
I will try anything! My own TV show. My own Broadway musical. My own line of maternity clothes.
Is there anything you would like to tell your Australian fans – be as nice or as cruel as you want – by signing today?
Shoot down the chlamydia koalas, grab a cocktail and get ready to laugh out loud because I’m FINALLY back in Oz, bitches!
Bianca Del Rio Australia Tour Dates
August 31 – Queensland Center for the Performing Arts
September 2-3 – State Theater (Sydney)
September 5 – Thebarton Theater (Adelaide)
September 7 – Melbourne Arts Center
September 9 – Canberra Theater Center
September 10 – Astor Theater (Perth)