All hail the King, baby! This Friday’s Babe’s 4th Friday event will see the (semi) final performance of Jack Twist, local Drag King Extraordinaire.
Twist’s decision was a struggle, but he’s decided, with his wife, to embark on the adventure of having a child, and Twist said he needed to reallocate his time, effort, and income in the name of raising a family. “As a lot of people know children and the process of having a baby is not cheap. So I am putting the funds that I have to do drag into having a baby.”
Twist has been doing drag for 8 years. He was crowned Mr. DC Royale in 2012, a title bestowed upon him by The Imperial Court of Washington DC. He was also recently awarded The Presidents Award from the Down Town Dollies in Fredericksburg. But beyond the accolades, it’s the many fond memories Twist has that he hopes to be remembered by. “I have had so many wonderful opportunities while being apart of this community. Which is why I will not be leaving this community all together. I still very much want to be apart in or out of drag to help continue to raise awareness for non profits…”
To help commemorate his final performance, Twist will be performing one of the first numbers he performed when he first moved to Richmond two yeas ago. He also, through working with Drag legend Sharon Husbands, has developed a number based on a running joke between the two. “I am just going to do my best at giving amazing performances. For the people who have both loved and supported me while I have been apart of such an amazing cast, who have become family.”
As stated, Twist wont be entirely retiring from the Richmond Drag scene, in fact, he’ll be one of the first drag kings to perform in Godfrey’s Drag Brunch. His first performance will be July 20th from noon-2:30.
As for advice for aspiring drag kings, Twist has a few wise words: “Trying to be just like someone is harder than looking inside of yourself, and see what you have to offer the drag community.” – so heed his words well, paste on that mustache and come on out to Babe’s Fourth Friday to celebrate the end of a King’s reign.