Matt Kugelman’s Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia With Hate has the famed drag queen Bianca Del Rio (AKA Roy Haylock) as a gay teacher who’s tricked into going to Russia by his arch nemesis, played by Rachel Dratch, only to have funny hijinks erupt involving drag, sexuality, rats, and even romance.
Co-stars include Wanda Sykes, Janeane Garofalo, and Cheyenne Jackson, plus Drag Race stars like Shangela, Kasha Davis, Katya, Darienne Lake, and Alaska Thunderfuck (her bit provides a brilliant punchline to a Sarah Palin dis)—and I even have two lines as a TV reporter. So I was perfect to host two Q&As at the SVA Theater’s New York premiere of the film last week, keeping things bitchy and lively.
“Have you ever been fisted?” I wondered in one line of questioning, apropos of nothing.
“With both hands—Lady Bunny,” replied Roy/Bianca. “She said she was looking for her jewelry.”
“And they found a gerbil,” I cracked.
I asked why the screen seems to get fuzzy—à la Lucille Ball in Mame—whenever Darienne is on screen, and Bianca insisted it’s because the plus-sized drag star was eating mayonnaise off the camera.
We talked about the star-fan relationship, so I asked how far Bianca would go for an admirer—a five-dollar blow job? “That’s how I met Rachel Dratch,” she cracked, adding, “And she’s the perfect height.” I then started piling on poor Dratch (who’s a riot), asking, “Rachel, you used to work with good people like Tina Fey. What happened?”
At another esteemed moment in the discussion, screenwriter Derek Hartley compared this film to Sister Act: Back in the Habit, and I said, “It’s more like Babe 2: Pig in the City.”
I hear part three, by the way, will be set in Africa. Russia must be relieved.
Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate will be released on demand and in select theaters on May 18.