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The queen of mean is back down under and she’s taking no hostages as she hits the road again after three consecutive sell-out Australian tours.

Bianca Del Rio’s brand-new comedy show It’s Jester Joke sees the “Joan Rivers of the drag world” tell tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life, while pondering what it means to “take a joke” in the social media age. 

“I think it’s important to remember that everything is a joke. I’m a joke! I’m a 43-year-old man in a wig, there’s nothing serious about me!” Del Rio told the City Hub’s resident drag fanatic, Alannah Maher. 

The limitless insult humour of this “clown in a gown” may not always strike the right chord with the Twitterverse, but that’s the last audience she has in mind.

“I’m not attacking a certain group or a certain people, it’s just my insane observations,” said Del Rio. “I’m not trying to convert you, and god forbid I’m not going to explain myself to a 13-year-old girl from Arizona who has some issue with my eye makeup, please!”

The winner of the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and one of the biggest breakout stars from the television phenomenon, Del Rio is a tireless hustler – with a memoir, a line of eye makeup removers and two movies in the Hurricane Bianca series to her name (and a third in the works, whenever she finds a break in her touring schedule). 

However, Del Rio said the thrill of a live audience keeps her doing stand-up.

“A live audience is my favourite thing and that’s how my ‘career’ so-to-speak started, working in bars… if you can deal with drunk people at 1 am in New York City on a Monday night then I think you can handle anybody… enjoy the ride with me.” (AM)

Feb 28-Mar 1. State Theatre, 49 Market St, Sydney. $91.62. Tickets & Info: www.ticketmaster.com.au

By Alannah Maher