Jinkx Monsoon's New Ambition: Host 'SNL' in Drag

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday September 17, 2022
Originally published on September 16, 2022

Jinkx Monsoon on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars"
Jinkx Monsoon on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars"  (Source:Jordin Althaus/World of Wonder/Paramount+)

Jinkx Monsoon has won "RuPaul's Drag Race" twice — once on the regular show and once on the "All Stars" spinoff — and now she has a new prize in mind: Hosting "Saturday Night Live."

E! News reported that Monsoon signaled her interest in an "SNL" hosting gig late last month.

"On Aug. 29, after the official 'Saturday Night Live' Twitter account asked, 'Who do you want to host SNL?,' Jinkx responded with two eye emojis, seemingly tossing her name into the mix," E! said.

Monsoon confirmed her interest with the entertainment news outlet, saying that she is "extremely serious" about a hosting gig, even though "I know that it's going to be a logistical nightmare. How do you change the make-up from scene to scene?"

"But whatever, I'll fucking figure it out!" the drag icon declared. "I've done harder things in my life. I won 'Drag Race' twice, I could do an episode of 'SNL,' god dammit!"

E! recalled that RuPaul hosted "SNL" two years ago, but not in drag. Monsoon, however, has no intention of letting the chance slip by to break new ground.

"I want to host in drag because I want to show that it can be done," the performer told E! "One of my mantras is 'A step forward for one of us is a step forward for all of us.' So if I were to host in drag, maybe it wouldn't be so inconceivable to see future episodes with more drag queens hosting. Or maybe it wouldn't be inconceivable to have a gender non-binary person being a permanent cast member."

E! reported that Monsoon is already working up a body of comedic material she could mine for the occasion, doing both standup and sketch comedy. She's got a new show, "Sketchy Queens," which premiered Sept 15. Monsoon created the show with Liam Krug, E! detailed.

"When we work together, we take my Old Hollywood references and my millennial affinity for non sequitur and absurdity, and then combine it with his Gen Z, quick cut, very rapid thinking," Monsoon described. "The combo of us together produces really, really weird ideas, and I think really fun results."

But Monsoon wouldn't lack for comedic material were she to land a gig hosting "SNL," which has always been willing to get political.

"If I did a monologue, I think what I'd want to talk about is this insane obsession conservatives have with telling trans people where they can use the bathroom," Monsoon told E!.

"I have a whole thing about me, as a non-binary person who pees standing up. I use the men's restroom because if I'm going to make anyone uncomfortable with my presence, I want it to be men."

Are you listening, Lorne Michaels?

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.