Second To No One: Mimi Imfurst

August 10, 2011 5:00 am0 commentsViews: 64

“I thought, what if John Waters, Lisa Lampanelli, and Perez Hilton were together, who would they talk about?” says Mimi.  “It’s an exploration of our super-celebrity culture and people’s fascination with tragedy. The show pokes fun at all of that.”
Perhaps Mimi is most recognized outside of her home base of New York City as a cast member in season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where drinks were flung, Mimi hoisted competitor India Ferrah onto her shoulders in the “Lip Sync for Your Life” lightening round, and finally a “Sashay Away” for Mimi in episode three.  The “realities” of reality television, and especially RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be featured in the show, assures Mimi.
Mimi Imfurst is barreling to drag stardom opening for Kathy Griffin during her 2010 tour, as a member of the girl group XELLE (where the other two girls are actually girls), and as the star of such New York theatrical productions of Boylesque, Thank You For Being A Friend, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Rocky Horror Show, and The Diary of Anne Frankenstein. In addition to What Would You Do? and RuPaul’s Drag Race, Mimi has also appeared on television in MTV’s Jackass, The Howard Stern Show, The Real World, and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She is also featured on the popular Web series The Queens of Drag: NYC, co-staring Dallas Dubois, Peppermint, Epiphany, Hedda Lettuce, Bianca DelRio, Lady Bunny, Sherry Vine, Logan Hardcore, and Acid Betty.
With an ingenious drag name now, Mimi began her drag career as Delilah, inspired by Hedy Lamarr’s role in the 1949 film Samson and Delilah.  But she decided to change her name and made a list to share with friends seeking advice.
“I wanted to give the audience a chance to laugh before they even saw me,” says Mimi, whose real name is Braden Chapman. “A friend said to me, ‘If you don’t pick Mimi Imfurst, you’re an idiot!’”
Indeed over and over again audiences love Mimi Imfurst for her unique performances and hard work, evident by being a nine-time Glammy Award nominee (the Oscars of drag) and three-time HX magazine “Drag Queen of the Year” nominee. Born in Hanson, Massachusetts, and raised in Maine, it’s drag performance that helped Mimi pay for her education at Marymount Manhattan College.
“I was always interested in drag as a theatrical medium,” says Mimi. “It allows you to tell a story in a different way; to play roles I wouldn’t normally get to play. In drag there are no rules.”
Mimi Imfurst appears in “Barely Living Legends” at the Vixen, 336 Commercial St., Provincetown, Thursday, August 11 – Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 14 and Monday, August 15 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office. For more information call 508.487.6424 or visit
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