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Meet Drag Queen Pissi Myles!

Drag Queen Pissi Myles will be hosting and performing in celebration of Pride Month at the State Theatre New Jersey's Pride Night Party before an evening with George Takei on Thursday, June 20. The party will also include a live band, food from Esquina Latina in New Brunswick, and giveaways, such as tickets to State Theatre's 2019-20 Broadway show Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, and a United Mileage PLUS, premiere gold package (worth over $4,000!).

Pissi Myles is an accomplished drag comedian, singer, and hostess from Asbury Park, New Jersey. She knew as a little kid that she enjoyed performing, whether singing, acting, or dancing. She went to Montclair State University where she received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. She tried to enter the world of theater and started auditioning right after college. Her boyfriend at the time, who is now her husband, David Ayllon, suggested that Myles should consider going into drag. This suggestion came about because of her fondness of stand-up comedy and her dark sense of humor.

Her drag name came about after a Christmas morning argument with her husband over playing Christmas music. After referencing actress Missy Pyle known for her role in the film The Parent Trap, Pissi Myles was born. Myles has since then involved into a full character.

Myles is the title-holder of Miss Fish NYC 2014, a pageant designed to find the “fishiest” drag queen in New York City. She parodied Lorde’s “Royals” into her own song, “Real Girls,” which won her the Miss Fish title. Here is her performance of "Real Girls:"

She also won Best Drag Hostess in Philadelphia that same year. She is the cycle four winner of Philly Drag Wars, which is a 13 week long competition and formatted in the same style as RuPaul’s Drag Race. She said she had to learn how to sew and create her own runway look for this competition. She has since been creating most of her clothing.  Here is her winning performance from Philly Drag Wars:

When she is not on stage performing, she writes parody songs, such as “Real Girls.” In 2017, Myles wrote and starred in her parody video, “Babashook.”  Her video quickly became viral and was featured on Billboard, Huffington, and Post magazines. Here is her “Babashook” music video: 

Myles is also deeply involved in helping the LGBTQ community, especially the youth. She is involved in Asbury Park’s Project R.E.A.L., which aims to provide a safe haven for gay youths. Myles is also involved with the New York Teen Center and the Matthew Sheppard Foundation, along with other charities that promote safe sex practices in high schools and colleges.

Join the Pissi Myles at the Pride Night Party celebration on Thursday, June 20, before an evening with George Takei at State Theatre New Jersey. Listen to our podcast interview with her here.

By Anh Ba

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