In just a short time, this comedy queen has become a rising star of Brooklyn nightlife. Make way for Mary Con as she readies for Razor 5000, Bushwig and beyond!
Thotyssey: Mary, hello! Thanks for chatting with us today!
Mary Con: Hi ya! Thank you for having me.
Tell us how your summer has been!
It’s been a mix of things, good and bad. It’s also my first summer of drag–a learning experience for sure.
You’ve only started drag this year?
OMG, yeah! It feels like yesterday, to be honest. My drag mother, Angelica Sundae, beat my mug on last year’s Bushwig and bish, I was hooked. I didn’t start doing it seriously until January. What a whirlwind!
Amazing! What made you want to do it?
I have a handful of reasons, but the main one is how much fun it looked like drag queens were having. Trust, I didn’t know at the time how much work goes into being a fierce-ass queen. I don’t regret it at allz!
Where are you from, by the way?
I’m originally from the West Coast. Born in LA, raised in Las Vegas, and moved to San Francisco when I was 17. I traveled around quite a bit, until I ended up in Brooklyn. I’ve been around.
How did you ultimately wind up in the nightlife scene here?
About four years ago, I was on this Grindr date that led to a drag show in Bushwick called BathSalts. Brooklyn nightlife started to become a family for me, ‘cause in Da Club We All Fam. Did I mention I was a dork?
Ha! What was Mary’s first number?
That’s how to make a first impression!
How would you describe a Mary Con performance today?
Raunchy, fun, sexy and just real stupid. I take sexual expression somewhere very entertaining. I want the crowd to be in on the joke with me.
Comedy in this climate can be challenging, especially in queer spaces where a lot of people are defensive and on edge. Do you try to keep your humor inoffensive, or filters be damned?
My drag name in itself could be seen as very offensive. But I keep myself as unfiltered as possible. I’m also not one to ever come from an offensive place. It’s my nature.
That’s a good balance! What’s your favorite number that you do right now?
Currently it’s “Be The One” by Dua Lipa. It’s more of an emotional piece for me. Such a Pisces, lol! But when it doubt, “How Many Licks” by Lil Kim is my go-to.
I believe you did the Mr(s) BK pageant, speaking of drama! How did you enjoy that experience?
Pretty life-changing. It made me realize that there’s something special to my drag. Something people like.
Horrorchata’s Razor 5000 is coming up at Secret Project Robot this Friday! It seems like every epic thing in nightlife is happening within these next two weeks, but Razor has always been a massive ki. You’ll be performing there that night; have ever experienced Razor before?
I’ve visited as a peer and friend, but this is my first Razor 5000 [I’m performing in]. I would be lying if I wasn’t nervous. All my drag peers and idols will be there.
You shall slay!
And then, drum roll, the weekend of September 8th… Bushwig! Congrats on getting to perform in Brooklyn’s most celebrated annual event!
Omg! Omg! This is my first one, so it’s already very special.
Are you prepared for the epicness????
Well, yes and no. I still have to make things and get fitted for a couple of outfits. I’m screaming, lol!
Me too! Who are you most excited at the possibility of running into that night?
The lineup is so sickening! *Mouth pop* I’m excited for all my Judys–especially my drag family, Mini Horrorwitz and Angelica Sundae. Plus all the Bubble T girls, Magenta, Neon Calypso, the Switch N’Play crew and of course the Drag Race girls.
The original drag festival, Wigstock, is suddenly having a massive reprise the weekend before Bushwig, potentially stealing a little thunder there. Any thoughts on that?
I have no worries about it. Bushwig is so magical, so much love and talent. We all know that. Also Us Brooklyn BBs will carry no matter what.
Yazzzz! Okay, anything else to plug or report before I ask the closer?
Follow my IG… and well to keep a look for me, ‘cause I’m about to storm. This has been a blast!
Agreed! Okay last question: what’s the thing that has surprised you most about the business and craft of drag since you started?
The amount of community and family that I’ve obtained. Never in my wildest dreams did I think was gonna have this much. And… people are very receptive about your drag, whether it be good or bad. You’ll always get an opinion, lol!
And you deserve all the good ones! Thanks, Mary!