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Jerick Hoffer (born September 18, 1987),[1] better known by their drag persona Jinkx Monsoon, is an American drag performer, actor, comedian and singer best known for winning the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Jinkx Monsoon
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Monsoon in 2013
Jerick Hoffer

(1987-09-18) September 18, 1987 (age 32)
OccupationDrag queen, actor, singer, songwriter, reality television personality
Years active2003–present
Known forRuPaul's Drag Race (season 5) winner
PredecessorSharon Needles
SuccessorBianca Del Rio
Musical career
OriginSeattle, Washington
  • Sidecar Records
  • Producer Entertainment Group


Jerick Hoffer was born in Portland, Oregon, and first performed in drag at age 16 at the all-ages Escape Nightclub.[1][2]

Hoffer was raised Catholic, and discovered Russian-Jewish ancestry on their mother's side at the age of 18.[3] Their drag character, Jinkx, is characterized as Jewish as a way of reconnecting with this part of their heritage.[4] Hoffer also suffers from narcolepsy, a fact that they revealed in the season five premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Hoffer worked as a janitor through college and graduated with a BFA in theater from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010.[5][6][7] They have lived in Seattle, Washington since 2006.[8]

Hoffer identifies as "non-gendered" or non-binary,[9][10] and prefers to go by singular they pronouns when not in drag. In an April 2017 interview, Monsoon stated, "I've never identified as fully male. I've always identified as more gender fluid or gender ambiguous, but I never knew the vocabulary to explain it for myself."[11]


Jinkx Monsoon, 2014

After moving to Seattle from Portland, Hoffer and creative partner Nick Sahoyah wrote and starred in multiple Funny or Die webisodes titled Monsoon Season in which they played Jinkx Monsoon as an over-bearing, substance addled, near-psychotic mother to Nick Sahoyah's character, Kamikaze Monsoon.[12]

In 2011, Monsoon appeared in the Wes Hurley film Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel.[13] On February 28, 2013, the first screening at Seattle's Central Cinema was hosted by Monsoon and Waxie Moon.[14]

In January 2012, Hoffer appeared as Moritz in the rock musical Spring Awakening at the Balagan Theater in Seattle. Controversy arose from The Seattle Times review by Misha Berson, who said that Hoffer was "overly flamboyant" for the role.[15][16] Dan Savage defended Hoffer's portrayal of Moritz.[17] From July 21 to August 19, Hoffer starred as Angel in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of the musical RENT.[7][18]

In January 2013, Hoffer played Hedwig in the Moore Theatre's production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.[19] Balagan reprised the production in December 2013 for a week long run with Hoffer and the original cast/production team.

In June 2013, Hoffer played Velma Von Tussle in the Seattle Men's Chorus/5th Avenue Theatre's production of the musical Hairspray .[20] This was a limited run staged reading/concert of the musical with costumes and limited props but no sets or elaborate choreography and featured the Seattle Men's Chorus onstage with the cast.

Hoffer also performs as Jinkx Monsoon in the original one act cabaret musical The Vaudevillians under the name "Kitty Witless." Hoffer is accompanied by musical partner and co-creator Richard Andriessen, who performs under the name "Dr. Dan Von Dandy." The Vaudevillians performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City from July to November 2013.[1][21][22] After touring Australia with The Vaudevillians, Hoffer received a nomination for the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer.[23]

In 2013 Hoffer was chosen as one of the Artists of the Year by City Arts Magazine along with Megan Griffiths, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Wes Hurley.[24]

Hoffer played Tallulah/Dennis, the owner of Lipstick Lounge in an episode of Blue Bloods entitled "Manhattan Queens", which aired on January 31, 2014.

In December 2014, an animated version of Hoffer appeared in the "RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis 2.0" mobile app.[25]

In 2015 Hoffer joined the cast of Wes Hurley's hit comedy series Capitol Hill.[26]

Drag Becomes HimEdit

In June 2011, Hoffer became subject to a YouTube docu-series by Alex Berry, a Seattle videographer. Named after Death Becomes Her, one of Jinkx's favorite movies, Drag Becomes Him explores Hoffer's life in and out of drag.[27] The series has continued since the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race and will offer insight into their life since the show.[28]

In October 2013 it was announced that Drag Becomes Him was being turned into a feature-length film with Seattle-based producer Basil Shadid on board. A Kickstarter campaign in March 2014 successfully raised funds to complete the project. March 26, 2015 Hoffer announced on their Instagram page that the film will premiere at the Cinerama in Seattle on April 29, 2015.[29]

RuPaul's Drag RaceEdit

In November 2012, Logo announced that Jinkx Monsoon was among fourteen drag queens who would be competing on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.[30] Hoffer was inspired to audition after seeing Sharon Needles, another high-concept, character-driven drag queen, on the fourth season of the show.[2] Monsoon won the main-challenges for the episodes "Snatch Game" and "Drama Queens."[31][32] For the "Snatch Game," Monsoon impersonated Edith Bouvier Beale.[1][33] Monsoon also impersonated third-season contestant Mimi Imfurst in the episode "Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza."[34] As part of RuPaul's Drag Race, Monsoon sang on the "We Are the World"-inspired song "Can I Get an Amen?" The song's proceeds helped benefit the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.[35] Monsoon won RuPaul's Drag Race season 5.


Hoffer's drag persona is inspired by their mother and the comedians Lucille Ball, Maria Bamford, Deven Green, and Sarah Silverman. Their drag persona's last name, Monsoon, is derived from the character Edina Monsoon from the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.[2] Hoffer also performs as the drag character Deirde A. Irwin, who is a Southern medium.[8]

See alsoEdit


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details
The Inevitable Album[36]
The Ginger Snapped[37]
  • Released: January 12, 2018
  • Label: Producer Entertainment Group
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Remix albumsEdit

Title Details
  • Released: October 13, 2015
  • Label: Sidecar Records, Producer Entertainment Group
  • Format: CD, Digital download

Commentary albumsEdit

Title Details
The Inevitable Commentary Album[39]
  • Released: July 2, 2014
  • Label: Sidecar Records, Producer Entertainment Group
  • Formats: digital download


Song Year Album
"Coffee & Wine"[40] 2014 The Inevitable Album
"The Bacon Shake"[41]
(featuring Fred Schneider)
"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)"
(featuring Jean Morisoon)
2015 ReAnimated
"Cartoons and Vodka"
2018 The Ginger Snapped

Featured SinglesEdit

Song Year Album
"Can I Get an Amen?"
(RuPaul featuring RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Cast)
2013 Non-album singles
(Two Dudes in Love featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
"Bring It"[44]
(Manila Luzon featuring Jinkx Monsoon)

Other AppearancesEdit

Song Year Other Artist(s) Album
"Red & Green" 2015 N/A Christmas Queens
"Passive Aggressive Christmas" 2016 Major Scales Christmas Queens 2
"Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah" 2017 N/A Christmas Queens 3
"The Auld Lang Syne Song"
"Jingle Bell Rock" 2018 N/A Christmas Queens 4

Music videosEdit

Song Year Director
"Jinkxalicious"[45] 2011 Alex Berry
"Coffee & Wine"[46] 2014
"The Bacon Shake"[47] Steve Willis
"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)"[49] 2015
"Red & Green"[50] Santiago Felipé
"Cartoons & Vodka"[51] 2018 Mac Kerman
"Just Me (The Gender Binary Blues)"[52] Santiago Felipé
"She Evil"[53] Brad Hammer, Shawn Adeli



Year Title Role
2011 Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel Themself/Davey
2013 East of Adin Anthony Johnson
2014 Drag Becomes Him Themself


Year Title Role Notes
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 5 – Winner
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Themself
2013 NewNowNext Awards Themself
2014 Blue Bloods Tallulah/Dennis Episode: "Manhattan Queens"
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself (guest) Season 6 – 2 episodes
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 7 – "Countdown to the Crown" – Guest
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself (guest) Season 8 – 2 episodes
2018 Steven Universe Emerald (voice) Season 5 – "Lars of the Stars"
2018 Mighty Magiswords Hairmosa (voice) Season 2 – "To Balderly Go"
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Season 10 – "10s Across the Board" – Guest
2018 Bravest Warriors Jenna (voice) 3 episodes; credited as Jerick Hoffer aka Jinkx Monsoon
2019 RuPaul’s Drag Race Themself Season 11 – "Snatch Game At Sea" – Guest

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role
2010 Monsoon Season Themself
2011 Drag Becomes Him Themself
2013 31 Days of Jinkx Themself
2016 Capitol Hill Themself
2019 The X Change Rate Themself


Year Title Role Theatre
2010 Red Ranger Came Calling Red Ranger Book-It Repertory Theatre
Henry V Alice Center House Theatre
2011 Turning Parlor Tricks Deirdre A. Irwin Theatre Off Jackson
The Threepenny Opera Filch Intiman Playhouse
2012 Rent Angel Dumott Schunard 5th Avenue Theatre
Spring Awakening Moritz Balagan Theatre
2013 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Moore Theatre
Hairspray Velma Von Tussle 5th Avenue Theatre


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