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The Weekend With Hugo Grrrl

George Fowler better known by the stage name Hugo Grrrl, is a New Zealand drag king, comedian, cabaret producer, best known for winning the inaugural season of  House of Drag. Entering the competition, Hugo Grrrl became the first drag king and first trans man to compete on a Drag Race reality show.

Hugo Grrrl is now a Wellington-based comedy and cabaret producer.  Hugo Grrrl and his team are very busy creating 120 plus shows a year that are smutty, rough-around-the-edges, politically-charged late-night themed theatre.  If you are looking for a night out that is bound to leave ya with a smile on your face and a bit of glitter in your hair, make sure you follow Hugo Grrrl on Facebook to find out more!

We got to speak with Hugo Grrrl this week and he shared some of his weekend favourites and more with us.


What is your favourite weekend brunch place to visit?
Olive is my go-to for a late Sunday morning potato injection. I regularly violate my vegetarianism for their divine house-smoked salmon.


What are your favourite weekend activities?
Drag! I’m a cabaret producer and performer, so my weekend isn’t really a weekend. Friday and Saturday you can catch me making weird, funny, queer art happen in Wellington, and Sundays are typically the day for rehearsals and costuming.


What is your favourite part of the weekend?
The blissful babble of a full, happy dressing room right before a show is about to start.


What is your favourite weekend night spot?
If I’m in the mood to socialise after a gig, you can typically find me hiding in the corner of Ivy bar. They have a delightful mocktail lovingly called the Hugo Fuck Yourself in my honour.


What is your favourite weekend getaway destination you have visited?
Where’s too many to count! I’m happy anywhere I can hear the ocean.


What is something that gave you joy this week?
I was blessed to the the prince of Wellington himself, Mittens, the other day. Always magical.
Tell us about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career?
I was nominated for Wellingtonian of The Year for contribution to the arts last year which came as a big shock and still blows my mind. I work really hard to keep art weird, queer and exceptional in this wee city so it’s an accolade I’m particularly stoked with.
Share three of your favourite attributes of your home town with us?
The size, the ocean and the bush! I love that it’s so small! Being able to walk everywhere is a luxury I try to never take for granted. Being surrounded to nature and water is also so good for one’s mental health. It’s a thing few city dwellers have.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m a bit of a Scrabble nerd. I’m also really good at catching grapes in my mouth from long distances.
 At heart are you a city or country person?
City slicker, hard core!
What would you like to learn if you had the chance?
My dream job would be to tour as a circus clown, so I’d love to properly master juggling. (Currently, I’m hilariously terrible.)
If you could change one law, what would it be?
Weed should absolutely be decriminalised. It’s not personally my drug of choice, but so many of my loved ones use it medicinally for pain and mental health. The debate against it is all a bit silly.
Watch this space for?
Everything! If you’d like to see some of the spectacular cabaret art the city has to offer, follow my events company, Hugo Grrrl, on Facebook. We run over 120 shows a year and would love to see you at one.
Happy Sunday 😃


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