(Editor's note: "Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens 2016" returns on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Observatory North Park. The show is an over-the-top drag competition where representatives from some of the community’s bars with little or no drag experience compete for the crown. The event benefits the programs of The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Leading up to the event, we will profile the five contestants, but you'll have to buy tickets and go the show to find out their drag name and see them in full make-up! More information and tickets can be purchased HERE. View the other contestants we've profiled this year HERE.)
Contestant Name: Joey Adams
Bar Representing: Gossip Grill
First time in drag?
Well that’s a loaded question. It all depends on who you ask. If you ask me, the first time I did drag was for Rocky Horror Show when I was 17. If you ask my mother, she would probably say the first time was when I was 3. I came out into the living room in her wedding dress, a full face of god awful makeup, and her red pumps. Or at 5 when I used mop heads as hair!! I’m guessing she knew I was gay around that time!
Tell us a bit more about yourself.
Well I’m originally from New Hampshire. Since the time I was born, I’ve always been told I’m a bit too theatrical or dramatic. I love to be on stage. That’s probably why I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre. Theatre has been my life for over 20 years. Being on stage makes me happy and that translates to a resume with over 100 shows. Music is a big part of my life. I always say a good song whether it be sad or uplifting can change the way your mood is for the rest of the day. Singing is a passion of mine and one day I hope to make an album or win The Voice (whichever comes first).
I moved to San Diego 6 years ago. Feb. 21, 2016 (the day of the show) will be my official 6-year anniversary of moving to San Diego. I moved on a whim and never looked back. San Diego has definitely been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.
My friends would probably say that I am very loving, loyal, and just a big teddy bear. I tend to make everyone around me feel like they are my best friend. I’m an outgoing guy and I love to be out and about the town, but I love my alone “Joey” time, which is pretty much just a bottle of wine, a comfy couch, and Netflix! All a single boy needs in life!
What are you most excited about?
I’m really excited to perform on stage again. It’s been a good two or three years since I was on stage last.
I’m most excited to show my support and give back to the Center. They do so much for the community we live in. The Center and its staff provide so much support to us in so many ways when we need it. When I first moved here, I didn’t have a lot of friends or a place to go when I needed someone to talk to. I didn’t have family on this side of the country so it was a bit hard to transition into California life. There were two guys who worked at the Center who made me feel like I had family in San Diego. Those guys were Frank Jones and Kurt Cunningham.
Kurt was the first person I met in San Diego who made me feel at home. He introduced me to his friends and brought me out to Guys Games & Grub to meet people and be social. He was always there when I needed someone. He was like a brother.
Frank went above and beyond the call of duty when he let me stay at his house when I didn’t have anywhere to go. I was living in my car and he just wasn’t going to take that lying down. So it fits that I would be doing this show to support such a great place. And I can’t wait for everyone to come see this show and donate, donate, donate!
What makes you most nervous about competing?
Well, to be honest, the most nerve‐wracking part of this show for me are the 6 inch stiletto heels!! The acting and performing part is going to be a piece of cake.
Why are YOU going to win Tantrums & Tiaras?
I’m going to win Tantrums & Tiaras because I don’t think these other queens know what is about to hit them. Gossip Grill hasn’t been represented in these types of shows before and when it comes to me and my beautiful ladies at Gossip ... we pack a punch. We got this in the bag!! Watch out queens!
The last thing I’d like to say is whether you know or don’t know someone in the show, it’s going to be a great night of entertainment that benefits The Center. Come have a good time, donate (no donation is too small), drink, and cheer us novice queens on (and you never know ... you might see one of us fall
on our faces).
Oh and get your tickets now at TantrumsTiaras.org because they will sell out. You don’t wanna miss this!!
Purchase tickets to Tantrums & Tiaras HERE.