Ottawa drag queen Kiki Coe talks being on OutTv’s “Call Me Mother” and teases “gag-worthy” runway looks
ABOVE: Contestants of season 1 of OutTV’s Call Me Mother featuring Ottawa’s Kiki Coe, back-row, second from the right.
If you are one of the millions of people that love Ru Paul’s Drag Race, you don’t want to miss OutTV’s brand new reality series Call Me Mother! Similar to Ru Paul’s long-running show, in the sense that it is a competition series featuring drag performers, this new Canadian-produced series takes things to the next level by being fully inclusive, featuring both drag queens and kings and contestants of all genders and identities including transgender and non-binary.
Hosted by Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Dallas Dixon, the show divides contestants into teams, called “houses,” where they are coached by an established drag performer, the “Mother” – hence the name of the show. The houses are led by popular drag queens Peppermint (House of Dulcet), Crystal (House of Glass) and Barbada de Barbades (House of Harmonie) respectively. The contestants will participate in weekly challenges and evaluations and the winner will be crowned the “First Child of Drag” and go home with a prize package worth approximately $50,000.
What’s perhaps the most exciting though is that Ottawa’s very own, and one of the region’s most popular drag performers, Kiki Coe is competing on this season of the show! The Filipino beauty has been performing since 2012 and was named “Miss Capital Pride” in 2016 among many other achievements. A professional chef by day and performer by night, Kiki took time out of her busy schedule to give us a little tease about what to expect on the show.
ABOVE: Kiki Coe stuns in press shot for season 1 of OutTV’s Call Me Mother.
Ottawa Life: Hi Kiki! Congrats on being cast on "Call Me Mother!" Why did you jump on the opportunity to compete on the show?
Kiki Coe: I took this opportunity to compete on the show to show the world who Kiki is and what I can do as a drag performer. This experience made me realize that I can do anything as long as I put my heart and dedication to it. I also joined the competition to meet new people and learn from them.
Ottawa Life: On the subject of who you are, you're one of Ottawa's most popular drag queens and have hosted and performed at various Pride events, drag shows, and more. How has all of this prepared you for the show?
Kiki Coe: All of these experiences and opportunities made me who I am as a drag artist. I learn how to work with different artists. It definitely strengthened my self-confidence and made me discover a lot of ways to entertain the crowd and keep them wanting more!
Ottawa Life: What do you hope the audience takes away from "Call Me Mother?" Can you give us a little hint of what to expect?
Kiki Coe: I hope that the audience sees that you don’t need to be mean or a “bitch” to make your point towards other people or to be funny. As for what to look out for – expect very “gag-worthy” [that’s drag speak for “shocking and amazing”] runway looks from yours truly, all designed and made by me!
“Call Me Mother” premieres TONIGHT, Monday, Oct. 25th at 9 PM EST on OutTV.
Photos: Courtesy OutTV