September 18, 1987
|Education||Cornish College of the Arts (BFA)|
|Occupation||Drag queen, actor, singer, songwriter, reality television personality|
|Known for||RuPaul's Drag Race (season 5) winner|
|Successor||Bianca Del Rio|
|Instruments||Vocals & Ukulele|
Jerick Hoffer (born September 18, 1987), better known by the stage name Jinkx Monsoon, is an American drag performer, actor, comedian and singer who came to international attention by winning the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
Her first studio album, The Inevitable Album, was released in 2014, followed by her second studio album, The Ginger Snapped, in 2018. In June 2019, a panel of judges from New York magazine placed Monsoon 18th on their list of "the most powerful drag queens in America", a ranking of 100 former Drag Race contestants.
Jerick Hoffer was born in Portland, Oregon, and first performed in drag at age 16 at the all-ages Escape Nightclub. They attended da Vinci Arts Middle School and Grant High School.
Hoffer was raised Catholic, and discovered Russian-Jewish ancestry on their mother's side at the age of 18. Their drag character, Jinkx, is characterized as Jewish as a way of reconnecting with this part of their heritage. Hoffer also has 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. They have lived in Seattle, Washington since 2006.
Hoffer identifies as "non-gendered" or non-binary, and goes 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."
On January 9, 2021, Hoffer married their partner Michael Abbott in a small ceremony at home with their friends and family witnessing through video call. The marriage was officiated by comedian Deven Green.
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.
In 2011, Monsoon appeared in the Wes Hurley film Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel.[better source needed] On February 28, 2013, the first screening at Seattle's Central Cinema was hosted by Monsoon and Waxie Moon.
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. Dan Savage defended Hoffer's portrayal of Moritz. From July 21 to August 19, Hoffer starred as Angel in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of the musical RENT.
In January 2013, Hoffer played Hedwig in the Moore Theatre's production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 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 . 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. After touring Australia with The Vaudevillians, Hoffer received a nomination for the Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer.
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.
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.
In 2015 Hoffer joined the cast of Wes Hurley's hit comedy series Capitol Hill.
In 2020, Hoffer has done a series of collaborations with BenDeLaCreme, including Happiest Season and The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Special.
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. The series has continued since the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race and will offer insight into their life since the show.
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. On March 26, 2015, Hoffer announced on their Instagram page that the film would premiere at the Cinerama in Seattle on April 29, 2015.
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. Hoffer was inspired to audition after seeing Sharon Needles, another high-concept, character-driven drag queen, on the fourth season of the show. Monsoon won the main-challenges for the episodes "Snatch Game" and "Drama Queens." For the "Snatch Game," Monsoon impersonated Edith Bouvier Beale. Monsoon also impersonated third-season contestant Mimi Imfurst in the episode "Lip Synch Extravaganza Eleganza." 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. Monsoon won RuPaul's Drag Race season 5.
Hoffer is very outspoken on their Instagram and Twitter about 45th US President Donald Trump and LGBT equality. They are a Democrat supporter and donated to both Elizabeth Warren's and Bernie Sanders' campaigns to be the Democratic nominee for President.
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. Hoffer also performs as the drag character Deirdre A. Irwin, who is a Southern medium.
|The Inevitable Album||
|The Ginger Snapped||
|The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Special (with BenDeLaCreme)||
|The Inevitable Commentary Album||
|"Coffee & Wine"||2014||The Inevitable Album|
|"The Bacon Shake"|
(featuring Fred Schneider)
|"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)"
(featuring Jean Morisoon)
|"Cartoons and Vodka"||2018||The Ginger Snapped|
|"Can I Get an Amen?"
(RuPaul featuring RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Cast)
(Two Dudes in Love featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
(Manila Luzon featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
|"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|
|"Coffee & Wine"||2014|
|"The Bacon Shake"||Steve Willis|
|"Hold On JMX (GlitterMix)"||2015|
|"Red & Green"||Santiago Felipé|
|"Cartoons & Vodka"||2018||Mac Kerman|
|"Just Me (The Gender Binary Blues)"||Santiago Felipé|
|"She Evil"||Brad Hammer, Shawn Adeli|
|2011||Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel||Themself/Davey|
|2013||East of Adin||Anthony Johnson|
|2014||Drag Becomes Him||Themself|
|2019||Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts||Themself|
|2020||Happiest Season||Em K. Ultra|
|2020||The Jinkx & Dela Holiday Special||Themself|
|2013||RuPaul's Drag Race||Themself||Season 5 – Winner|
|2013||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked||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|
|2016||Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul||Themself (guest)||1 episode|
|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|
|2019||Blame the Hero||The Queen||1 episode|
|2020||AJ and the Queen||Edie||1 episode|
|2017||"Doom or Destiny"||Blondie|||
|2011||Drag Becomes Him||Themself|
|2013||31 Days of Jinkx||Themself|
|2019||The X Change Rate||Themself|
|2020||Blood and Makeup||Melora Oswald|
|2020||Helluva Boss||Martha |
|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|
Born in Portland and now based in Seattle, Jinkx Monsoon, aka Jerick Hoffer,
I, myself do not identify as cis-gendered. I am genderless.