Film & Video
1 min

Let’s play with Coco Peru

Drag queen extraordinaire grabs the controller and lets loose

Drag queen Coco Peru braves the perils of Grand Theft Auto V. Coco Peru

Let’s face it: video games are a part of our cultural milieu: Angelina adopts babies, Jodie Foster is gay and you can run over hookers in Grand Theft Auto. It just is what it is.

But one thing we haven’t seen are drag queens, human sponges of pop culture, play a video game.

Enter Miss Coco Peru (nee Clinton Leupp) taking virtual life by the pink joystick. In a “Let’s Play” segment, Miss Peru takes the helm at Grand Theft Auto V, and the results are nothing short of everything. If you ever had a Jewish aunt (I, sadly, do not have the luxury) and coerced her to play a video game, the results should feel eerily similar.

From smacking a trick who is tweeting instead of taking in a view to picking up an Ariel-looking prostitute and singing along, Peru takes the GTA experience as only a drag queen can.

Her “Let’s Play” segment may be going viral this week, but this isn’t Peru’s first time around the entertainment block. She’s run the gamut, and chances are you’ve seen her at least once: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar; Will & Grace; Arrested Development; and Logo’s own Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World are all on her resumé. She even had the honour of interviewing the great Bea Arthur in 2005.

Girl be talented and girl be busy.

Peru is a stage girl through and through, but YouTube houses a few videos of Peru gracing major chain stores, which you should check out. It’s the next best thing to going shopping with your own queen.