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Wigs & Brunch approaches 1 year anniversary of comedic drag at WB’s Eatery

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Nov 3, 2021

Deann Armes, Special to the Standard-Examiner

"The one and only" Sequoia, pictured at October's Wigs & Brunch, has been bringing her NYC-style comedic drag to Ogden since New Year's Day 2020.

Since the inaugural Wigs & Brunch on New Year’s Day 2020, “the one and only” Sequoia has delivered her unique blend of comedic drag to doting fans at WB’s Eatery every first Sunday. This weekend will mark 11 consecutive months of “happy Sabbaths” at the Ogden brunch spot.

My first visit to experience the NYC-style mashup of comedy bits, lip sync, as well as real (amazing) vocals performed by the BFA in musical theater-holder Sequoia, a.k.a. “the tallest tree,” was in March of last year. Going back for another dose of dopamine a la drag six months later was surprisingly different — it’s now a ticketed event, well-deserved and worth the $10, and even better.

What didn’t change was the packed space, filled with smiling attendees dressed to the nines in hats and heels with crisp dollar bills in hand, spilling out onto the sunny patio. The menu was similarly on point with WB’s classic brunch staples, as fun to say as they are to eat, like the “French Toast Sando” and “Ham & Egg Toasty,” with a long list of wistful craft cocktails to choose from like the Sao Paulo Pineapple Express or Acapulco Smoke, among others.

Last month, Sequoia announced 10 months of Wigs & Brunch and offered a shout out to the locally, queer-owned WB’s Eatery for hosting the monthly event. “Buy five sandwiches and five drinks!” she jested throughout the show.

Sequoia brings different drag friends along with her from Salt Lake each month. October’s queens were London Skies, who did a wicked Shania Twain, and the very funny She’s Stupid, whose Jewel number “Hands” and Celene Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” aroused genuine gut laughter.

Deann Armes, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Sequoia collects dollars from doting fans at Wigs & Brunch on Oct. 3, 2021, at WB's Eatery in Ogden.

Sequoia performed ’90s hip-hop and a hilarious “Mean Girls” scene with a pre-recorded audio reel that I’ve since desperately wanted to rewatch.

It’s the comedy spin that makes it NYC-style, according to Sequoia, who left in 2018 for New York City, where she got her start in drag. She returned to Salt Lake City in 2020 to “bring a little New York City grit to the already thriving and fabulous Utah drag scene.”

We’re lucky to have these brunch babes, who usually perform in shows in the Salt Lake City area, out to Ogden for this WB’s exclusive.

The next Wigs & Brunch is this Sunday, with two showtimes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Be sure to get tickets early as it usually sells out. Tickets can be purchased at linktr.ee/Theonlysequoia.

Find more drag shows by Sequoia on Instagram @theonlysequoia, She’s Stupid @shes.stupid.officially, and London Skies @the_london_skies_.

Deann Armes, Special to the Standard-Examiner

She's Stupid performed Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" at Wigs & Brunch on Oct. 3, 2021.

London Skies was the "belle of the ball" at Wigs & Brunch on Oct. 3, 2021, at WB's Eatery in Ogden.

She's Stupid had everyone in stitches with a performance of the Jewel tune "Hands" at the October Wigs & Brunch in Ogden.

The "Ham & Egg Toasty" is a classic WB's brunch staple for Wigs & Brunch attendees to enjoy with the show.

Go simple with "The Daily" off the WB's brunch menu to enjoy during Wigs & Brunch every first Sunday.

Sequoia didn't leave the patio people unattended to during the October Wigs & Brunch at WB's Eatery in Ogden.

London Skies doing a mean Shania Twain at October's Wigs & Brunch in Ogden.

She's Stupid had everyone in stitches with a performance of the Jewel tune "Hands" at the October Wigs & Brunch in Ogden.

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