Thorgy Thor

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Thorgy Thor
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Thor in 2018
Born
Shane Galligan

(1984-05-25) May 25, 1984 (age 37)
Education University of Hartford
State University of New York, Purchase (BM)
Occupation
Years active2003–present
Known for
Website thorgy.com

Thorgy Thor is the stage name of Shane Galligan, [1] an American drag queen and musician who came to international attention on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and on the third season of All Stars .

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Early life

Galligan studied music at the University of Hartford Hartt School in Connecticut before graduating from the State University of New York, Purchase with a Bachelor of Music in both viola and violin performance in 2006. He also knows how to play the cello. [2]

Career

Drag

Thorgy Thor moved to Brooklyn in 2006 and considers herself a Brooklyn queen. She has said Brooklyn's drag style has contributed to her aesthetic. [3] [4] [5]

Galligan's first drag performance was as Frank N. Furter from The Rocky Horror Show . He was also Marvel Ann in the theater version of Psycho Beach Party . [3] His original drag name was Shananigans; as Thorgy Thor she won the LEGEND award at the 2014 Brooklyn Nightlife Awards. [3]

Having auditioned for Drag Race since season one, [6] Galligan, as Thorgy Thor, was announced to be competing on the eighth season of RuPaul's Drag Race on February 1, 2016. [7] He placed sixth out of twelve overall, losing to Chi Chi Devayne in the seventh episode. [5] Thorgy was brought back for the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars , revealed on October 20, 2017. [4] [8] Thorgy got eliminated in ninth place by season 2 and 3 queen Shangela. Thorgy's response to being eliminated, "Oh Jesus, gross", was turned into a three-second video clip and became a viral meme. [9] During the show's finale, Thorgy Thor was the only queen to vote for Shangela, despite a previously rocky relationship. [9]

Thorgy Thor appears with BeBe Zahara Benet, Jujubee and Alexis Michelle in the TLC special Drag Me Down the Aisle , which aired on March 9, 2019. [10] [11] [12] The special was expanded into a full series titled Dragnificent! which premiered on April 19, 2020. [13]

Music

Thorgy Thor contributed to the albums Christmas Queens 2 (2016) and Christmas Queens 3 (2017). [14] [15] She was out of drag in the music video for Trinity The Tuck's "I Call Shade" in February 2019. [16]

She has performed with string instruments at the Le Poisson Rouge, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall. In 2018, Thorgy Thor and conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser created the symphony show "Thorgy and the Thorchestra", which was staged for the first time by Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in conjunction with Halifax Pride. [17] The show blends orchestral performances of traditional and modern classical repertoire and contemporary pop songs. [18] The show was subsequently performed with other orchestras in Canada and the United States, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver, British Columbia [19] and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in Charlotte, North Carolina. [20]

The creation and debut of Thorgy and the Thorchestra are profiled as part of Disruptor Conductor , Sharon Lewis's 2019 documentary film about Bartholomew-Poyser. [21]

Filmography

Film/Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2013 Getting Go: The Go Doc Project HerselfUncredited
2014 Mozart in the Jungle Season 3, Episode 9 [22] [23]
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race (season 8) Contestant (6th place)
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (season 3) Contestant (10th place)
2019 Drag Me Down the Aisle
2019The Queens
2019–present Dragnificent! Also known as Drag Me Down the Aisle
2019 Disruptor Conductor

Web series

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2016Bus BuddiesHerselfGuest, with Bob The Drag Queen [24]
2016RuPaul's Drag Race: UntuckedSeason 8 [25]
2018Watcha Packin'Guest [26]
2020Love HotlineCo-Host [27]
2020The Pit StopGuest [28]
2021Out of the ClosetGuest [29]

Music videos

YearTitleArtistRef.
2017"Let It Snow"Christmas Queens [30]
2018"Where My Man At"Velo ft Manila Luzon and Eureka O'Hara [31]
2019"I Call Shade" Trinity The Tuck
2019"Yellow Cloud" Trixie Mattel [32]

Discography

Singles

TitleYearAlbum
"Sitting on a Secret"
(RuPaul featuring Aja, Chi Chi DeVayne, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, & Thorgy Thor)
2018Non-album single

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