The Week in Drag – season 15’s Snatch Game, Bob hits the road with the Material Girl, Lady Bunny recaps 2022 and more
Hello, hello, hello! Welcome once again to your weekly dose of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent as we take a deep dive into the world of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
This week, the queens of season 15 use their celebrity impersonation skills to the test as they played the Snatch Game and the results were [blank]. Some of your favorite Drag Race alums have lots to say about last week’s acting challenge and metallic fashions, so enjoy recaps and reviews from the likes of Raja, Raven, Bianca, Scarlet, Yuhua, Maddy and lots more.
We also check in with Trixie Mattel, who is looking forward to 2023 and Lady Bunny, who takes a look back at the news and events of 2022. Start your engines because we are bringing it to the runway!
This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, it’s Snatch Game time (already?)! Since we have to cram a lot into 40 minutes, Ru gets right into things with the queens, splitting them into two groups for a super-sized edition of the challenge that can make or break a queen.
While Ru doesn’t do her usual werk room walkthrough (and I wonder if she did give the queens advice about their chosen characters before they hit the stage because some of them could have used some words of wisdom), the queens briefly reveal who they are planning on playing. Loosey choosing comedy legend Joan Rivers was (IMHO) the smartest choice because there’s a lot to play with there and it’s someone Ru has a great affection for (make a Laugh-In, Eartha Kitt or Diana Ross reference – or pretty much any pop culture figure from the 70s-90s – and peak Ru’s interest from the get-go.) The other queens promise a mixed bag, from Sasha playing Tammy Faye Messner’s rival, televangelist Jan Crouch to the obligatory social media sensations (Sugar as Trisha Paytas and Aura as Bretman Rock.)
I got whiplash that felt like a Sasha Colby neck crack as we zoomed into round one of the Snatch Game. Our “contestants” are Pit Crew members Bruno Alcantara and Calix Quan (I don’t know about you, but I for one would watch more game shows if the contestants were buff shirtless men…just saying.). Our first group is Marcia as Tim Gunn, Luxx as Amanda Lepore, Malaysia as Saucy Santana, Mistress as Rosie O’Donnell (or Abby Miller), Anetra as “Gorgina” Ramsay, Robin as real housewife Karen Huger and Salina as the Virgin Mary.
I didn’t know what to expect from Marcia, but her Tim Gunn-personation was spot-on. She had a ton of fun with her character and it showed. While I wasn’t getting a Whole Lotta Rosie, Mistress was also a standout on this panel. Of course, this was a super short snatch, so I feel like a lot of the queens were deprived of the screen time they needed (I really wanted to understand Anetra’s gender-swapped chef.) That said, Salina didn’t quite reach the level of unprofessionalism (® Latrice Royale) of season four, but her antics were less than divine playing the mother of God. I also didn’t get Luxx’s Amanda Lepore.
After the break, we are back with the second set of “celebrities” and they certainly didn’t save the best for last. This round’s contestants were the Pit Crew’s Bryce Eilenberg (who, fun fact, is really a rocket scientist, graduating with a degree in aerospace engineering from UCLA) and Asaf Goren. Our panel is Loosey as Joan Rivers, Sasha as Jan Crouch, Jax as the Mona Lisa, Sugar as Trisha Paytas, Amethyst as “Tan Mom” Patricia Krentcil, Spice as Miley Cyrus and Aura as Bretman Rock. No surprise, but Loosey’s Joan Rivers stole the show as she cut up with Ru, paid tribute to Joan’s self-deprecating sense of humor and made fun of the other girls. Again, we didn’t see much, but I also liked Sasha’s Jan Crouch and saw something in Amethyst’s Tan Mom. As for the rest…oof. Spice was hoping her foam finger and a mallet could carry her performance (it couldn’t) and Aura was just completely cringe-inducing (and I say all of this out of love.)
After a quick check-in with Loosey, who discusses bullying and her coming out experience (more of this, please) we are off to the runway with Ru, Michelle, Carson and guest judge Amandla Stenberg. The theme this week is “Beautiful Nightmare” and the queens (mostly) made up for their earlier work with these looks. Marcia came out in a very Marcia look but her face was giving us “children’s dentist nightmare”, Luxx was a bride discarded in the river by her husband (attached to a faux cinder block, which was a nice touch) and Malaysia (I think) was a zombified pageant queen. Mistress, Anetra and Robin all went the spider route, Salina paid tribute to Leatherface and Loosey gave us the drag version of Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees. Sasha again delivered, this time with a Tim Burton-esque witch and Jax gave us snake lady realness. Sugar and Spice went from Bratz dolls to creepy porcelain dolls and Amethyst recreated a bloody Lady Gaga concert look. Aura’s black gown was truly stunning, with the back revealing her bloody spine. I loved that look.
The tops this week were Loosey, Marcia and Mistress, with Loosey taking top honors. Aura, Sugar and Spice fell in the bottom and (I think) thanks to her runway look alone, Aura evaded the lip sync. That means it’s twin-on-twin action for this week’s LSFYL. The pair gave us what looked like a pre-planned, somewhat choreographed number to Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run.” Sugar lost her footing a few times and eventually was told to sashay away. I’m curious to see how Spice fares without her twin. Next week, we head to the ”House of Fashion” so the queens get to give their acting skills a break.
The lovely Scarlet Envy joins Bianca Del Rio to discuss last week’s afterlife infomercials and metallic looks on “The Pit Stop.”
Bob and Monét give us their two cents about the informercials and looks on “Sibling Watchery.”
Raja and Raven toot and boot last week’s Metallica looks on “Fashion Photo Ruview.”
Ongina and Yuhua Hamasaki share their “Bootleg Opinions” on the golden looks.
Our first two eliminated queens, Irene DuBois and Princess Poppy join Naysha Lopez, Batty Davis and Kara Mel D’Ville for the Drag Race viewing party at Roscoe’s in Chicago.
Yuhua Hamasaki and Pangina Heals take us back to the first runway of season 15 and discuss the “Who is She?” looks on “Bootleg Opinions”.
Season 14’s DeJa Skye (last year’s Snatch Game champ) is giving the recap game a go, debuting her new web series “DeJa-nalysis.” Here she discusses the season’s first two lip syncs.
I haven’t promoted Mano Agapion’s fantastic podcast “Drag Her” in a while, so I am making up for it now. The amazing Nicole Byer is the guest this week, and she can always elicit a few “tee hee hees” from me, especially while discussing last week’s “acting” challenge. Give it a listen!
A fitting video for Snatch Game week, the season 15 queens show off their impersonation skills again, giving us their takes on their fellow competitors.
Rock M Sakura and Cash Monet discuss the first two episodes of season 15.
Congratulations to Bob the Drag Queen, who is heading out with pop icon Madonna on her 40th Anniversary Celebration tour. Bob joined comedians Jack Black, Eric Andre, Amy Schumer as well as the material girl herself to play a game of Truth or Dare and announce the tour, which kicks off on July 15 in Vancouver.
Salina Estitties and Sasha Colby give us a twist on drag queen storytime and announce the nominees for the 2022 GLAAD Media Awards. RuPaul’s Drag Race is nominated for Outstanding Reality Program: Competition and both Trixie Motel and We’re Here are nominated for Outstanding Reality Program. Bob the Drag Queen and Monét x Change’s podcast Sibling Rivalry is up against Trixie Mattel and Katya’s The Bald & the Beautiful. Congrats to all of the nominees.
Jinkx Monsoon, who wowed crowds in her Broadway debut as Mama Morton in Chicago stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about her love for the show, her “beautifully chaotic” home and give us battling Jennifer Coolidge impersonations.
Trixie Mattel gets into drag and discusses her goals for the New Year, shares her favorite products and what’s in sort for 2023.
Lady Bunny takes a hilarious look back at 2022.
Oh, Willam….how we’ve missed your “Beatdowns”! This episode is filled with thrills and spills as Willam takes on a pool mishap, a trippy queen’s performance, Alaska taking Alicia Keys’ song “Fallin’” quite literally and even shows one of her own bloopers.
Maddy Morphosis interviews castmate Lady Camden on “Give It to Me Straight” stories from the road Werk the World tour what her Spice Girl name would be losing to Willow Pill and more.
Remember the Harlem Shake? Bob and Monét do and they discuss the short-lived dance craze, fake celebrity death announcements and other viral trends on the latest “Sibling Rivalry.”
Jaymes Mansfield reveals the identity of her drag daughter.
Possibly as a nod to Luxx’s Snatch Game performance, Jaymes recreates Amanda Lepore’s signature hairstyle on the latest installment of “Iconic Blondes.”
Laganja is back with a new “Day in the Life” vlog. This week features appearances from Yuhua Hamasaki and Frankie Grande as Laganja takes in the sights of the Big Apple.
And that’s it for this week. We will be back to hear what the queens thought of the Snatch Game and lots more. Until we meet again, stay healthy, stay safe and say LOVE!