When A Strange Loop took home the Tony award for Best Musical at last night’s Tony Awards, Jennifer Hudson became the 17th quadruple threat to earn the highly coveted PMTAOEE, better known as the Philip Michael Thomas Award for Overall Excellence in Entertainment, even better known as the EGOT. And she didn’t even have to break a sweat or unhinge her jaw for it! Jennifer won her Tony as a producer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning show and shares the Tony with RuPaul Charles, Don Cheadle, Alan Cumming, Ilana Glazer, Mindy Kaling, and Billy Porter among others. But thanks to her 2021 Daytime Emmy for an animated short called Baba Yaga, she was able to close the loop and put a PeriodT! On her EGO status.
The seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will debut May 20 on Paramount+, and, for the first time in the show’s herstory, it will be an all-winners season! Eight former Drag Race champions will duke it out for a prize of $200,000 (the most ever), the title of “Queen of All Queens,” and probably a “sickening supply” of makeup from Anastasia Beverly Hills. And when RuPaul says “sickening” he means it literally; those cheap-ass cosmetics will give the winner a full-face rash!
Start your engines, and may the saltiest former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant win! Vh1 seems to have found some money hanging around in the bottom of its purse because Drag Race just got a big boost to its prize money. The grand prize used to be ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOOLAHS! Now the winner of its current season, season 14, will get $150,000 and the runner-up will get more than just some really good tour merch sales–they’ll also receive $50,000. New wigs for everyone!
Every time a Grindr notification pings, a new RuPaul’s Drag Race spinoff gets produced. The latest is Drag Race UK Versus The World, which stars former Drag Race contestants from across the globe. The series premiered Tuesday and featured a talent show, a wholly unjust first elimination, and Melanie Chisholm making an appearance as a guest judge. Sporty Spice seemed to be having a ball, and during judging, she joked that contestant Baga Chipz must have been inspired by Victoria Beckham because her lip-syncing skills sucked. Ha! It’s funny cuz it’s true.
There are three things in life that are unavoidable: death, taxes, and a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. RuPaul is able to find queens on queens on queens and there’s a whole new crew of 14 of ’em for the fourteenth season of the show. If you think there isn’t a wealth of men ready to tuck their balls into their assholes and prance to a pop song? You don’t know about reality! The trailer is here and it brought all of the campy one-liners the writers wrote for Michelle Visage last season that she probably rejected. But Ru’s a professional, she always saves the best ones for herself anyway.
There Were A Few Surprises And Record-Breakers In An Otherwise Pretty Predictable Emmy Awards Ceremony
I watched the 73rd Annual Primetime Emmys last night, and because I live on the east coast, I went to bed immediately after the final award was presented at too-late-for-me-o’clock. And it should be no surprise that I had the weirdest dream last night about a member of the royal family-turned-soccer coach that looked like Kate Winslet and sounded like John Oliver, who for some reason really wanted me to learn how to play chess with their best friend, Cedric the Entertainer. The Emmys last night kind of felt like déjà vu happening in real-time. Oh look, Ted Lasso won another award! The Crown is cleaning up! But there were some moments that felt right, like the formerly snubbed Michaela Coel taking home the award for Writing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie, for the incredible I May Destroy You. But other than that, and a few fun surprises, there was a whole lot of Cheerful Soccer Coach and 1980’s-era British Queen Having Problems With Her Son’s Messy Marriage.