Five Things We Learned During the Live Taping of RuPaul's 'What's the Tee?' at RuPaul's DragCon NYC


While RuPaul might have began his profession as a musician and drag famous person, he has made it abundantly clear over the past decade that he's additionally a wonderful host. Along with RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he's received three internet hosting Emmy Awards, the “Supermodel” singer has hosted a lot of different tv reveals and his personal podcast, RuPaul: What’s the Tee? with Michelle Visage.

In order to indicate off what an excellent host he's, RuPaul teamed up together with his pal and co-host Visage to ship three dwell tapings of What’s the Tee? all through RuPaul’s DragCon NYC over the weekend. The two stored the same old format of their conversations intact — beginning on one matter whereas drifting off to speak about different concepts in a free-ranging dialog.

On Sunday (Sept. 30), although, Ru and Michelle weren't alone — in a shock twist, actress Kathy Najimy joined the duo to debate her iconic roles in movies like Sister Act and Hocus Pocus, how she and Ru met, and extra. As RuPaul’s DragCon NYC involves a detailed, listed below are our 5 takeaways from the weekend’s remaining panel and dwell taping of RuPaul: What’s the Tee? with Michelle Visage:

RuPaul and Najimy met at a membership within the late 70s due to Sylvester

During the taping, Ru recounted when he was round 18 years-old at an all-ages membership in San Diego within the late 70s, he noticed a younger girl carrying a floor-length skirt dancing to Sylvester’s traditional track “Dance Disco Heat” and felt a direct affinity along with her. “You know these GIFs in your head which are simply burned in there?” Ru requested. “That woman, who was Kathy… was spinning round on this patch skirt, and I cherished it.” After hitting it off, Ru and Kathy evidently grew to become quick mates and have stayed that method since.

Visage needs to see drag as a chance to raise up gender nonconforming individuals

A fan got here to the stage and requested the panel how they felt about drag getting used as a device for expressing and selling gender nonconformity. Ru didn’t fairly know reply (“I don’t know what you stated,” he stated), so Michelle stepped in and spoke on how, when she got here up within the New York ball scene, her greatest supporters have been at all times her trans and gender-nonbinary mates. “Drag is expression of no matter you need it to be, whether or not it’s what gender you might be or what you’re not,” she stated. She added that drag may also be used as a device to flee your self. “Really, if you need to use it to enlighten you in any method, it’s a superb factor.”

Ru sang a Pentecostal hymn with a fan in the course of the recording

Another keen fan of Ru’s got here to the stage and, earlier than asking a query, had a dialog with Ru about her identify and rising up Pentecostal. Ru pressed her on her faith, asking if she ever felt the necessity to simply get up and sing throughout church. When the fan revealed that she cherished to sing, the panel requested her to sing them one thing. The woman launched into a stupendous rendition of a hymn known as “Lily within the Valley,” prompting Ru to affix in concord along with her, making a treasured second between idol and fan.

Najimy was answerable for Bob the Drag Queen getting on Drag Race

It’s onerous to think about a world through which season eight winner Bob the Drag Queen by no means appeared on Drag Race. But in response to Najimy, that was virtually our actuality — Bob had auditioned six instances to be on the present earlier than Kathy noticed him do a efficiency in New York City and instantly known as Ru. “I stated, ‘Ru, take heed to me, go to New York and see this queen,’” she stated. Ru did, and Kathy stated that it wasn’t till a 12 months later when she noticed the fruits of her labor. “I turned on the TV and Ru stated, ‘America’s Next Drag Superstar is Bob the Drag Queen.’”

Ru’s closing phrases of empowerment

Not solely was this panel a dwell recording of Ru’s podcast, but it surely was additionally the closing occasion of the complete DragCon weekend. So, consistent with the spirit of the occasion, Ru took a second to share a number of phrases with all the followers who confirmed as much as present their assist for drag. “You are our ministry — so exit and unfold the phrase,” he stated. “You love your self, and in loving your self, that's your present to the world. It’s not egocentric, it's selfless really.” And with a remaining spherical of thanks’s and cheers from the group, the taping, and RuPaul’s DragCon NYC, got here to an finish.