Monday night on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queens brought out their best stand-up routines. Shangela reigned triumphant by concocting a character that blended pimp and ho into one delectably raucous package. (“They say, ‘Laqueefa, where your ho’s at?’ I say, ‘B****, don’t you see I’m wearing four pair of hose right here holding back my [bleep]?!’”) Manila Luzon fell flat by digging in the mothballs for some jokes about the gay subtext of PBS’ children’s programming. But it was Delta Work who was (rightfully) sent packing after making some thuddingly awful rape jokes that produced the sounds of uncomfortable silence in the audience. Below, we recap the action through the art of the screengrab.
Shangela comes to a realization about one of her foes: "I know that Manila has more faces than my foot has blisters after a show."
Shangela brutally "reads" Delta with a two-word greeting: "Mimi Imfurst!" BURN!
Manila breaks out the International expression for "Uh-oh, you're following Shangela."
Rita Rudner offers an important lesson from the comedy rulebook: "There's nothing funny about a good-looking person doing well who's confident."
A picture is worth 1,000 words explaining why everyone expected Carmen would end up on the chopping block.
Shangela unleashes her post-modern pimp-ho:
No, baby, no.
The following exchange about Yara Sofia's insane routine made my day. Guest judge Arden Myrin: "It felt like it could be at the Whitney Museum as a performance." RuPaul: "The Whitney and Bobby Museum!"
Delta Work prays for mercy during her performance of "MacArthur Park."
But it's no use: Manila isn't merely lipsynching for her life, she's committing a flagrant act of murder up on the stage! Manila Luzon, chanté, you stay.