Hello, and welcome to the SNATCH GAME! We’ve got special guest Oliver Sava from the AV Club for an exciting discussion about drag queens, jokes, and superheroes! I’ve been reading his work about RuPaul’s Drag Race for years, and when I saw that he’s also one of their top writers about comic books, I knew this was a guy I had to meet.
Chad: First of all, EVERYONE is excited about the Snatch Game each season. But pretty much anyone would agree that the actual event is usually a shit show. Any ideas why it grabs our imagination so much?
Oliver: It’s usually the moment that we really see which queens are going to cut it each season. Because it’s an all-around test. They need to be able to capture the celebrity’s look, their behavior, and show some semblance of wit in their responses and interactions.
Chad: I agree with that, but here’s what I think the real hook is: It’s all about the build-up, the guessing and anticipation: which character will each queen pick? Will it be a total trainwreck? Oh god, WHY would she choose HER? And the pay-off is the TRANSFORMATION, the one queen who totally blindsides you with her brilliance.
Oliver: Yeah I think that’s why each Snatch Game is such a thrill.
I loved Bianca on the Snatch Game. The look was flawless. The puppet was genius. And Judge Judy gave her free reign to interrupt and read a bitch because that’s just who Judge Judy is.
Chad: See, I love Bianca, she’s totally Top 3 material. Girl should get her own damn show. But frankly, I’m surprised she DIDN’T dominate the Snatch Game. She had the character down, the aggressive, in-your-face attitude. But it mostly felt like an insertion of catchphrases rather than the sheer improv genius that other queens like BenDelacreme came up with.
Oliver: Dela was just so clever and so graceful. There was something so smooth about her and Adore’s performance. While Bianca is harsh and abrasive, but so entertaining. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…