Yesterday I got the exciting opportunity to speak to Manila Luzon. As everybody knows I am an enormous fan of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race. Manilla was funny, candid, and his larger-than-life, exuberant persona came through over the phone!
"I love talking about myself," Manila exclaimed when I thanked him for speaking with Reality Tea. And that about sums it up.
Why did you decide to return for All Stars Drag Race?
"The money, kinda! I didn't win my season and I heard they were giving away a lot more money on the all stars season. So, I was like 'Well I did pretty well last time so let me take my chances again.' You can kinda like go through a list of all the girls that had been there and be like, 'Well I think I could take her and I think I could take her too. You know I sent her home before, let's do this!' And I decided to go back on TV for my fans so they could see me."
Last night on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race the queens were still in dynamic duos and working on that suddenly appearing S in C-U-N-T-S. This time they had to stage a celebrity impersonation sketch comedy variety show. It was a laugh riot. Or not.
Before all that they were challenged to a little game called #inDaButtRu where they had to prove how well they knew their partners. Even down to the undies they wear out of drag! Rujubee wins and their prize: two creamy pies in the face.
For the main challenge it was RuPaul's Gaff-in Variety Show! Not only did they have to choose a celebrity to impersonate, they had do a comedy routine that played off their partners. I love this challenge and this is where the show really excels – however I didn't think anyone was that funny. Just me?
I love it when the queens have to really stretch and show off their comedic chops. Vicki Lawrence from Mama's House was the guest judge and she also starred in the comedy routines.
They're baaack with a wigence and a fury of sequins! And these girls work it better than any girl I know. Oh please, Latrice "Mother Effing" Royale, please, please descend upon my house in full paint and do my make-up before unleashing me forth into the world. Mama needs to go to church and she needs her everlasting glory!
Before we go any further let me also profess my undying love for Chad Michaels (and of course Cher). I spread La Mer on my toast too, bitch.
In an interview with People Magazine, Karl Westerberg (stage name Manila) speaks out about the passing of his boyfriend and discusses how this tragic loss has impacted his life.
"I'm left cherishing his memories and carrying out his legacy," Karl shared. "I was lucky enough to have time with him." The pair met years ago at a bar in their neighborhood and were together ever since.
Gentleman start your engines… and ladies get your feathers, your wigs, your sequins, your sass because in the best news to come this fall RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race is coming soon! Oh, I just. cannot. wait. Literally. I. Die.
Bringing together an amazing cast of some of the greats and some of the huhs, All Star Drag Race is ready to declare the queen among queens. Let’s hear it for the girls and may they lipsync for their lives!
RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race premieres this October on Logo! The official trailer and cast photos are below!
Sharon Needles was the undisputed winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The razor sharp Miss Needles kicked off Barefoot Wines NYC Pride Celebration this past weekend. The event benefited NYC Heritage of Pride.
Sharon did a high-larious turn on Peggy Bundy and Cruella de Vil. Looking good, Sharon! When is she going to collaborate with Chris March?! (*ahem…Bravo – get on that!). A video of Sharon from the event is below!