Hi, my name is Lauren and I watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. If you haven’t seen it, it’s essentially the televised competition for America’s Next Top Drag Queen. Before you get all judgypants, know that I also watch Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. RDR has the same number of bottle-blondes and drag queens, but a whole lot more heart. Ru cares about her competitors and seems genuinely entertained by the whole thing. Top notch guilty pleasure!
I have shed a tear, watching RDR. (Look out, I’m confessing everything today!) There are just some moments that are surprisingly compelling in that mess of feathers and sequins. But there is one episode of RDR, where Rita Rudner was giving stand-up comedy advice to one of the girls, Carmen. Carmen had written nothing for her act and was relying on her stunning beauty to carry her show.
Rita: “Did you always feel out of place?”
Rita: “Well you should. Because that’s gonna be funny. There’s nothing funny about a good-looking person doing well, who’s confident.”
Somehow in that moment, my life made just a teeny bit more sense to me. Not only am I destined to be a stand-up drag queen (sigh – I wish), the foibles and mistakes of living seem just a little bit more meaningful. And fun. Thank you Rita and Ru.
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