What Makes for a Great ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Snatch Game?

To win RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s most signature challenge, Snatch Game, you have to be smart. You have to have a good sense of the celebrity you’re impersonating. You have to put together a convincing makeup look. But perhaps most importantly of all, as RuPaul himself constantly reminds us, you have to be funny.

Yet despite any delights it may bring, Snatch Game remains a controversial challenge. Many complain that, for all the hype, most of the impressions that queens haul out for Ru’s Match Game parody are pretty bad. Others think it’s an unfair test of a skill most drag queens will never need to know, and eliminates too many promising girls before it’s their time. Think of season 7’s Max, or season 5’s Lineysha Sparx, who both won challenges before Snatch Game but were tripped up by the improv-heavy challenge.

Still, despite its flaws, Snatch Game sticks around. In the newest episode of The Kiki, INTO‘s Drag Race analysis series, hosts Kevin O’Keeffe and Mathew Rodriguez dig into why.

 

Along the way, we also hit on what makes a great Snatch Game impersonation, and do some speed round judging of impressions from across the series. Press play below and watch the new episode.


 

Kevin O'KeeffeKevin O'Keeffe

Kevin O'Keeffe is a writer and 'RuPaul's Drag Race' herstorian. He covers film and TV for INTO, and writes the movie review column "But How Gay Is It?" every Friday.

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