“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Podcasts, YouTube, And Books

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Podcasts, YouTube, And Books

Bookmark this list for when that post-finale slump hits.

If you love RuPaul’s Drag Race, then you know waiting a week for new episodes can be an ordeal and a half.

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Luckily, 13 regular seasons, five All Star editions, and endless spinoffs later, it’s not so much a television show as it is an Extended Drag Race Universe.

Here are just a few places you can find the content you need to tide you over after you’ve already watched, rewatched, and dissected the latest episodes.

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Disclaimer: Since the show began in 2009, 166 (!!!) contestants have competed, and that’s just counting the US version. They all have their own distinct and fabulous careers, but I am but one BuzzFeeder, and this list is in no way an exhaustive account of all the amazing things they have done and continue to do. So think of this as the beginning of your exploration, not the end!

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The YouTube presence of World of Wonder (the company that produces Drag Race) could be a television network unto itself. (Which is probably why it has its own streaming service, WOW Presents Plus.) If your Drag Race journey has thus far been limited to the show itself, WOWPresents is the perfect place to start looking for bonus content. Whether you want to see legendary queens Raja and Raven critique main stage fashion (Fashion Photo RuView) or revel in the madcap banter of Season 7 besties Trixie Mattel and Katya (UNHhhh), there’s something for everyone. Obsessed with Season 12’s Miss Congeniality, Heidi N Closet? Check out her show Gap Chat. Need more Alyssa Edwards in your life? There’s Alyssa’s Secret for that. You can also find promotional materials, like this cast reveal of the show’s first ever Australian season.

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Created by comedian Jonny McGovern in 2014, this LGBTQ talk show features interviews with your favorite past contestants, as well as “Look at Huh,” a recurring segment where guests react to pictures of fellow drag queens. Unfortunately, Jonny’s longtime co-host Lady Red Couture died in July 2020. You can read about the legendary drag queen and Black trans woman’s life and legacy here, and watch a tribute video here.

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Bob The Drag Queen and Monét X Change (All Stars Season 4 co-winner) are an “intensely hilarious comedy duo with infectious chemistry” on their podcast, Sibling Rivalry. Whether they’re talking about Drag Race recaps, discussions of drama within the drag community, or current events, Bob and Monét present everything in an informative, entertaining way.

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If you, like so many other fans, adored Monique Heart during her appearances on Season 10 and All Stars 4, then you should already be listening to her podcast Ace of Hearts. If you aren’t, then consider this the sign you needed to start. When you do, you can expect cultural and political deep dives and reactions to the week’s headline news.

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A long-running and popular recap pod, Race Chaser, is the product of Alaska and Willam’s quest to “discuss and dissect every episode ever.” With the insider perspective of two queens who have been there before — and in Alaska’s case, been there twice — this show will definitely deliver on your need to relive every second of every episode.


Legendary Children: The First Decade of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Last Century of Queer Life

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Written by pop culture bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, this “ultimate guide to all-things RuPaul’s Drag Race and its influence on modern LGBTQ culture” is an NPR Best Book of the Year 2020. It’s also a fabulous addition to any fan’s personal library!


The Art of Drag

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This coffee table book was written by Jake Hall and illustrated by Sofie Birkin, Helen Li, and Jasjyot Singh Hans. It’s a conversation starter that will satisfy your need for gorgeous artwork about the past, present, and future of drag.


Literally…so much music…so much…

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Creating a guide or even an intro to the musical careers of Drag Race alumni would have to be its own post (or website, or possibly media company). Needless to say, music is a popular post-show career pivot and you can find everyone from Jujubee, to Adore Delano, to Shea Couleé, to Aja (I could seriously go on for days) on your streaming service of choice.

Unsure of where to begin? Maybe check out Billboard’s 2019 list of the 20 best songs by Drag Race queens, or this Spotify playlist rounding up every contestant’s newest releases.

What performers or projects did I miss that you think deserve recognition? Let’s support and celebrate these artists in the comments!

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