The RuPaul Show

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The RuPaul Show
Logo of the show
GenreTalk show/Variety
Directed byJoe Palagreco
Mike Simon
Presented byRuPaul
Michelle Visage
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes100
Executive producersFenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Lauren Zalaznick
Production locationsNew York City, New York
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Original networkVH1
Original releaseOctober 12, 1996 (1996-10-12) –
September 23, 1998 (1998-09-23)

The RuPaul Show is an American talk/variety show that premiered on VH1 in 1996.[1] Hosted by the drag performer RuPaul,[1] the show had many famous musical guests and was notable as being one of the first national television programs in the United States hosted by an openly gay host. Michelle Visage, a radio personality and former singer, was the show's co-host.[2][3]


The show features RuPaul interviewing various celebrity guest ranging from musicians, actors, and pop culture figures. In addition to interviews, the series also featured comedy skits, and comedic field reports. RuPaul would also perform his favorite songs along with two male dancers. Diana Ross, a frequent inspiration for RuPaul, made a rare appearance on the show.[4]


  1. ^ a b The New York Times
  2. ^ "Who is Michelle Visage? Is she gay? RuPaul's Drag Race judge and longtime LGBT+ ally - PinkNews · PinkNews". PinkNews. Retrieved 2019-04-07.
  3. ^ Visage, Michelle (2015). The Diva Rules. Chronicle Books. p. 146. ISBN 978-1452146850.
  4. ^ "5 Times RuPaul Slayed the Music Industry". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-04-07.

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