I have to be honest: I nearly gave this spot to Tatianna, whose performance as Britney Spears remains Snatch Game‘s most hilarious triumph, but Detox is truly the funnier performer. Her wise-ass commentaries, chicken fierceness, amazing side-eye, jaw-wagging lip-sync skills, and general weariness of everything are total treats. She’d probably laugh more at herself if her facial muscles were capable of abject glee. I’m always waiting to hear her next confessional, particularly after we’ve wasted another five to ten minutes focusing on the boring feud between Alyssa and Coco.
Manila Luzon’s key ingredient for comic success is a strong one: commitment. Think of her violently smiley take on Imelda Marcos (which was so freakish, I’d have believed it if you told me she was playing a Filipino version of latter-day Joan Crawford; it was certainly a better tribute to Mommie Dearest than whatever Mariah tried to pull in season three). Recall her campy genius as she lip-synced “MacArthur Park,” a song that began as an innocent ode to leaving dessert items in a storm but is now remembered as Manila’s power anthem. The pure comic prowess in Manila’s facial expressions is the stuff of superstardom, and I hope she uses her skills to horrify children on a regular basis.
Maybe I’m biased because I humbly believe that Alaska has, um, THE GREATEST SPEAING VOICE IN THE HOSTYR OF EARTH and therefore everything out of her mouth is a gloriously deadpan, slightly perturbed, witty, and righteous piece of wisdom. But you can’t deny the objective awesomeness of her fragrance ad (“Red… for filth”), the lovely obnxiousness of her signature greeting (“Hieeee”), and her inspiring origin story (“My spaceship crash-landed her in the mid to late 1980s, and I’m trying to get enough Twitter followers to get it up and running again.”) It takes a lot to stand out from a boyfriend like Sharon Needles, and Alaska’s droll showmanship more than does the trick.