'Community' scoop: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' star Shangela, a.k.a. D.J. Pierce, to guest star


RuPaul’s Drag Race fave Shangela is headed back to TV! EW has exclusively learned that Shangela — also known by her out-of-drag name D.J. Pierce — just wrapped a small, but important, guest spot on an upcoming episode of NBC’s comedy Community.

The episode, currently slated to air Nov. 3, finds Pierce playing a drag character, Miss Urbana Champaign, that makes a gut-busting viral video praising the use of Pierce’s (Chevy Chase) Hawthorne Wipes in a way that is not exactly how they were originally intended to be used. The video leads to the wipes gaining iconic status and propels Chase’s Pierce to throw a big party — that is, until his father Cornelius Hawthorne (Larry Cedar) shuts it down.

So just what is D.J. Pierce’s character’s scandalous use for the wipes? We can’t say exactly. But considering that Pierce is a drag queen in real life and considering that does indeed influence his role in the episode, there are just so many possibilities, right? Just think about it a little bit, people!

For his part, the fan-favorite Pierce couldn’t be happier to have done the spot on Community. “It’s a real honor and dream come true for me to be part of something as awesome as NBC’s Community, working with such comic legends as John Goodman and Chevy Chase,” D.J. Pierce told EW. “All I can say is halleloo!”

This latest casting only extends the relationship Pierce seems to be developing with NBC, as last spring he was cast in the network’s pilot for Don Johnson’s drama A Mann’s World, which was not picked up during this past development season. Pierce has also been cast in the pilot for HBO’s comedy Spring/Fall alongside Sigourney Weaver and Téa Leoni and recently appeared on Lifetime’s Dance Moms, teaching little girls how to do the “death drop.”

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  • bill

    OMG. “Community” keeps getting weirder. And funnier. I can’t wait for this. LOVE this show. Where’s the Emmy love?

  • ron davis

    Terriers on FX, Detroit 187, HBO’s “Spring/Fall” coming up, and now NBC…indeed SHE is the next drag superstar! Work Shangie!

  • amelia in portland

    YEAH!! I just love him. He was so much fun on RuPauls Drag Race. Um…when is that coming back on???? I SO MISS IT!

  • Eric P

    In your face!!! to the one that won Drag Race i can’t even remember her name.

  • Tim (@rural_juror)

    Oh. Her.

    The headline on the front page made me think it was someone good like Pandora.

    • steph

      SERIOUSLY! fan favorite, on what planet?

    • Celimene

      Exactly! Pandora was the first one to pop into my mind.

  • Me

    Seriously? ANY of the other contestants from Drag Race would have been better than this guy. He was always the worst looking one (with the constant 5 o’clock shadow, the bad makeup, the cheap outfits). He only lasted as long as he did on the show because of the drama he created.

    • Charlie

      This is what makes him so well suited for this type of role.

  • Sol

    That’s awesome, good for him!

  • Liz

    What, he isn’t the Dean’s date? Can’t wait for the new season!

  • Abby

    Love Community, can’t wait for a new season. More importantly, can’t wait for the paint ball carnage at the END of the season LOL

  • ron davis

    oh I left off DANCE MOMS this week! Work shangie part 2!

  • Beckie

    Hopefully someone else did Shangela’s makeup for this gig.

  • kawanee

    shangela is all that i wish i was her i relly wish but im not ps kawanee

  • Angie

    I luv u shangie!!! C boogers are picked!!! Heathers r not!!!! Werk gurl!!!!!!!!

    • Steve

      OMG too funny!!!



  • Sheila R. Moore

    Girl I saw your commerical when all of yous was in the red outfits talking about dieases and how it effects men and thing s of the sort you was lokking fierce as always I Love you girl halluejah

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