The Pit Crew, also known as the Scruff Pit Crew, are a group of muscular men who appear on each season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The men of the Pit Crew are typically dressed only in their underwear, assisting RuPaul and contestants in various challenges on the show. They usually have no dialogue on the show, mainly appearing as "eye candy" for viewers...and contestants. Occasionally, they appear in RuPaul's music videos or promos for the show.
Originally, the Pit Crew began as being two black men though the lineup has changed and expanded throughout the seasons to include more members of different races and ethnicities.
They first appeared on Season 1 of the show as a group of muscular black men who would help the contestants in challenges. They were first utilized in the show's very first mini-challenge, where they dumped buckets of water on contestants for a car wash themed photoshoot. Two of the men also appeared in the music video for RuPaul's song " Cover Girl (Put The Bass In Your Walk)".
Season 2 brought completely new members, including bodybuilder and model Max "The Body" Philisaire, and model Emanuel Palmer. The two men first appeared on Episode 1, where they posed with contestants next to a cannon for a " Gone with the Wind" themed photoshoot.
In Season 3, they received a complete overhaul and two new members; model Jason Carter, and Latino go-go dancer Shawn Morales. Morales became the first non-African-American man to join the Pit Crew. The two first appeared on the Season 3 casting special during a segment featuring auditions for the new Pit Crew, where different types of men were shown dancing and taking off their clothes auditioning for a spot. Carter and Morales became the two men who were chosen to become the new Pit Crew. The two continued where they last left off, assisting RuPaul and contestants in the show's challenges. The two would also go on to appear in RuPaul's music video for the song " Champion", and would remain with the show until Morales was axed before Season 7 began.
Season 4 and 5
In Seasons 4 and 5, they would occasionally be temporarily expanded to include several men for certain challenges. In Episode 6 of Season 4, they included several men dressed as scantily clad sailors holding "wave" cut-outs and dancing in the background during the main challenge (Carter and Morales being among those men).
In Season 5 Episode 8, they temporarily expanded to include not only Carter and Morales but several male models in a version of "Memory Game" where the men would pull their pants down and the queens had to pair two models among a group of 22 with the same underwear.
For Season 6, the Pit Crew is renamed the "Scruff Pit Crew" in a sponsorship deal with the smartphone dating app "Scruff". The group also expanded to include two new members, Miles Davis Moody and Simon Sherry-Wood, who would join Carter and Morales. The four men would either all appear on the same episode or would take turns and appear two at a time on certain episodes depending on the challenges.
Season 7 and 8
For Season 7, the group returned to its original name and featured the return of Jason Carter and Miles Davis Moody, along with a brand new member, Bryce Eilenburg, who replaced Shawn Morales and Simon Sherry-Wood.
For Season 9, two new members join the Pit Crew, Yadier Despaigne and Jared North, while Miles Davis Moody leaves.
(Season 3 - )
Jason is a male model, internet show host and current member from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jason first appeared on Season 3 of the show and is the longest remaining member, appearing on the show for over 5 seasons. Jason has an older brother who is in the military. Currently, he is dating a volunteer firefighter, also named Jason, and has been seeing him for over four years.
(Season 7 - )
Bryce is an aerospace engineer and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. Eilenberg is originally from Dana Point, California. He is the newest member of the Pit Crew, making his first appearance during Season 7, and is the first ginger-haired man to join. Additionally, he is the first heterosexual member since Season 2.
(Season 3 - 6, All Stars 4 - )
Shawn Richard Morales was born on July 21, 1978. Shawn is a gogo dancer, event planner and male model from Walnut, California who appeared in the for 4 seasons. Shawn is of Puerto Rican, German, and Cherokee heritage. He first appeared on Season 3 on RuPaul's Drag Race and was the first non-African-American man to join. Before RuPaul's Drag Race, Shawn appeared on the MTV dating show "Dismissed" in 2001, where he went on a date with two men and had to choose between the two. Shawn was a popular member and a fan favorite on the show before his last appearance on Season 6. He recently made an appearance on the second season of DRAGULA in 2017, RuPaul's Holi-slay Spectacular and All-Stars Season 4 (appearing in two episodes) in 2018.
Kenyon is a male model, actor, and original member from Season 1. He appears in the music video for RuPaul's song "Covergirl (Put The Bass in Your Walk)".
Keon is a male model, actor, and original member from Season 1.
Emanuel is a male model who appeared only on Season 2.
Max "The Body" Philisaire
Max is a male model, body builder, and personal trainer who appeared only on Season 2.
Simon is an Irish male model from Dublin, Ireland. Simon was a cast member of the " The Real World: Paris". Simon joined the on Season 6 where it was renamed the "Scruff Pit Crew". Simon did not return for Season 7.
Miles Davis Moody
(Season 6 - 9)
Miles is a male model of Russian decent, who first appeared as a temporary honorary member on the show in Season 5, Episode 8, where he was among 22 male models who pulled their pants down during a mini-challenge. Miles became a permanent and official member on Season 6, where the Pit Crew was renamed the "Scruff Pit Crew". Miles appears as a singer on select songs on the "RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz" and "RuPaul Presents: CoverGurlz2" compilation albums.
Occasionally on some seasons, the Pit Crew is temporarily expanded to feature honorary members who only appear for one episode to assist in the mini or main challenge of the day. The following are some notable Honorary Members:
- Brent Corrigan - A former gay adult film actor and male model for Christian Andrew underwear. Brent appeared on Season 5, Episode 8 "Scent of a Drag Queen".
- Ronnie Kroell - A male model and actor originally from Chicago, IL. Ronnie appeared as a contestant on Season 1 of the Bravo reality TV series "Make Me a Supermodel" where he was a Runner-Up. He also posed full frontal in Playgirl magazine where he was featured on the cover and as a centerfold. Ronnie appeared on Season 5, Episode 8 "Scent of a Drag Queen".
- Ryan Kirk - A male GoGo Dancer. Ryan appeared on Season 6, Episode 9 "Drag Queens of Talk".
- Eric East - A male model and gay adult film actor of Chinese descent. Eric appeared on Season 6, Episode 9 "Drag Queens of Talk".
- Jacob Hoxsey - Male model appeared in Season 7 during the "Monster in your pants" challenge of episode 6 "Ru Hollywood Stories"
- Valentino Vladimirov - A dancer. Valentino appeared on Season 9, Episode 12 "Category Is".
- Laith Ashley - Model, actor, and singer who has the distinction of being the first-ever trans member of the Pit Crew. Appeared on Season 10, Episode 9: "Breastworld."
In 2014, a compilation album titled RuPaul Presents: The CoverGurlz was released on iTunes and Amazon. The album featured covers of RuPaul's songs by Season 6 contestants and by two members of the Pit Crew. One of the tracks - an outtake from the album Champion titled "Let's Turn the Night" - was reproduced with new vocals from Pit Crew members Jason Carter and Miles Davis Moody.
World of Wonder also produced a music video for the Pit Crew's song "Let's Turn the Night", which also promoted RuPaul's fragrance Glamazon, released as part of a limited edition make-up line with Colorevolution Cosmetics.