No way…Yahweh.

HOLY MOTHER OF ALL BA-NANAS…

I know I just introduced COL to the genius that is Sassy Gay Friend, but the truth is I’ve been watching the Shakespeare-inspired clips for months (laughing each time, of course), hoping and wishing and praying for a chance to watch one for the first time again…after all, there’s no laugh like a first laugh.

And now the time has come!!!

After some skilled Youtube cruising, I have come across a new SGF vid. According to the time stamp, this one went up 3 days ago, and it has once again tickled my funny bone hard.

Watch it, love it, watch it, share it.

EnjoY.

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June 28, 2010. Tags: , , . Stupid/Funny. Leave a comment.

France to Bill O’Reilly: “Want some more?”

SO, these are quite possibly the greatest 11 seconds I have EVER seen on TV!

We all remember France’s McDonald’s ad feat. a gay student for the “Come as you are” campaign?

(If you don’t what I’m talking about, scroll down a bit on THIS blog and you can see it for yourself…)

Anyways, FOX anchor Bill O’Reilly had a mild heart attack/brain aneurism when he got wind of the commercial.

…apparently France isn’t done offending good ole’ Billy O yet.

Here’s a new TV spot for Orangina featuring some of Mr. O’Reilly’s favorite things–homoeroticism, bestiality and soft drinks.

I’m not sure if my favorite part of the ad is the couple or the fact that Orangina is being promoted as a men’s skincare product!?

You choose for yourself!

EnjoY.

June 24, 2010. Tags: , , . Commercials. Leave a comment.

Jesse St. Awesome

Break me off a piece of this…

Here’s the wonderfully delicious Jonathan Groff (of B’Way’s Spring Awakening and FOX’s Glee) singing a Queen classic.

Is there. anything. better. than this.

Yay.

June 22, 2010. Tags: , , . Live Performances. Leave a comment.

Holy Crazy.

OK, here’s Danielle Staub’s debut single “Real Close,” performed by her and her

a) lover,

b) co-song-writer,

c) friend,

d) all of the above!?

last night on “Watch What Happens Live.”

Are we kidding right now?

It is super different from any of the other Housewives’ songs, but different doesn’t necessarily equal better.

Enjoy (or try to…it’s tough).

June 22, 2010. Tags: , , , . Reality TV. Leave a comment.

Slow down crazy.

OK, until last night I thought everyone and their grandmother had seen this A-MAZING vid from Second City in Chicago. So, imagine my surprise when three of my HS friends stared at me with blank expressions when I mentioned SGF during a casual Youtube browse sesh!

The joy I felt introducing them to Sassy Gay Friend was unlike anything else I’d experienced before!

For all those SGF virgs, keep your hands and feet inside the vehicles at all times, for spontaneous laughter may result in a loss of appendages.

ENJOY this steaming hot plate of ba-nana pancakes.

June 22, 2010. Tags: , , , . Stupid/Funny. Leave a comment.

Supersize some equality.

Apparently, McDonalds is about more than creepy ginger clowns and morbid obesity…

Check out this French ad for Mickey D’s that really tugs at the heart strings.

“Come as you are.”

June 2, 2010. Tags: , , , . Commercials. Leave a comment.

Single (old) (crazy) Ladies

BA-NANAS.

If you didn’t already want to see Sex and the City 2, this will probably convince you.

There’s only one Liza.

May 23, 2010. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

Whadya think?

I just found this statement in response to the controversy over Ramin Setoodeh’s Newsweek Article about actors “playing” gay and straight.

The remarks were made by my hero, the supernatural creator of the The West Wing–and, I believe, television’s only hope for salvation–Aaron Sorkin.

I’m still not exactly sure how I feel about everything he says, but in true Sorkin fashion, his words definitely make you think!

Whaya think? Do ya buy it?

“This is a sentence I never thought I would type: I’m coming to the defense of a theatre critic.

Newsweek‘s Ramin Setoodeh wrote an article last week titled “Straight Jacket” in which he argues that gay actors can’t and shouldn’t play straight characters. His “Exhibit A” in the piece is Sean Hayes, the stunningly gifted actor who came to our attention playing Jack MacFarland on the much beloved NBC half-hour comedy Will and Grace. (This was back when NBC broadcast television shows.) Mr. Hayes just opened in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, a 1968 musical by Neil Simon,Burt Bacharach and Hal David that was based on The Apartment, the Academy Award-winning film by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. (Izzy) Diamond that starred Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Are you following so far?

It doesn’t really matter, because all you need to know is that Sean Hayes plays C.C. Baxter in this great show, and that C.C. Baxter is a man who is attracted to women.

Ramin Setoodeh, unlike the overwhelming majority of the people in the audience at the two preview performances I attended, was unhappy with Sean Hayes’ performance. This reaction was not due to Mr. Hayes’ acting, singing, dancing, comedy, unique charm and exceptional rapport with the audience. Mr. Setoodeh’s problem with the star’s performance was that in real life, Mr. Hayes is gay. And as if the studio had given the screenwriter a note that the story had to be spicier, Mr. Setoodeh is gay as well.

Much is being made of the Newsweek piece. Much should be. I’m proud to say that my friend, Kristin Chenoweth, who stars opposite Mr. Hayes in the show (and about whose performance I can’t possibly be objective — she’s sensational and we’ll leave it at that) led the charge — posting an online rebuttal to Mr. Setoodeh in which she called him homophobic.

For an actress who makes her living and her reputation on Broadway, throwing down with a prominent theatre critic isn’t something you do as a career move. In her response to Setoodeh, Ms. Chenoweth made good point after good point after good point…

…and missed the point.

So did Setoodeh.

First things first. An actor, no matter which sex they’re attracted to, can’t “play” gay or “play” straight. Gay and straight aren’t actable things. You can act effeminate and you can act macho (though macho usually ends up reading as gay), but an actor can’t play gay or straight anymore than they can play Catholic. The most disturbing thing to me about this episode is that the theater critic for Newsweek didn’t know that. Of COURSE gay actors can play straight characters — it’s impossible to believe that Mr. Setoodeh would prefer if Ian McKellen would stop doing King Lear.

But with sincere respect to Ms. Chenoweth and the hundreds and hundreds of Internet posters who’ve crashed down on Setoodeh in the last few days — some understandably passionate and some unfortunately hostile — I don’t think Setoodeh was being homophobic. Just wrong.

The problem doesn’t have anything to do with sexual preference. The problem has everything to do with the fact that we know too much about each other and we care too much about what we know. In one short decade we have been reconditioned to be entertained by the most private areas of other people’s lives. We’ve become the family dog who’s allowed to eat anything that falls on the floor, and the press is the little kid in the family who keeps dropping food. Sandy Bullocks life falls apart? That’s for us. A golfer gets caught with strippers? We’ll take that, thank you. Lindsay Lohan‘s an alcoholic? Mmm, mmm good! When Jennifer Aniston plays a movie character who’s looking for love, her performance — always sublime — doesn’t stand a chance against the real story we’ve been told it’s okay to pay attention to, which is that Jennifer Aniston is looking for love. I can’t hum a single John Mayer song but I can name five women he’s slept with. Sean, for Setoodeh, the show began before you even showed up to the theater that night.

The volcanic eruption of tabloids, Internet insanity and — you better believe it — reality TV, has de-creepyized voyeurism. More than that, it’s made the private lives of public people — in the vocabulary of television writers — the “A” story. And in a not-so-convoluted way, the “A” story has an author — thousands of authors in an extraordinary collaboration. When I need the audience to know that a piece of information they’re about to hear is important, I can use words, a close-up, a push-in, music… when the authors of the no-longer-private-lives “A” story want the audience to know that something’s important, it shows up on our Yahoo homepage. (The third story on my homepage yesterday was that Britain, our closest ally, has a new Prime Minister. The first story was about Justin Bieber. Unless the new Prime Minister is Justin Bieber, something’s obviously gone wrong.) Is Sean Hayes’ sexuality relevant to his performance? It has to be — the “authors” told us it was important. (Though Setoodeh would have done well to have asked himself if Mr. Hayes’ performance would have been any different if C.C. Baxter was in love with a man instead of Ms. Chenoweth’s Fran Kubelik. It wouldn’t have been.)

I would never presume to — and those words are almost always followed by whoever said them proceeding to do exactly what they just said they would never presume to do — but I would never presume to tell someone how they should feel about something. I can only imagine that Setoodeh’s piece felt like a solid kidney punch, not to just Mr. Hayes and the other actors tagged in the story, but to teenagers — kids who live in daily fear of what their parents are going to say, of getting the hell beaten out of them at school, of being an oddity. Gay actors, you’ll forgive the expression, are caught between a rock and a hard place. Only criminals and adulterers should have to hide who they are. And in addition to living their own lives in sun and not shadow, these actors want to — admirably — be role models for these kids. But they also know the blanker their canvas the better their chance of marginalizing the “A” story. They know that even in 2010, there’s still no such thing as an actor who’s gay, a movie star and alive all at the same time.

So while I would never presume to tell someone how to feel, if it were me, I would re-direct my energy away from Mr. Setoodeh. (Ryan Murphy– the very gifted creator of Glee whose cast member, the invaluable Jonathan Groff, was also smacked in the teeth by Setoodeh– has called for a boycott of Newsweek. I get it completely, but I say please don’t boycott Newsweek — it’s still one of the very last places left where we can find news. Boycott the red carpet instead. You’re going to win the Emmy, Ryan, and you’re going to get the whole publicity bump that comes with it. You and your cast should proudly walk past every microphone that’s shoved in your faces. The people holding the microphones are writing the “A” story and you don’t have script approval. Boycott In Touch and Us Weekly and Brangelina Daily and every other piece of crap that makes us feel like we’re all sitting under hairdryers.)

Gay actors are in absolutely no danger of losing parts in Broadway shows, so if it were me, I’d re-direct my anger to the real problem. The honest-to-God, no kidding around, small-minded, mean-spirited, hysterically frightened, pig-ignorant bigots who don’t think homosexuals are fit to get married, adopt children or fight and die for their country. The ones who hold signs saying “God Hates Fags.” Those people aren’t in the backwoods of Idaho, they’re in Congress. Fight THEM. I’ll help.

And you know who else will help? Ramin Setoodeh. I promise you he’s on the side of the good guys.”

May 14, 2010. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

The Boss-ette

SO, this video is a few days old, but I cannot get it out of my head.

During the most recent Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, Melissa Etheridge paid tribute to Bruce Springsteen!

After watching this ba-nanas-worthy performance, I can’t figure out which I prefer: Bruce performing Bruce or Melissa performing Bruce.

Bam. Nbd.

January 6, 2010. Tags: , , . Live Performances. Leave a comment.

Maybe (i’ll listen) This Time (and again and again and again)

HOLY MOTHER.

SO, most of you probably don’t care, but this recording is BA-NANA PANCAKES!

From the upcoming episode 5 of Glee, it’s guest star Kristin Chenoweth and Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) singing “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret…

They don’t need any more introduction. bam. nbd.

September 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Music, TV. 1 comment.

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