What’s outside the mainstream today, defines it tomorrow. The Gayest Show Ever is your entrée into the new global gay reality, a provocative half-hour for outside sensibilities hungry to know what’s “in.”
The publishers of popular gay magazines Xtra and Fab take their journalistic expertise and enter the world of TV with The Gayest Show Ever. Shot in HD, the show takes a smart, salacious and hilarious bite out of global gay culture. Aimed at straights and gays alike, the six half-hour variety show is hosted by socially-conscious comic Elvira Kurt, and features field interviews by guest reporters, and a documentary sensibility spiced with pure cheek. A melange of political controversies, unique personalities and bizarre community rituals, The Gayest Show Ever is 360 degrees of gay life.
Each episode features interviews with fiery, influential people, including filmmakers John Waters and Bruce LaBruce, singer Cyndi Lauper; and comedian Margaret Cho, to name a few. The Gayest Show Ever also scouts groundbreaking art from the high street to the gutter – from the films of Cannes wunderkind Xavier Dolan, to the hidden homoeroticism in classical European painting, to deep eccentric subcultures – including a rag-tag band of punk drag queen “grotesques,” a naked yoga class, and a gay anarchist enclave.
Comedy sketches will be interspersed with the doc segments: People In the Gayborhood pokes fun at the characters who make up a community; an asexual couple may not be as chaste as they would like to appear; a PFLAG mother may be more interested in receiving accolades than in social justice; a pair of trashy drag queens spoof reality TV shows.
“There’s been a big trend to show how gay people are the same as straight people. But the truth is that in many ways we are very different, not just from straight people, but from each other,“states Creator/Executive Producer David Walberg. “There are so many subcultures and lifestyles that are unfamiliar and just plain strange. And strange is fascinating, and that’s where I believe the show will have its appeal to more of the mainstream. Our hope is that people watching the show will experience a side of humanity that they’ve never seen before, maybe that they never thought possible.”
Host – Elvira Kurt is an acclaimed stand-up comic, writer and producer. She has written for Ellen DeGeneres and the comedy series Little Mosque on the Prairie and has appeared on The Tonight Show and Degrassi Junior High. Her comedy specials have aired on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, E! and Bravo and she has hosted shows on MTV’s Logo and Canada’s main networks CBC and CTV.
Sketch Comedy Writer – Paul Bellini is a veteran comedy writer, producer and magazine columnist. He was nominated for Emmys as a writer and producer on the comedy series The Kids in the Hall and an International Emmy as a producer on the same series. He has also won two Gemini Awards as a writer and producer on the top-rated Canadian comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Creator | Executive Producer – David Walberg is a successful publisher and producer of gay media including two decades with Xtra and Fab, part of widely successful Pink Triangle Press, one of the world’s largest gay media enterprises. The Gayest Show Ever features the same craftsmanship as the Press’s influential print and web titles: journalistic integrity, engaging storytelling, innovative packaging and a creative approach to audience development.
Producer – Frank Prendergast has worked for over 14 years as a producer at Canada’s CTV, CityTV, CHUM Television and Bravo! His work in factual entertainment has been syndicated throughout the world and includes documentaries, special presentations and production on a variety of magazine programs such as BookTelevison and QueerTelevision.
Episode 1 – October 7 – 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
Filmmaking legend John Waters (director of Polyester, Hairspray and the outrageous Pink Flamingos) gives us his hilarious take on gay activism; we go backstage with sexy gay rapper Cazwell; rocker Lucas Silveira and activist Patrick Califia introduce us to the growing community of women who are becoming men; we take it all off to get the lowdown on what makes naked yoga so hot; and our comedic drag queen geniuses take us to the back alley for Project Dumpster.
Episode 2– October 14 – 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
Controversial indie director Bruce LaBruce tells us how his hardcore pornography takes aim at conformity and consumerism; Big Freedia, the hottest artist out of New Orleans’ sissy-bounce scene, teaches host Elvira Kurt how to shake her booty; we continue our look at the female-to-male transsexual community and hear why America’s bad-girl academic Camille Paglia thinks this trend is so dangerous; we head to Denmark to get a lesson in love from Axel Axgil, one half of the world’s first officially united gay couple; and in our comedy skit section, we get some hilarious insights into the inner workings of an asexual lesbian couple.
Episode 3– October 21 – 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
Pop music superstar Cyndi Lauper holds the gay community close to her bosom and takes on homophobic American evangelicals; the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours, Michael Cunningham, gives gay men tips on aging gracefully; we gain behind-the-scenes access to get the controversial story of sex without condoms in gay pornography; Denmark’s queer arts collective, Dunst, tells us why being ugly is sometimes the best revenge; and in our comedy sketch, the proud mother of a gay man gives us a lighthearted lesson in narcissism.
Episode 4– October 27 – 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
We go to a rehearsal for the Broadway hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; transsexual pornstar Buck Angel tells us the secret to his success; we continue our investigative look at sex without condoms in gay pornography; we get into the ring at an international gay wrestling match; we find out how queers fit into the history of Copenhagen’s renegade community of Christiania; and in our comedy section, we find out what would happen if straight men were queer.
Episode 5– November 4 – 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
We find out why performance artist Nina Arsenault believes having a penis makes her no less of a woman; pop music sensation the Scissor Sisters tell us how Elton John gave them a hand up and why Kylie Minogue should be queen; we talk to members of GetEqual, who led the charge against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in the US and have turned their backs on established gay rights organizations; we go to the Polish National Museum to uncover the hidden queer history behind some of the world’s greatest masterpieces; and in our comedy skit, our drag queen duo gives us a hilarious takeoff of reality television in “Dancing with the Dumpsters.”
Episode 6– November 11 – 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
We uncover the inspiring, heartbreaking and almost forgotten story of Lili Elbe, the first known recipient of male-to-female sex reassignment surgery; American comedian and television star Margaret Cho tells us why her husband approves of her having sex with butch dykes; the son of America’s most prominent gay-hater, Fred Phelps, bashes his dad; a group of European moped riders travels into the realm of bisexuality; and our drag queen comedians take a stand on gay fashion disasters.