The Big Gay Sketch Show

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The Big Gay Sketch Show
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Title card
Format Sketch comedy
Created by Rosie O'Donnell
Starring Julie Goldman
Stephen Guarino
Jonny McGovern
Kate McKinnon
Nicol Paone
Paolo Andino
Colman Domingo
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 22
Production
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Distributor Beyond Distribution[1]
Broadcast
Original channel Logo
Original run April 24, 2007 – June 15, 2010

The Big Gay Sketch Show is an LGBT-themed sketch comedy program that debuted on Logo on April 24, 2007. The series is produced by Rosie O'Donnell and directed by Amanda Bearse. The program was originally titled "The Big Gay Show" but was renamed during production. As the name indicates, the show features comedy sketches with gay themes or a gay twist. Sketch topics include parodies of old sitcoms like The Honeymooners and The Facts of Life under the Nick at Nite-parodying heading "Logo at Nite", a lesbian speed dating session and an extended send-up of Broadway legend Elaine Stritch working as a Wal-Mart greeter, among other decidedly un-glamorous jobs.

Logo produced a second season of the series.[2] Paolo Andino and Colman Domingo joined the cast (replacing Michael Serrato and Dion Flynn). Season 2 premiered on February 5, 2008.[3]

Production on season three began in March 2009. Erica Ash is no longer with the cast.[4] In 2009, Logo announced plans for a search for new cast members. However, the result entitled, "The Big Gay Casting Competition", was limited to an online talent search, in which videos by contestants were uploaded to logoonline.com and voted on by site visitors. The winner, Wil Heuser, was a former American Idol contestant (verification needed, Wil Heuser was a Big Brother 14 cast member), who appeared in only one episode of the series, but as an extra, not a cast member. Season three debuted on Logo April 13, 2010.

Cast[edit]

Recurring characters and sketches[edit]

Recurring original BGSS characters include:

  • Gay Werewolf (McGovern), a straight man who turns gay - and hairy - under the light of a full moon.
  • Svetlana (Guarino), an ex-KGB secret agent and chorus dancer who practices her Soviet brand of martial arts as a means to stardom.
  • Fitzwilliam (McKinnon), a gender-confused English boy desperate to obtain a vagina. Sketches also include his father (McGovern).
  • Steven, a morbidly obese man, also known as "Waffles" (McGovern). This character originated on McGovern's podcast, Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern.
  • Ron Odyssey, a frustratingly flamboyant gay male receptionist (Guarino) who gives customers / patients a difficult time.
  • Chocolate Puddin', a transgender hooker. Puddin' originated in McGovern's stage show "Dirty Stuff".
  • Naldo (Andino), a Latino worker, who moves items (e.g. packages, luggage, furniture) in an explicit, sexual manner, unknown to him, exciting his gay male clientele.

Recurring celebrity impersonations include:

  • Maya Angelou (Domingo), who reads sexually explicit posts from Craigslist.
  • Antonio Banderas (Andino)
  • Liza Minnelli (Goldman)
  • Elaine Stritch (Paone), who appears performing a series of menial jobs like Wal-Mart greeter, airport luggage inspector and the like.
  • Barbara Walters (McKinnon), appears in "The View" sketches.

Critical reception[edit]

  • Variety: "[G]ay or straight, the audience has too many options to rely on mediocrity, which is why this exercise would seem a whole lot bigger and gayer if it was just a bit funnier."[5]
  • AfterEllen.com (owned by Logo): "BGSS faces inevitable comparisons to mainstream sketch shows like NBC's long-running Saturday Night Live and Fox's Mad TV and In Living Color. The success of SNL has hinged on the ability of its most talented cast members to develop memorable recurring characters. Similarly, the strength of both Mad TV and In Living Color is in the willingness of each to "go there" with the sort of sociopolitical humor that the modern incarnation of SNL (save for its brief and brilliant Tina Fey era) usually avoids... With its cast of mostly queer performers and its residence on a gay network, BGSS has a unique opportunity to do both of those things well. If the first two episodes are any indication, it looks promising."[6]
  • The Soup: Host Joel McHale commented unfavorably during the April 24, 2007 episode about BGSG's opening sketch, "Pocket Gay Friend", citing its similarity to The Soup's "Little Gay" recurring character that had debuted a year earlier and jokingly threatening a lawsuit.
  • AfterElton.com (owned by Logo): "I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Big Gay Sketch Show demonstrates definite promise....this is pretty standard sketch comedy, save a few more gay characters peppered in and some humor based around gay relationships. And to be honest, the skits that had little to do with gayness were often much funnier than the ones that lampooned gay life....if Big Gay focuses on developing great characters and skits that don't get bogged down in the concept, the show could become a solid hit."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond Distribution Named Worldwide Distributor Of Vh1's "The Cho Show" And "Sex: The Revolution" And Logo's "Transamerican Love Story" And "The Big Gay Sketch Show"". MediaWeek. 11 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Juergens, Brian. "Gay television news: Logo picks up Lance and Gant, renews Sketch". 
  3. ^ McGovern, Jonny. "Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern". www.gaypimp.com (Podcast). Retrieved November 2, 2007. 
  4. ^ McGovern, Jonny. "Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern". www.gaypimp.com (Podcast). Retrieved March 17, 2009. 
  5. ^ Brian Lowry (April 16, 2007). "Variety Reviews - The Big Gay Sketch Show". variety.com. Retrieved March 3, 2012.  Archived at WebCite.
  6. ^ Kregloe, Karman (2007-04-24). "Review". AfterEllen.com. 
  7. ^ Juergens, Brian (2007-04-24). "Review". AfterElton.com. 

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