Gay Robot as he appears in Nick Swardson's Pretend Time was designed by Stan Winston Studios.
|First appearance||Shh...Don't Tell|
|Portrayed by||Nick Swardson|
|Gender||Programmed as Male|
Gay Robot is a comedy skit on Adam Sandler's fifth album, Shh...Don't Tell. In the sketch, a group of friends are watching football when the neighbor calls to let them know that his invention, Gay Robot, is coming over. Gay Robot is very good with football statistics and is very horny because he does not know any other gay guys. The sketch consists of Gay Robot constantly trying to entice the others into sex with him.
As a comedy TV series it was initially rejected until posted online where it became a hit. In 2005 Comedy Central ordered a pilot of Gay Robot as a live-action series from Sony Pictures TV and Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo's Happy Madison. In 2006, Comedy Central filmed a pilot for a TV show based on the comedy bit, which has never aired. But clips posted online (first on MySpace) quickly racked up hundreds of thousands of views. The robot, voiced by Nick Swardson, discovers he is gay after a wine cooler is spilled on him and fries his circuit board. According to the Hollywood Reporter, "The original pilot, in which Gay Robot and his fraternity buddies try to find him a date for the homecoming dance, was written by Swardson and Tom Gianas, who both executive produced with Sandler." TV Guide called the show a guilty pleasure and Gay Robot "the feyest droid since C-3PO." Inside the robot itself is actor Doug Jones. In an interview he confirmed the insides of Gay Robot are based on Jon Lovitz's butler robot guy in The Benchwarmers, named Number 7. Although Jones is in the robot it takes three people to maneuver Gay Robot. The robot suit costs $250,000. A feature-length Gay Robot movie has been worked up in an initial treatment but is in limbo.
In 2007 the series was redeveloped as an animated project. The original run is composed of two eleven-minute stories per episode. According to the Comedy Central press release, "[T]he show follows the day-in-the-life adventures of Gay Robot and the guys partying their way through life while trying to find their way in the world." Gay Robot lives with his friends Nick, Pat and Matt after college. The character, voiced by Swardson, appeared in promos for Swardson's new series, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, and appears in the show. In the premiere of Pretend Time Gay Robot is shown to be a bouncer/door ID-checker at a party where guest star Ryan Phillippe tries to enter and Gay Robot makes passes at him. In another episode he uses an iPhone Offender App, and as a newer, presumably young, robot he defends himself against a pedophile.
In 2011 Swardson revealed he had written a four-part mystery series, "Gay Robot and the Curse of the Haunted Jockstrap" for Gay Robot but the network killed it after the script phase.
Posters were also seen in the movie Grandma's Boy. It was shown as a new video game.
Other gay robots
Frank Zappa's 1979 rock opera, Joe's Garage, features a pair of gay robots in Act II by the names of Sy Borg and Gay Bob. Sy Borg ends up dying due to overly vigorous intercourse with Joe, the opera's protagonist.
In William Hoffman's 1985 play As Is, representing "the opening salvo in the theatrical war against AIDS," the character Saul turns into a "flamboyantly gay robot" as part of a chorus of characters presenting diverse views on the AIDS pandemic.
In 2011 a costumed and self-described gay robot protested then-candidate Michele Bachmann to support equal LGBT rights for gay humans and robots. He had previously protested Bill Clinton in 2007 who was campaigning on behalf of his wife Hillary Clinton.
In 2011 Duke Nukem was revealed to have planned for a gay robot sidekick. Randy Pitchford, the "Gearbox boss," stated at a BAFTA event that "sexuality is part of the Duke personality," explaining that the original idea behind the sidekick was "to explore how Duke would relate to a peer that might have a different sexual orientation."
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