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4 items from 2010

Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Summer Music Reviews and the Hot Men of Africa!

1 July 2010 9:21 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

That's Hilarious! No Way! It's Offensive! Well, Actually It's Complicated

Everyone knows that two of the trickiest subjects to talk about in mixed company are religion and politics. But when it comes to what we obsess about cover on, I'd actually say comedy might be one of the toughest to discuss (that and whether or not there should be a U.S. version of Torchwood).

All you have to do to see that is look at the comments on our last post about Family Guy which generated very heated discussion. That same issue came up twice this week, first with a discussion of gay male sexuality and the use of the word "faggot" on the new FX series Louie, and then again on an episode of The Boondocks that joked about prison rape.

When it comes to the use of the word "faggot" I don't like hearing it »

- michael

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Louis C.K.'s Extraordinary Ten Minutes of Gay TV

30 June 2010 6:17 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

***Warning*** This post discusses important plot points from the second episode of FX's new comedy series Louie

"What's that feel like anyway? A dick in the ass?" blurts out a straight man during the second episode of FX's new comedy series Louie, based on the life of stand-up comie Louis C.K. 

And thus kicks off one of the most extraordinary discussions of gay male sexuality and the use of the word "faggot" ever seen on television (at least outside of pay cable programming).

While the premise of the series isn't exactly ground-breaking — a stand-up comic plays a character pretty closely based on his real life — the first ten minutes of the second episode of Louie (titled "Poker/Divorce") are something truly ground-breaking. 

The episode opens as Louie and his group of comic friends are sitting around playing poker and BSing each other in the sexually graphic way many straight men »

- michael

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A Review of the First Four Episodes of FX’s Louie

29 June 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Comedian Louis C.K. has always been painfully funny (emphasis on “pain”) — at least on the stage.  Most would argue that the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie failed to translate the C.K. brand of comedy to the sitcom format, though the sparsely titled autobiographical Louie is an entirely different creature: half standup, half sketch comedy.

Hit the jump for a review of the first four episodes, the first two of which premiere Tuesday June 29th at 11/10c on FX.

C.K. is credited as writer, director, even editor in the first four episodes.  He brings a lot of himself to the sitcom, borrowing from his life as a standup comic, as a father, and as a miserable middle-aged white man.

The show incorporates filmed segments of C.K.’s standup act, filmed more intimately than you might see on a Comedy Central special, which loosely set up vignettes (two per episode »

- Brendan Bettinger

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'Ragtime,' 'Scottsboro' Lead Drama Desk Noms

3 May 2010 9:17 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

"Ragtime" and "The Scottsboro Boys" came up big as the nominees for the 55th annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today. The short-lived Broadway revival of the Terrence McNally musical and the new Off-Broadway tuner each received nine nominations, more than any other production.The nominees were announced by actors Brian Stokes Mitchell and Cady Huffman at the Friars Club in New York. It was also announced that Drama Desk members have voted this year to present special ensemble awards to the casts of "Circle Mirror Transformation" and "The Temperamentals." The awards will be presented May 23 in a ceremony hosted by Patti LuPone at the Laguardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.The complete list of nominees is below.Outstanding play:Alan Ayckbourn, "My Wonderful Day"Annie Baker, "Circle Mirror Transformation"Lucinda Coxon, "Happy Now?"John Logan, "Red"Geoffrey Nauffts, "Next Fall"Bruce Norris, "Clybourne Park"Outstanding musical:"American Idiot""Everyday »

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