By now, you’ve probably watched “Back,” the season premiere of Louie. (And if you haven’t, go watch it before we spoil things for you.) And you know that the highlight of the episode is the frank, funny discussion about masturbation that Louie shares with other comedians, including Sarah Silverman, Rick Crom, Nick Dipaolo, Jim Norton, and William Stephenson, at a poker table. (Norton, who recently spoke to me on Entertainment Weekly’s SiriusXM radio show TV Editor’s Hour, says the scene was inspired by the long-running real-life weekly poker games that Stephenson plays with other comedians,
Gay jokes may still be low-hanging fruit for straight comics but in recent years there has been a pronounced shift in the way that the broader culture frames its discussion of gay people. This article is a survey of recent “gay” material from popular straight male comedians. Some of the routines discussed here will be offensive to some readers. Some of them are offensive, period. But I’ve chosen to highlight comics and routines that I feel signify a shift – however slight – in how gay people are discussed in straight stand-up. Some of these men seem to sincerely support gay rights and gay people,
This month, the celebrity blogger and multimedia entrepreneur will sing, dance and act in “NEWSical the Musical,” Rick Crom’s off-Broadway comedy which skewers the latest celebrity and political scandals among other other current events. Describing “NEWSical” as “a lot like ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but with music,” Perez speaks with the confidence of a Broadway veteran -– perhaps not surprising given that the 34-year-old originally dreamt of a stage career, having earned his Bfa in acting from New York University.
Taking a breather from a busy rehearsal schedule that includes singing lessons, Perez talked exclusively to HuffPost Gay Voices about the Drama Desk-nominated show, his new compilation CD, his role within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (Lgbt) community
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 AfterElton.com, 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
"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
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
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