The Boy in the Dress
Theatre

David Walliams Teams With Robbie Williams: “The Boy in the Dress” Musical at Royal Shakespeare Company

If you don’t recognize David Walliams’ name, think one-half of the “Little Britain” duo. Ah, that guy. Anyhow, he’s built quite a career beyond “Little Britain” in television and film, but his greatest success, eclipsing everything else is his career as a children’s book writer. His first in 2008 was “The Boy in the Dress”, brought to life by legendary book illustrator Quentin Blake. Although ostensibly heterosexual, David Walliams has never shied away from his fey side, and this was

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Snagglepuss Hanna Barbera
TV

AbFab! Pioneer and Role Model Snagglepuss Returning in “Jellystone!”

Growing up, there were obvious homosexuals on TV and in movies yet for most straight audiences, they were seen as Second Bananas, eccentric and flamboyant and not activists flaunting the reality of their “lifestyle” in everyone’s faces. In the Golden Age of Hollywood, think Edward Everett Horton, Marjorie Main, and Franklin Pangborn, and in television in the 1950s-60s, think Nancy Culp (Beverly Hillbillies), Paul Lynde, and of course, Snagglepuss. Ahh, Snagglepuss. His voice was modeled on Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion,

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Jerry Lewis as Carmen Miranda
TV

Six Degrees of “The Golden Girls” from Cher to Jerry Lewis

No, neither Cher nor Jerry Lewis appeared in “The Golden Girls”, but they are connected via the show just the way Leonardo DiCaprio is connected to Patrick Stewart (via Quentin Tarantino’s appearance in “TGG”). Let’s play Six Degrees of “The Golden Girls”! In 1960’s “Cinderfella”, Jerry Lewis’s fairy godfather was Ed Wynn, a character actor probably better known to kids today than superstars such as Doris Day or Rock Hudson due to his appearance in “Mary Poppins” playing Uncle Albert

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Eurovision 2020 Iceland
Music

This is Actually Good! Iceland’s Entry into Eurovision, the Dorky, Catchy “Think About Things”

Alright, it’s two whole months before the Eurovision Song Contest and I think we’ve found a winner already. Iceland’s entry “Think About Things” by Daði Freyr and his band Gagnamagnið (roughly meaning “The Data”) is so counter-intuitive to everything typical of Eurovision which is why it’s so refreshing. There have been attempts at humor with past Eurovision entries, although most are unintentional. There was one year where Greece offered kilted, mohawked guys singing guterally about “Money for Beer” and another from Sweden

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Golden Girls Flu Attack
TV

Some Needed Comic Relief: Watch “The Golden Girls” Endure a “Flu Attack”

Alright, we’re in a weird situation right now, knowing there’s this virus that’s lurking, waiting to silently grab us and then turn out lives upside down. Or not. Other than going to the grocery store and hoarding, there’s little we can do ourselves about this situation given that the government seemingly has no clue and only thinks about the political impact rather than saving lives. So we might as well keep our spirits up. Sometimes there’s nothing funnier than laughing

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Raye Birk Golden Girls
TV

Six Degrees Between “The Golden Girls” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

Forget Kevin Bacon, I think everything in Hollywood leads back to “The Golden Girls” (TGG). We are currently watching both “TGG” and “Star Trek: TNG” in order from the beginning and we’re finding some surprising connections. As I wrote previously, Quentin Tarantino attributes his appearance as an Elvis impersonator on “TGG” with providing him funds through residuals keeping him afloat as he developed “Reservoir Dogs”. Because of this, you can trace Bea Arthur and Leonardo DiCaprio in two degrees, and

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Eurovision 2020 James Newman My Last Breath
Music

Can UK Reverse Eurovision Humiliation With 2020 Entry “My Last Breath” By James Newman?

If you’re not a fan of Eurovision – well most people aren’t fans exactly as much as like it in a “so-bad-it’s-good” way – you know that the UK has not had much luck with its entries for the last 20+ years, ever since Katrina and the Waves (yes, the “Walking on Sunshine” group) won in 1997. They’ve tried many methods of choosing an entry, with BBC sometimes choosing it themselves or allowing the public to vote. The result, unfortunately,

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Heidi and Tim Are Back
TV

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum Return with “Making the Cut”!

When Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum left “Project Runway”, it sounded like they had a good new venture in the offing and we eagerly awaited its arrival. And waited and waited. Meanwhile, we kept watching the retooled “Project Runway” but even with our fave Christian Siriano, it just wasn’t the same and we stopped watching altogether. Now, luckily, Tim and Heidi have announced their return, platformed on Amazon Prime, debuting on March 27th! “Making the Cut” is pretty much…”Project Runway”

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Edith Massey Female Trouble
Movie

AbFab! John Waters’ “Female Trouble” Funniest Movie Ever Made?

Is “Female Trouble” the funniest movie ever made? I’d vote yes, but it’d probably be one of 10 or 20 I could swear was the all-time best and funniest. But that’s why the site is “Gush About” because while I am discerning and there is much I don’t like, there is so much that I do love to the point of needing to be restrained by order. This 1974 film was John Waters’ fourth feature, his follow-up to “Pink Flamingos”,

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