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flSIOn BRIAN MOYLAN
Thanks to a comedy special, two new reality
shows and a great documentary, the tube
is heating up just in time for summer.
Summer TV sizzles
TRADITIONALLY, MEMORIAL DAY
weekend is the start of the summer season.
Not only does this mean we can all break out
the white shoes, but also that all the shows
that air during the regular television season
are reruns or on hiatus until the falL But
this Memorial weekend there is plenty to
keep gay TV watchers busy, including a new
comedy special, two sexy reality shows and
a wonderful documentary
"Laugh Whore," the new Showtime
special from gay comedian Mario
Cantone, will delight fans who miss his
fast-talking, bombastic alter ego, Anthony,
Charlotte's gay wedding planner on "Sex
and the City" From the opening number,
Cantone dances his way to center stage
and commands the audience's attention
for the entire 90 minutes. During that
time, he morphs into many personalities,
including more than a few familiar divas.
Every gay man thinks he can do a good
Cher or Liza Minnelli or Judy Garland or
Barbra Streisand, but Cantone actually
pulls them all off, very well. Not only that,
he can do a spot-on Katharine Hepburn,
Sammy Davis Jr. and Michael Jackson.
The most touching and funny moments
come when he talks about his quirky
Italian-American family (including a hysterical characterization of his boozy sister). In these moments we see that Cantone
isn't just a familiar screaming queen, but a
wonderful comic and storyteller.
VHl's two new reality shows, "Kept"
and "Strip Search," feature lots of male
skin. "Kept" features actress, model and
former "Mrs. Mick Jagger" Jerry Hall as
she picks from 12 men vying to be her
kept man (with a six-figure salary) for a
year 'Strip Search" is, as the title suggests, the search for seven men to form a
new troupe for "The Thunder From Down
Under," an Australian-based,
Chippendale's-style male revue with
shows in Las Vegas and around the world.
Both shows are similar to Bravo's
"Manhunt: The Search for America's Most
Gorgeous Male Model," where the men
were dull but hot and tossed aside their
shirts whenever possible. On "Kept," the
first challenge that the 12 sexpots face is to
strip off their clothes, put on Speedos and
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Showtime/Saturday, May 28, at 8 p.m.
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VHl/Sunday, May 29, at 9 pm.
TV Land/Wednesday, June 1. at 10 p.m.
Model and actress Jerry Hall (center) uses her
quest for a man to get the contestants to show
lots of skin in 'Kept,' a new reality show that
debuts on VH1 Sunday at 9 p.m.
swim across the Thames in winter. Ms.
Hall tromps through the show as a gay
ideal: rich, beautiful and fabulous, with a
horde of beautiful boys doing every ridiculous task she can think up.
The off-putting thing about both shows,
however, is the participants' insistence on
their heterosexuality. On "Kept," Seth, one
of the more annoying contestants, says to
dashing contest Ricardo, "You have a really nice body You know, not in a gay way"
Yeah, yeah, keep talkin'.
AFTER THE MINDLESS
entertainment of this dynamic duo, catch
"Tickled Pink," a new documentary on TV
Land, a perfect fit. "Pink" looks at both the
history of gay people on the boob tube and
how the way we watch has changed.
Less worried about the post-"EUen"
world, "Pink" would rather talk about
things like "Bewitched" with its evil diva
Endora (Agnes Moorehead) and fey Uncle
Arthur (Paul Lynde). While many shows
would only look at the things gay men love
about campy classics, this hour-long special
gives equal time to lesbians, with a nod to
the butch Jo (Nancy McKeon) on "Facts of
Life" alongside finicky Dr. Smith (Jonathan
Harris) from "Lost in Space" and gay male
favorite "Wonder Woman" next to lesbian
love "Xena: The Warrior Princess."
There also are plenty of gay actors and
gay favorites on "Tickled Pink" talking
about their contributions to television, like
Rue McClanahan from "The Golden Girls,"
Carson Kressley from "Queer Eye," lesbian
comedian Judy Gold, comedy writer Bruce
Villanch, "Desperate Housewives" creator
Marc Cherry, "Roseanne" costar Sandra
Bernhard, "Dynasty's" Diahann Carroll
and, lo' and behold, Mario Cantone.
Insightful, entertaining and thorough,
the show is mostly a primer for straight
people about gay culture, but trust me:
You'll think it's a hoot — and informative.
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