Category Archives: Breaking

Marvelous Marilyn Maye

I’ve already told you about last week on Billy Masters LIVE.  Our guest this Tuesday, September 8th is the marvelous Marilyn Maye!  I recently zipped down to Provincetown to spend time with Auntie Marilyn, who sold out all five shows at the Crown & Anchor.  While there, we sat down to dish, laugh, reminisce, and just play.  Not only will you get to eavesdrop on our conversation, you’ll see some footage of her in action.  To join in the fun, check out our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV, or just go to BillyMasters.com/TV.

Daytime Talk Drama

I prefer the label “omnipotent”, which is someone with unlimited power.  I told you months ago that Sara Haines would return to The View.  Now it’s official.  When the show begins season 24 this week, Haines will be there.  As to Meghan McCain, her baby is due in November.  But she’d like to work up until the election.  I predict a very special episode of The View during which Meghan will give birth on the air…assisted by her doula, Joy Behar!

My powers must have been on the fritz when it came to The Talk.  After only a single year, Marie Osmond is history.  In true daytime fashion, nobody is pointing fingers.  CBS said, “Marie is a consummate professional, and we thank her for sharing her personal experiences, insight, as well as incredible talents, with our audience.”  Marie said something about wanting to spend more time with her husband, kids, and grandkids.  Sharon Osbourne probably said, “Marie who?”  Which I believe is her version of, “She’s welcomed back any time.”

Posey’s Sausage

Our Ask Billy question was about another photo.  Kevin in Denver wrote, “Did you see the pics of Tyler Posey frying sausage in the nude?  He is just so dreamy.”

He is dreamy, but also a big-ole tease.  I mean, he didn’t really show anything – certainly not any sausage!  Once again, I got thinking – didn’t we have a story like this before?  So I went and checked the definitive site for celebrity nudes – BillyMasters.com.  And there was Tyler…pleasuring himself during a video call.  If I didn’t see it, I wouldn’t believe it.  I’ll re-post it for your viewing pleasure.

Efron Takes a Leak

When Zac Efron’s little brother Dylan pulled to the side of a road to pee, someone took a photo.  This is fortuitous since he lowered his shorts all the way.  However, the locale appears to be pretty deserted, which makes me think it was an inside job – as in inside his own car.  Posed or not, I’ll post it on BillyMasters.com.

The Fall of Falwell

Then there’s Jerry Falwell Jr.  I prepared a report on his unzipped escapade weeks ago, but thought “Who cares?”  Apparently people cared.  On Instagram, he posted a photo from his yacht with a scantily clad woman – a woman who was not his wife.  And let’s not even mention Jerry’s unzipped jeans peeking out below his protruding paunch.  He deleted the pic, but not before others saved it and reposted it.  Shortly thereafter, the Executive Committee of Liberty University’s Board of Trustees “requested that Jerry Falwell, Jr. take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University.”  BTW, it was a paid leave of absence.

And yet, they didn’t have a problem with last year’s story about the pool boy – if anybody 29 years of age can be called a boy anywhere other than on a hookup app.  That story came from Michael Cohen…of golden showers fame.  He claimed that someone was trying to extort money out of the Falwells with a photo that he said would “typically be kept between a husband and wife”.  However, Falwell claimed that the $1.8 million he gave the aquatic Giancarlo Granda was a loan to help him start a gay-friendly youth hostel in Miami Beach – and we know how gay-friendly youths can be (when they’re not being hostile).

A year ago, speculation ran rampant that Jerry Jr. had an affair with the pool boy.  Now it’s being claimed that the tyke had an eight-year affair with Mrs. Falwell and that Mr. Falwell liked to “watch”.  Jerry says, “Becki had an inappropriate personal relationship with this person, something in which I was not involved.”  Becki also asserts that her husband never watched.  But, I noticed something odd.  In his statement, Mr. Falwell says that he and his wife “forgave each other”.  What did Mrs. Falwell have to forgive Mr. Falwell for?  Hmm.  Becki’s list of sins continues to grow.  It’s now being alleged that she performed oral sex on one of her son’s friends after band practice.  Oh, did I mention they were both students at Liberty University?  Falwell has resigned from the institute of higher learning because he doesn’t want his wife’s bad behavior to sully the school’s reputation.  Fret not – he’ll leave with a $10.5 million severance package.  For that price, I’d do whatever he wants me to do with his package!!

 

Peevish Politicos

Are we really living in a world where we accuse the president’s son of being high on cocaine during a convention speech?  I thought the world hit a low when they went after Chelsea Clinton…to say nothing of Amy Carter or the Bush girls.  And does the son of a president have to actually say, “No, I was not high on cocaine” in a national television interview?  I guess in this Trumpian age, the answer is yes.  Whatever happened to class?

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You’d be excused if you confused the Republican National Convention with a bus and truck tour of Evita given the high-pitched yelling and arm gesturing.  But where was Scott Baio?  He spoke at the 2016 RNC, but where was he this year?  He appeared at some rallies and the Freedom First Network symposium after the convention ended.  At that event, he proclaimed that the coronavirus is all a lie – ‘cause Chachi knows!  It’s been a pretty dismal summer for Scott.  He was supposed to be filming Courting Mom & Dad with Kristy Swanson…which sounds positively dreadful.  That was shut down by SAG-AFTRA for not following regulations in regard to child actors AND for not following Covid-19 rules.  Well, because of course there is no pandemic!

When we last checked in with beleaguered Massachusetts congressional candidate Alex Morse, he was being accused of having sex with students in the college where he worked.  The openly gay Morse admitted that he had had sex with some students – but it was all consensual.  What’s more, all of the partners backed him up – which means all of that backing up was indeed consensual.  In some good news, he just got an endorsement from rising star, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Suddenly, life is looking a bit brighter for Morse.

Lil Nas X’s Calvins

Our Ask Billy question comes from Oscar in Santa Cruz:  “Did I hear Lil Nas X is doing another CK underwear shoot?  How much will he show?  He’s so hawt.”

I have the photos from the poolside shoot.  If you are a fan of Lil Nas X, you’ll enjoy them.  Of course, why let Calvins come between you and the singer when you can see every inch of him in action on BillyMasters.com.

Boys in the Band

Ryan Murphy’s film remake of The Boys in the Band will hit Netflix on September 30th.  This is based on the 2018 Broadway production and that entire cast is back – Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Tuc Watkins, Robin de Jesus, Brian Hutchison, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Charlie Carver.  We hear that the film will include at least a bit of nudity – specifically Matt Bomer’s shower scene at the top of the show, and Tuc and Rannells’ sex scene at the bottom.  Of course, if you read this column faithfully, you know that some footage from the Bway production can be seen on BillyMasters.com.

Billy Masters Reunions

To maneuver these crazy days, one needs a steady hand.  And that’s what we deliver on Billy Masters LIVE – every Tuesday and Thursday at 3PM Eastern / Noon Pacific.  This week’s guests are author Christopher Rice on Tuesday and Funny Gay Males on Thursday.  Last week featured two huge episodes.  On Tuesday, we paid tribute to Naked Boys Singing! – the musical review which started in 1998 as a way to keep West Hollywood’s Celebration Theatre afloat.  Former artistic director Bob Schrock joined composers David Pevsner and Mark Winkler, choreographer Travis Payne, publicity guru Ken Werther, and original stars Brian Beacock and Tod Macofsky for a trip down memory lane.  Check it out on YouTube.com/BillyMastersTV.

On Thursday, we had a first – Nikki Blonsky, Tracy in the film adaptation of the musical Hairspray, alongside the Link of the television version, Garrett Clayton.  And what an amazing show it was.  The two of them had never even met before – but both were fans of the other.  We also discussed Nikki’s coming out video, and the YouTube channel Garrett started with his fiancé Blake called A Gay in the Life.  Since the show made its Broadway bow 18 years ago last week, we had to do something special.  In addition to having stars of the film and TV version, we were joined by Linda Hart (the original Velma on Broadway), Bruce Vilanch (original Edna for the National Tour and a Broadway replacement), Chester Gregory (replacement Seaweed on Broadway and National Tour), Charlo Crossley (original Motormouth Mable for the National Tour), and the marvelous Marc Shaiman – composer and co-lyricist.  We even did a scene from the show – with me again playing Penny (for obvious reasons) as well as Amber…because if someone was gonna play Garrett Clayton’s love interest, it was gonna be me.  It was a VERY special episode, which you can watch (along with all our shows) on BillyMasters.com/TV.

Postmaster Cher

With all of the issues surrounding the USPS, let me say that I have experienced no delays in mail coming from my Beverly Hills address to my parents’ home in a Boston suburb.  In fact, the mail I got last week (complete with two rare Lindsay Wagner DVDs from a devoted fan named Kim) got to me in 48 hours!  However, people are still concerned – especially with the potential for millions of mail-in ballots being “lost”.  So, naturally, Cher sprung to action.  Well, “sprung” is probably not the right term – I don’t picture Cher springing into anything.  But she did manage to pick up her phone and call her local post office in Malibu.  Why?  I’ll let her tell it in her charming Twitter speak:  “OK,Called 2 post offices In Malibu. They were polite. I Said “Hi This Is Cher, & I Would like to know If you ever take Volunteers. Lady Said She Didn’t Know & Gave Me # Of Supervisor. I Called & Said Hi This is Cher Do U Accept volunteers.  ‘NO, Need Fingerprints & Background Check’”  If Cher is working the counter of any USPS, I’d go in just to buy a few Forever stamps!

UK Twink Grows Up

Our Ask Billy question comes from Randy in London:  “Cheers from the UK.  Big fan.  What has Mitch Hewer been up to?  It’s been a minute.  One doesn’t hear much of him anymore, but he was my guilty pleasure.”

Mine as well, M8.  For those of you who are not Anglophiles, Hewer was one of those bleached blonde twink types who appeared on such UK shows as Britannia High.  He was even a stripper in the Take That musical, Never Forget.  I don’t believe he’s done anything since leaving Casualty – at least nothing of note.  While he is said to be heterosexual, it bears mentioning that he has played gay…such as on Skins.  And we happen to have a video where he shows quite a bit of skin.  Let’s just say even the Yanks will enjoy it…if you catch my drift.  You can get some more visual clues on BillyMasters.com.

Ptown Summer Shows

Pandemic or not, Billy Masters stays away from Provincetown for no man.  As it turns out, that’s exactly how many men I had – because, you know, there’s a pandemic going on.  I did get to see some incredible shows – and it’s simply coincidental that all of these artists have appeared on Billy Masters LIVE (I’m not risking life and limb to see Vicki Lawrence Schultz).  Every Wednesday night at The Crown and Anchor, Edmund Bagnell (of Well-Strung) is doing his solo show He Plays the Violin – and play it he does!  And his voice is as sweet as ever.

Then I got a taste of Varla Jean Merman and Judy Gold in The Varla and Judy Show.  My God, I laughed more than I have since…well, since March 13th!  The two play off each other brilliantly, singing, dancing (well, kinda dancing), and telling stories that would make a nun blush – were a nun foolish enough to be in Ptown… during a pandemic…to see a lesbian…and a drag queen.  The only downside to that show is you want more.

And more you get if you go to Varla’s solo show, Super Spreader.  Take it from someone who knows – it’s hard to make fun of a pandemic…especially while it’s going on.  But Varla manages to walk that tightrope with one of the most creative shows ever that’ll make you laugh – and, perhaps, think.  Make no mistake: these performers are all at the peak of their profession, and Ptown is lucky to have them…thanks to The Crown.  Since every show so far has sold out, grab your tickets quickly at OnlyAtTheCrown.com.

Meanwhile at the Pilgrim House, Branden and James spent a week doing their Lady Gaga tribute show.  I must confess – I am not the biggest Gaga devotee.  No offense, but I prefer my meat hanging from my men.  That said, Gaga’s got terrific songs (even the derivative ones), and this duo performs them wonderfully.  In addition to his angelic voice, Branden is also a good pianist.  And as great a cellist as James is, he sings, too.  They are in residence until October at The Front Porch in Ogunquit.  Details can be found at TheFrontPorch.com.

HUGE Billy Masters News

I’m calling this Reunion Week on Billy Masters LIVE, but that’s kind of a misnomer.  I don’t believe these particular groupings have ever been assembled before.  On Tuesday, August 18th, we pay tribute to the long-running musical review Naked Boys Singing – including members of the original creative team and cast.  And on Thursday…well, even I can’t believe it.  Our special Hairspray show will include the Tracy from the movie musical, Nikki Blonsky, and the Link from TV, Garrett Clayton.  We’ll also have some special guests connected with the show.  Stay tuned for a BIG surprise or two.  Yes, summer sizzles on Billy Masters TV – on YouTube.

Our shows last week kicked off with the dynamic Lena Hall, who you’ll remember from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  I knew she was wildly talented, but I didn’t know she was hysterically funny and smart as a whip.  Speaking of smart, talented and funny, Fran Drescher returned to the show on Thursday to talk about her documentary on REELZ, her rescue dog, and even introduce us to the workmen at her home – much to the delight of her worldwide fans who were commenting like crazy.  Then, Broadway leading man Max von Essen discussed his livestream concert (which you can see on BroadwayWorld.com).  The icing on the cake was the appearance of Max’s Falsettos co-star, Nick Adams.  It was a lovefest all around, as you can see on BillyMasters.com/TV.

Major Marvel Madness

In news from the Marvel Universe, Wiccan and Hulkling, members of the Young Avengers, got married.  While Marvel has celebrated same-sex weddings before (most notably, the June 20, 2012 nuptials of Northstar and Kyle), this was a first…this pair scurried off and had a quickie Vegas ceremony.  How kitschy!  It may have been spontaneous, but the boys have been courting since 2005.

Speaking of Marvel, the company has secured permission to use the X-Men in their Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And our very own Colton Haynes has a new goal in life – to play Iceman!  According to insiders, Shia LeBeouf has already been approached, but that isn’t stopping Colton from taking his case to social media.

Harington’s Kit Search

Our Ask Billy question comes from Tim in Detroit: “Did you see those photos of Kit Harington?  WTF?”

For those of you who aren’t in the know, the Game of Thrones star was snapped walking down the streets of London with his right arm down his pant leg.  From the series of snaps, many have speculated that Kit was simply adjusting his dick – which we’ve all done from time to time.  But his arm is so deep down there, I think he might have been trying to flatten some boxers.  Unless his dick is REALLY long.  I guess you’ll have to check out BillyMasters.com and decide for yourself.

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When we’re running longer than Kit’s kit, it’s definitely time to end another column.  Speaking of long, this month we are celebrating 25 years of writing this column.  In some ways, it’s even more fun today.  Believe it or not, back then I had to fax the column every week to some of my papers.  And a few got theirs via snail mail – talk about timely!  But now, I can interact with you almost immediately on BillyMasters.com – the site that always delivers.  I can even talk to you face-to-face via Billy Masters LIVE, which you can find on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV.  Should you need more of me (allowing for social distancing), write to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you after I find the answer in my pants!  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

 

Revelations on #BMLive

What a week we had on Billy Masters LIVE.  Tuesday kicked off with the outrageous Judy Gold – whose book, Yes, I Can Say That, is not only hilarious but also brilliant.  It is a perfect book to read in these times of social media outrage and political correctness (I heartily recommend the audiobook, which Judy reads).  We were joined by Wilson Cruz.  To say I’d wait a lifetime for Wilson is an understatement.  We talked about our long friendship – complete with many heretofore unseen photos of him in various forms of undress.  He was thoughtful, witty, sincere, and dishy.  Everything I’d want in a boyfriend…er, I mean a guest!  Definitely worth checking out.

On Thursday, Provincetown during a pandemic was the topic.  We started off with Edmund Bagnell – who you may know from Well-Strung.  He is currently doing a solo show at the Crown & Anchor.  Also at the Crown is Varla Jean Merman, who popped in (out of drag) to discuss the challenges of laughing at the coronavirus.  It was a perfect way to end the week.  You can see all of our shows on BillyMasters.com/TV or on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV.

Regis on Ripa on Regis

I admit it – I got caught up in the tributes to Regis Philbin.  Then I started watching interviews he gave.  In a sit-down with Larry King, Regis made a staggering confession when asked, “Do you keep in touch with Kelly Ripa?”  “Not really, no.  Never once did they ask me to go back…She got very offended when I left.  She thought I was leaving because of her.  I was leaving because I was getting older and it wasn’t right for me anymore.”  Larry pressed – has Regis heard from her?  “Never have.”  Counter that with all the tributes Kelly has shown up on…inconsolable.  Not all is as it seems.  Think about that when you judge Ellen.

Moving on to something far more important – the Rockettes have cancelled their annual Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.  When the Rockettes are worried about kicking off, we’re doomed.

Stars Weigh In On Ellen

Pandemic or not, August is typically the slowest time in entertainment – at least in terms of consumption.  When I cannot watch The View shortly after waking, I feel out of step with the world.  And when I cannot watch The Talk shortly after breakfast, I know it’s August.  And yet, in the midst of this wasteland, television news continues to be generated – whether it is speculation on if Meghan McCain will return to The View after her baby is born (she claims she will), whether Sara Haines will return to The View since her GMA offshoot has been cancelled, and what will happen to Michael Strahan…and his lisp?

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The controversy surrounding Ellen DeGeneres continues to swirl out of control.  I have one overall thought: no performer is paid to be nice.  Nice is something manufactured by the media, which I suppose I am a part of.  I’ve had limited interaction with DeGeneres.  While there is a small handful of people who have pointedly refused to be pleasant (Halle Berry, Heidi Klum, and Geena Davis come to mind), Ellen has always been solicitous.  However, a friend of mine is quick to point out that when I brought him to a taping of her show, all we got as a giveaway was a coupon for a Marie Callender’s pot pie!  I must correct him – I believe we were also given a Liz Phair CD.

In addition to my dubious endorsement, several celebs have also weighed in.  We already know that Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson concur that the “nice” moniker is far from accurate.  Someone joining their ranks is Ellen’s former DJ, Tony Okungbowa.  “I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there.  I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007-2013.  While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.” 

On the other hand, people like Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Alec Baldwin, and Diane Keaton have come to Ellen’s defense.  It should be noted that Keaton also spoke up in favor of Woody Allen.  Then there’s Kevin Hart, who had this to say: “It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly.  I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the fucking planet.  She has treated my family and my team with love and respect from day 1.  The internet has become a crazy world of negativity…we are falling in love with peoples down fall.”  It bears mentioning that Ellen was supportive of Hart when his past homophobic jokes resurfaced and squashed his opportunity to host the Academy Awards.  Where does the truth lie?  And, more importantly, does it matter?  To most people reading this, it only matters in terms of gossip – and who am I to minimize that?  But deep down, I doubt anyone cares.  If Ellen entertains you, great.  If not, change the channel.

Brit Brothers Bonding

I know showbiz makes strange bedfellows, but this might be a first – two actors who play brothers on a British show are boyfriends in real life!!  The show in question is the long-running soap Emmerdale, and the actors are Max Parker and Kris Mochrie, who play Luke and Lee Posner.  But it’s not as icky as it sounds.  They met last fall on the day the character of Lee was being killed off, which was Mochrie’s last day of shooting.  Sparks didn’t necessary fly on the set, but the lads stayed in touch…with the touching becoming more intense in recent weeks – as you’ll see in the photos on BillyMasters.com.

Jacked Up Jackman

By the way, the ripped Reed Kelly came to us from Australia – and woke up at 3AM to do a tech with me (the idea of Reed Kelly waking up in the middle of the night to do anything with me is a dream come true).  On Tuesday, we had Branden & James Branden is a Yank, while James is from Down Under.  The idea of Branden Yanking James Down Under should get you to watch that show.  If you want to see them live, the twosome is in residence at the Front Porch in Ogunquit all summer.  And from August 11-15, they’ll be in Provincetown at the Pilgrim House.  Check out TheFrontPorch.com or PilgrimHousePtown.com or their full schedule at BrandenJames.com.

Hugh Jackman is from Down Under.  But he’s been quarantining stateside.  Last week, he joined his wife Deb at The Hamptons for a dip in the ocean.  Should you want to see how he’s holding up, check out BillyMasters.com.

We’ve got two pretty specials shows this week on #BMLive.  On Tuesday, Wilson Cruz joins me for a long-overdue visit.  Also, Judy Gold pops in to talk about her new book, Yes, I Can Say That.  And on Thursday, Edmund Bagnell, who you may know from the singing string quartet Well-Strung, will talk to us about his solo show, He Plays the ViolinVarla Jean Merman will also be there to discuss performing in Provincetown this summer.  They’ll be joined by producer/manager Mark Cortale and Rick Murray, owner of The Crown and Anchor, who will fill us in on how these shows have been going (which, by the way, have all been selling out).  You can check out the full schedule at OnlyAtTheCrown.com.  And you can watch our show on BillyMasters.com.

Broadway Bares Boys

You know what show has no problems?  Billy Masters LIVE.  And do you know why?  Because we have no staff!  If something goes wrong, it’s all my fault.  But when something goes right, I get to take all of the credit – like with last week’s show saluting Broadway Bares.  The annual burlesque sex-travaganza is a major fundraiser for Broadway Cares, and was initially cancelled in light of the pandemic.  When they figured out how to go forward as a virtual event, I decided to devote a show to them.  With founder Jerry Mitchell as the centerpiece, I assembled some of the hottest men to ever grace the stage – and each of them has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the charity.  Christopher Sieber, Spencer Liff, Patrick Boyd, Reed Kelly, and Mark MacKillop joined me for almost two hours of joyous walks down memory lane.  I even showed a clip of Sieber and me talking about Bares on my 2004 talk show pilot which has never before aired.  You should definitely check it out – on BillyMasters.com/TV or on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV.

Go-Go’s Go Global

Jane was just so cute and sweet and bubbly and her little voice. 
We both had crushes on each other, I guess you could say, but we were
girlfriends for a while.  She was the boss in the relationship. 
I was the new kid in town and it made me feel comfortable. 
Jane broke up with me.  It wasn’t like either one of us were heartbroken or anything. 
You think something like that’s going to fuck with the band?  No way.”
 
Gina Schock recounts the early days of her relationship with Jane Wiedlin in the new documentary, The Go-Go’s.

Get ready for a BIG announcement about Billy Masters – the man and the column.  Back in August 1995, I wrote my very first installment of this column.  Now, I’m no math whiz, but I believe that’s almost a quarter of a century ago.  I know what you’re thinking…and it’s true – I really do look incredible!

In that very first column was a story about The Go-Go’s doing one of their reunion tours:  “What most people didn’t know, however, was that their most loyal fan was none other than Roseanne‘s little girl, Sara Gilbert, who traveled with them city to city and did not miss one performance.  Her connection to the group?  All we will say is that she was spotted accompanying the mother of Gina Schock, The Go-Go’s fab drummer”.  Here we are, 25 years later, and Gina’s finally doling out details of her heretofore shrouded life – courtesy of the new documentary, The Go-Go’s, currently playing on Showtime.  That Gina and Jane once dated (see the opening quote) is a detail glossed over.  However, it is the first time Schock has ever talked about dating a woman.  The doc is a perfect overview to solidify the band’s place in history.  However, it’s not nearly as comprehensive as director Alison Ellwood’s previous two-part documentary about the Eagles.

The Bottom of B&B

Our Ask Billy question comes from Will in Chicago: “I know you watch B&B [The Bold and the Beautiful].  Who is the sexy doctor who is treating Steffi?  I bet he’ll become a regular.”

I bet you’re right!  The sexy doctor in question is Tanner Novlan.  And if he looks familiar, you probably recognize him from that commercial where he cannot properly say the words “Liberty Mutual”!  A few years back, he appeared in the film 1313: Giant Killer Bees, which is apparently notorious for lots of gratuitous flesh.  Here is what one Amazon reviewer said: “While the acting was terrible as well, watching guys massage their bodies both on the bed as well as in the shower with extreme closeups for 20-30 minutes of the movie takes it out of the realm of some steamy flesh to add some heat to the movie to a soft-core porn movie.”  Enough – I’m sold!  Plus, Tanner has quite a lovely body and an even better bottom – as you can see on BillyMasters.com.

Eichner Plays Lynde

Billy Eichner has announced plans to make a biopic about Paul Lynde called Man in a Box.  In announcing the project, Eichner made another pronouncement.  “Gay actors are never, hardly ever, I should say, allowed to play our own gay icons.  Harvey Milk, Freddie Mercury, Elton John.  Where are the gay actors?  And it’s not to take anything away from those performances, which were excellent.  But why don’t we get to tell our own stories?  I don’t think there needs to be a rule, like straight actors can never play gay, but it is so lopsided.  It never works in the other direction.  And we’re not even allowed to play our own heroes.”  No other details have been released…yet.

Mask Wearer Walking

Meanwhile, London just implemented a mandatory face mask law on July 24th.  On that very day, a well-built bloke strolled down Oxford Street wearing a mask…and nothing else.  Oh, did I mention he was wearing the mask as a g-string?  The chap has been revealed to be Tim Shieff and is described as a “champion freerunner”.  More like a freeballer.  He has appeared on Ninja Warrior UK and is a vegan.  I think we’ve just found a future guest for Billy Masters LIVE!  In the meantime, get a load of his load on BillyMasters.com.

Racism and Gay Porn

I’m not the only one with car trouble.  A video just went viral of a guy getting out of his car in NYC to yell the n-word at a man in the street.  Then he attacked the man filming him and smashed his phone.  Happily, the video was spared and fell into the hands of NYC city council candidate Anthony Beckford, who posted it on social media.  “Racist on the Upper East Side.  Find out who this racist person is and let us hold them accountable.  This and any other act of racism will NOT be tolerated”.  The man in question was identified as Joseph O’Brian – aka gay porn performer Dustin Gold.  People called for him to be fired from Helix Studios, which responded by saying, “Dustin Gold has been fired.  He hasn’t worked for us since 2014 and we will not use him in the future.”  I’m not exactly sure how you fire someone who hasn’t worked for you for six years.  Beckford also says, “All of Joe’s films need to be removed.”

The Statue of David Lives

Our Ask Billy question comes from Giorgio from Roma: “Com’è possibile che Pietro Boselli assomigli esattamente alla statua di Davide a Firenze?  Impossibile!  Nessuno sembra cosi.”

Scusatemi, ma la gente di GQ Italia crede che Pietro sia l’incarnazione della statua di Davide – e chi sono io per non essere d’accordo?  In effetti, spero che dimostrando la mia fluidità in italiano (oltre agli altri miei attributi), Boselli potrebbe innamorarsi perdutamente di me.  Certo, potrei sbagliarmi.  Pazienza.  Nel frattempo, puoi vedere la somiglianza tra Pietro e Davide su BillyMasters.com.

Seth & Billy Live

You know what has been giving me enormous pleasure?  Seth Rudetsky.  He does two Stars in the House shows each day with his husband, James Wesley, and has raised oodles of money for the Actors Fund.  He’s also doing weekly online concerts with celebrated artists.  How they are doing it live with him playing the piano in one place and the artist singing in another with no audio lag is something the Filth2Go engineers have yet to master.  But they’ve been terrific.  The one with the amazing Audra McDonald was…well, amazing.  He just did a concert with Norm Lewis which was also spectacular.  Upcoming concerts include Megan Hilty on July 26th and Cheyenne Jackson on August 2nd.  Check them out on TheSethConcertSeries.com.

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Didya know it was Seth who prodded me to do shows online?  When he started doing Stars in the House, I sent him an e-mail of praise.  His response?  “So, why aren’t you doing shows, too?  We’ve got to all pitch in and keep people entertained.”  Now you know who to blame for Billy Masters LIVE!  Last week, we had Rachel Mason, the director of the documentary Circus of Books – about the famed bookstore in West Hollywood which her parents owned.  It was great to hear some behind-the-scenes stories, and even better when we were joined by the store’s current owner, Miss Chi Chi LaRue.  Naturally, we also tackled hard news with New England Cable News commentator, Sue O’ConnellBilly Masters LIVE – your one-stop shopping for news and entertainment.  Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3PM Eastern on BillyMasters.com/TV or at Billy Masters TV on YouTube.

 

Father Finds Crist

Let’s spin the dials of Billy’s Wayback Machine to 2015.  That’s when it was alleged that Father Peter Miqueli stole over $1 million from his church to give to his boyfriend, Keith Crist – a name I couldn’t make up if I tried.  To be more accurate, Crist was a “boyfriend” with an hourly rate.  Crist got his rent paid, got paid extra for “bondage sessions”, was provided what officials call “ChemSex supplies”, and eventually was given a house.  Isn’t this the plot from season 5 of Breaking Bad?  When this all came out, the priest tried to get treatment at what is referred to as a “rehab facility for priests”.  But they turned him down!  Do you know how fucked up you are to be turned down by a “rehab facility for priests”?  Anyway, he recently died.  Or did he?  A police spokesperson said, “Miqueli was found deceased”.  His family doesn’t know where he was found, how he was found, or where he is now.

All About Miss KY

Where have I been?  Somehow, Mary Kay Letourneau died…and I missed it.  Of all the pedophiles, she was my favorite.  Happily, we now have Miss Kentucky.  To be accurate, a former Miss KentuckyRamsey BethAnn Carpenter Bearse wore the sash in 2014.  Since then, she became a teacher.  And, like Miss Letourneau, she got entangled with one of her students.  However, since we’re in the digital age, she didn’t sleep with her student.  Nope, she pleaded guilty to texting him some sexually explicit photos.  According to Bearse, she was trying to send a topless photo to her husband, but accidentally sent it to her 15-year-old student.  This leaves me with two salient questions – 1) do teachers typically have their students’ phone numbers in their cell phones; and b) do teachers typically have topless photos on their phones?  I can assure you my junior high teacher, Miss Toperza, didn’t – unless they were chiseled off the side of Stonehenge!  After realizing her mistake, Bearse sent the student an additional three photos!  Why?  Because he asked for them, and she claims she was “afraid to not appease him.”  If she really wanted to “appease him”…well, then she’d have a whole lot more in common with Letourneau.  Bearse has been sentenced to two years in prison, 10 years of supervised release, and must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.  But, to be fair, she lives in West Virginia, so she probably fits right in.

Fun fact – Bearse is not the first former Miss Kentucky with a rap sheet.  Three years ago, Kia Hampton, Miss Kentucky 2011, was arrested for smuggling marijuana into an Ohio prison.  Three guesses where she hid it.

Zac Grows Up…And Out

Our Ask Billy question comes from Justin in Chicago: “Where are all these scruffy photos of Zac Efron coming from?  He looks like a cross between an otter and a bear.”

What do you get when you cross an otter and a bear?  Either a very unfulfilled bear, or a really sore otter!  Or, you get Zac Efron in Netflix’s Down to Earth.  In it, he’s playing his most challenging role yet – himself!  “We are traveling around the world to find some new perspectives on some very old problems.  Food, water and energy are all the main staples of modern life.”  Apparently he also traveled without any razors or grooming products!  You can check out how he looks roughing it on BillyMasters.com.

Ian’s Back to the Future

With theatre in a state of suspended animation, it comes as no surprise to us that Sir Ian McKellen has gotten antsy.  So, imagine his delight when he was offered a job.  And in the theatre, no less.  And in a Shakespeare play.  Heaven!  The play?  Hamlet.  Delightful – he has a long history with the show.  Which role?  The ghost?  Polonius?  The second gravedigger?  Nope – Hamlet.  Yes, Sir Ian is once again playing the melancholy prince of Denmark – roughly half a century since his first time as the great Dane.  No one is quite sure when this production will be able to open, but McKellen was happy to commence rehearsals recently.  “So now we will meet again.  Don’t know when, but do know where: Theatre Royal Windsor!”  Note that he invoked the words sung so often by the great Vera Lynn, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 103.  I believe she was up for the role of Ophelia!

Mimi’s On The Defense

Two men have come forward claiming that they had unwanted sexual harassment from Mimi Imfurst.  Three years ago, they had several lewd online chats with Mimi.  Imfurst states that he deeply regretted his “ongoing late-night sexual conversations that involved in-depth and often exaggerated cyber role play that although was welcomed by some has made others uncomfortable and used.”  Then a third person came forward, claiming that he was hired to be an unpaid extra in one of Mimi’s videos.  It was being filmed by a pool, and the extras were in skimpy bathing suits.  “She looked me up and down and then proceeded to fondle my genitals through my bathing suit and held on until she was able to feel every part she wanted.  While she did this, she very flirtatiously asked, ‘And who are you?’”  Mimi calls the accusations, “100% false.  I’ve had numerous altercations with [this extra] since Fall 2018.  He has demonstrated a constant pattern of trying to undercut my business, at any cost.  This lie is just another desperate attempt as he seeks professional gain for his own company.” 

Halle Changes Her Mind

Halle Berry really stepped in it this week.  It started, as so many good scandals do, during an Instagram chat with her hairdresser!  When talking about upcoming projects, Halle said, “I’m thinking of a character where the woman is a trans character, so she’s a woman that transitioned into a man.  She’s a character in a project I love that I might be doing.  The project got pitched to me right when I was on the brink of making Bruised, but I so was in the mindset of getting in the body to play that, and I don’t know how long I can play an MMA character, so I had to get that out…but this got pitched to me, and I thought after I do this movie, that’s the character I’m going to play.”

Of course, all hell broke loose – because only a trans person can play a trans character, and only a gay person can play a gay character, and only a straight person can play a straight character, right?  What?  Oh, you mean gay people want to play straight roles?  And trans people would like to also play non-trans roles?  Sorry – everyone must stick to their lane.  Anyway, Halle pulled out of the project.  “Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks.  As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.”  And life goes on.

 

Hairspray Star Comes Out

Marc Shaiman is a big supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.  His musical version of Hairspray tackled racial tensions in Baltimore, circa 1962.  During the climactic “You Can’t Stop the Beat”, Motormouth Mabel sings, “And tomorrow is a brand new day, and it don’t know white from black”.  Shaiman made the following declaration: “But PLEASE note, in all future productions, the colorblindness that was a goal for many years will be improved, and the lyric will now be ‘And tomorrow is a brand new day and it sees both white and black!’”.

Speaking of Hairspray, the star of the film version just came out officially!  No, not John Travolta.  And, no, not Queen Latifah.  The Tracy – Nikki Blonsky.  While this was not news to those of us who know and love her, it was a bold public proclamation from a bold kinda gal.  She made the announcement as only she could.  She posted a video of herself dancing in the yard along to the music of Diane Ross’ “I’m Coming Out”.  The caption was simple.  “Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay!”

Back in May, Nikki Blonsky and I excitedly talked about her being on Billy Masters LIVE!  Unfortunately, I planned to only feature out LGBT guests for the month of June.  So I made a note to circle back to Nikki at the end of June.  And then, poof, she came out!  We’ll have her on soon.

Billy & Some Sexy Singers

This past week, Billy Masters LIVE started off on a sexy note.  Tuesday’s show featured Tom Judson (aka Gus Mattox), Florian Klein (aka Hans Berlin), and David Pevsner discussing working in gay erotica and in the legitimate theatre.  A very fun episode with lots of dish.  And then on Thursday, we featured singers Sam Harris and Billy Gilman.  It was my first time: a) having a guest named Billy and 2) “meeting” Gilman.  And the whole show was a complete delight.  Not only did they have so much in common in terms of career trajectory and attitudes about singing, they’re also big fans of each other.  Check us out on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3PM Eastern on YouTube.com/c/BillyMastersTV, or on the TV tab at BillyMasters.com/TV.

 

Ice Ice Cancelled

In a rather bland story, Vanilla Ice planned a concert in Austin called Independence Day Throwback Beach Party – even though it was taking place on Friday, July 3rd.  While venues were shuttered, the beach is connected to a restaurant and doubles as a general admission concert space with a reduced capacity of 2,500 (down from the usual 5K).  With all these loopholes, the show could go on…but not without criticism.  The Travis County Health Department issued the following warning: “The best way to be nostalgic is protecting your parents and grandparents and staying home.”  The event ended up being “postponed”.  The promoter said, “Due to the increase in Covid-19 numbers in Austin, we’re gonna move the concert to a better date.”  It should be noted that Ice played the same venue last year and sold 1,800 tickets.  For this show, a whopping 84 tickets were sold!

By the way, the people of Texas are getting real ornery about the pandemic.  Since most public places have been shut down in light of the spiking number of Covid cases, a group of bar owners (once again in Austin) organized a grassroots movement called Bar Lives Matter.  In addition to publicly protesting, they plan to sue the governor!  These folk feel they’re being singled out and vilified.  “No other businesses are being shut down.  It’s wrong and affecting the livelihood of hundreds of thousands across the state.”  Not so fast – turns out the governor also shut down numerous rafting and tubing establishments.  Back to the ol’ swimming hole.

 

Ptown vs. Fire Island

After months of being incredibly careful and staying away from virtually all humanity, I’ve thrown the whole wind into the caution and ventured back into the real world.  Well, Provincetown.  While this isn’t the Ptown of yore (or mine), it’s still lovely to get away.  But is it even Provincetown?  Certainly not a typical July 4th.  But the businesses are making the best of things.  Bars that were unable to open because they don’t serve food suddenly added sandwiches to their menu.  Regardless, all eateries must close by 11PM, at which point the streets basically roll up.  So, while it’s still lovely, don’t judge Ptown by this summer.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that Fire Island is as busy as ever.  One particular person joined in the 4th celebrations while knowing he had Covid.  I won’t name him or vilify him because, surely he wasn’t the only positive person there.  Many of these vacationers probably have the coronavirus – they just haven’t been tested.  But that doesn’t make them any less contagious.  I simply say what I said during the AIDS crisis – assume everyone is positive and act accordingly.  You can still enjoy your life and be somewhat social while also being safe.

 

Dutch Strippers Wood

This week, our Ask Billy question comes from Liam in London: “One of the papers here in England talked about a television show somewhere in Europe which featured male strippers from The Full Monty actually going all the way.  Is it true?  And if so, can you find the video?”

You’ve gotta love the Dutch – they gave us wooden shoes, and wood in our shorts.  That is, if you happened to be watching Beau van Erven Dorens’ late-night gabfest, Beau Live.  But, I must correct Liam – the strippers were not appearing in a musical.  They are The Sugar Boys, a strip troupe that performs throughout the low lands with some high entertainment.  They started their routine with “You Can Leave Your Hat On” and segued into “Pony”.  By the time it ended, the foursome had stripped to their “Beau”-emblazoned undies.  You would think that would be the end of it, but then three of the guys decided to go a bit further and doffed their drawers and showed off their cock-ring encased semis – at least they seemed like semis to me.  You can see all on BillyMasters.com.

Laugh with Billy Masters

What is my personal involvement in this story?  I’ll tell you about that on Billy Masters LIVE – which is appropriate for this week because all of my guests are musicians.  On Tuesday, we have David Pevsner and Tom Judson (occasionally known as porn megastar, Gus Mattox).  And on Thursday, we have Sam Harris and Billy Gilman.  Quite interesting pairings on so many levels, so you should definitely tune in – either by clicking on the TV link on BillyMasters.com/TV – or YouTube.com/c/BillyMastersTV.

While you’re online, you might wanna check out last week’s shows.  On Tuesday, we had David Drake on to talk about the online fundraiser for the Provincetown Theater.  Joining us were Charles Busch, who gave David his first big break, and Wesley Taylor, who appeared in the all-star version of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.  On Thursday’s show, we had Frank DeCaro for another discussion about his Drag volume.  This time, we were joined by a trio of amazing performers – Alaska Thunderfuck, Chad Michaels, and Kay Sedia.  I don’t like to play favorites, but I can’t remember a show where I’ve laughed as much.  It was not only educational, but also the most fun I’ve had in a very long time.  If you wanna laugh – and perhaps learn a thing or two – check it out.

Scenes Scrubbed on TV

Racial issues continue to be news everywhere – even in entertainment.  Tina Fey has asked syndicators to remove several episodes of 30 Rock because they contain instances of blackface.  Scrubs made a similar move.  Kristen Bell will no longer voice the biracial Molly on Central Park, and Jenny Slate will no longer voice Missy on Big Mouth.  I’m sure by the time this column is published, many more instances will join the list.  As usual, the gays were ahead of the curve on this one.  How long have members of the LGBT community wanted gay roles to be played by gay actors?  Which always begs the question – does that mean that only straight actors can play straight roles?  Weren’t we fighting for the freedom to play any role?  And wasn’t colorblind casting about making all roles available to all ethnicities?  It’s almost to the point that a male will have to drop his drawers before being cast as a Jew.  If someone gets to audition those folks, I have an extensive resume and an exhaustive list of recommendations.

By the by, The Dixie Chicks are no longer The Dixie Chicks.  They are now simply The Chicks.  At this rate, might I suggest stocking up on Dixie Cups…just in case.

 

Gay Flags Everywhere

At the beginning of June, Big Mama Masters showed me a story on the cover of the Boston Globe about the Unity Flag – which, for those of you who don’t know, is a more inclusive Pride flag.  It’s the traditional rainbow flag, but with a triangle on the left side in black, brown, light blue, pink and white, representing people of color as well as trans individuals.  Well, Big Mama thought this was “so pretty” and had such a great message, she wanted me to go online and order her a big one for the front of the house.  I admit, I rolled my eyes – I’m not a flag kinda guy (you should have seen my eyes when the people across the street put up a flagpole for their US flag, illuminated 24/7 by klieg lights).  Here’s the interesting part – today, I noticed that the people down the street (who I don’t believe have a gay person in their household) have installed the Unity Flag on their porch.

You know where you don’t expect to see any kind of Pride flag?  On a federal government building during the reign of El Presidente.  And yet, one overseas embassy had one in front.  Oh, did I mention it was the US Embassy in Moscow?  Yes, there was the traditional Pride flag, flying proudly within spitting distance of Vladimir Putin – and you know he spat when he saw it.  Not only did the US Ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, sanction the flag, he also posted a photo of it on the embassy’s official Instagram page, saying (in Russian), “Today, the US Embassy in Russia honors the LGBTI Pride Flag during the #PrideFlagDay celebration.”

Jenifer’s a Star

Last week, Jimmy Kimmel was named as both host and executive producer of the Emmy Awards – assuming there will be an Emmy Awards.  Days later, there was an outcry against him.  Why?  Because 20 years ago, he wore blackface to play basketball star Karl Malone on The Man Show.  Not only are people complaining about the character, but they are calling Kimmel on the carpet for being part of a show that was anti-woman.  It was also noted that another late-night Jimmy – Jimmy Fallon – wore blackface to play Chris Rock on Saturday Night Live.  Fallon immediately apologized.  “I am very sorry for making this unquestionable offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”  As for Kimmel, he’s taking the summer off and will employ guest hosts. 

What a roller coaster it was for Black-ish.  Last week, ABC announced that while the sitcom was being renewed, it would return as a midseason replacement in order to make room for a new sitcom – Call Your Mother starring Kyra Sedgwick.  It was a questionable choice in these days of intense racial scrutiny (to say nothing of it happening within 48 hours of Juneteenth).  It didn’t take long for ABC to change their tune.  Black-ish will return in the fall.  The network decided that “it was important to tell these meaningful stories during this moment in time.”

In a move that nobody found controversial, Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis (my Play Mama) will be the recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!  The honor, bestowed upon great entertainers by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (based on fan petitions) will take place sometime in 2021.  May I recommend July 15th?

Pride on Billy LIVE

Way back in 2013, an all-star cast assembled in NYC to celebrate the 20th anniversary of David Drake’s play, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.  The event served as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and starred Drake alongside such performers as Anthony Rapp, BD Wong, Robin de Jesús, André De Shields, and Rory O’Malley.  An archival video from that night will be live streamed to raise money for the Provincetown Theater – where Drake is artistic director.  Check out the company’s website of ProvincetownTheater.org on June 28th.

You can get a taste of David Drake when he joins us this week on Billy Masters LIVE.  The multi-hyphenate Drake, a dear friend of yours truly, will appear on Tuesday, June 23rd.  But he won’t be alone – no, there will be some surprise guests.  You’ll just have to tune in to find out who.  While we’re tooting our own horn, on Thursday, June 25th, Frank DeCaro will return to regale us with stories from his encyclopedic volume, Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business.  And he’ll be joined by two legendary performers – Alaska Thunderfuck and Chad Michaels.  Be sure to check out BillyMasters.com/TV, or Billy Masters TV on YouTube.

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We just wrapped up another interesting week on Billy Masters LIVE.  On Tuesday, we featured anchormen Thomas Roberts and Steve Kmetko to discuss the changing face of television.  It was fascinating when you consider the three of us span three decades in age, and yet our stories were all remarkably similar.  On Thursday, we had Eddie Shapiro discussing his Broadway book, Nothing Like a Dame, alongside Tony Award winner Levi Kreis.  We talked about where Broadway has been, where it’s going, and what to do with Levi (I dreamt up a few more suggestions the other night).  You can see it all on BillyMasters.com/TV – or YouTube.com/c/BillyMastersTV.

Product Spokespersons

I hope that nobody reads Billy Masters’ column for great insights on race relations.  Last week, my dear friend Jenifer Lewis took me to task in a loving, but firm way.  “Of course you need to be told these things because they’re not part of your background…but you shouldn’t need to be told these things.”  So, whether I should or shouldn’t know everything about racial inequality, I am making an effort.

I’ve been reading with great interest about this Aunt Jemima controversy.  I am old enough to remember seeing the pancake purveyor dressed with a kerchief in her hair.  I also remember 1989, when she got a makeover – the kerchief came off, she put on lipstick and pearl earrings, and kinda resembled Roxie Roker from The Jeffersons.  Once again, Jemima is getting a makeover – she’s being completely erased.  This made me wonder – if they replace a glamorous African-American woman with someone like Ann B. Davis or Shirley Booth, who does that help?  It surely doesn’t help the family of Anna Short Harrington – the lady who portrayed the venerable Aunt from 1935 to 1954.  Anna was the great-grandmother of Larnell Evans Sr., and he’s pissed off.  “This is an injustice for me and my family.  This is part of my history, sir” – one always takes note of someone who uses the word “sir”.  “This woman served all those people…and it was AFTER slavery.  She worked as Aunt Jemima.  That was her job.  How do you think I feel as a Black man sitting here telling you about my family history they’re trying to erase?” 

So I delved deeper and learned about some other famous faces used to purvey products.  Like Uncle Ben.  Didya know he was based on an African-American farmer in Texas who supplied above-average rice to the US military?  The man pictured on the package is Frank Brown, the maitre d’hôtel of an elite Chicago restaurant.  In 2007, the character of Ben was upgraded from a rice grower to the chairman of the board.  Then there’s Frank L. White.  He was born in Barbados and immigrated to the US in 1875.  He achieved such renown as a master chef, he was recruited to become the face of Rastus, the chef on the box of Cream of Wheat.  To me – admittedly a white male of dubious privilege – I see these as iconic symbols to be learned from.  But soon, they’ll all be erased.  Progress.

Comedy and Covid

Remember the coronavirus?  While I continue to wear a mask wherever I go, I see more and more people eschewing the confining accoutrement and simply throwing the wind into the caution.  I was under the impression that the first entertainment venues considering re-opening were cinemas (as if I’d risk life and limb to see the upcoming Russell Crowe release).  Then I read of DL Hughley collapsing onstage.  You may ask – where on God’s green earth is a comedy club open to a live audience?  In Nashville, Tennessee (they’ve apparently been open since May 28th).  Before I go on, may I say that I mean no disrespect to anyone – but pandemic or no pandemic, you could not pay me to leave my house to see DL Hughley.  During his SECOND show of the evening (he also did two shows the previous night), Hughley paused, leaned on his stool, and collapsed onto the floor.  The capacity audience at Zanies in Nashville was shocked.  That continued the following day when they learned that Hughley – who had only hours before been spewing verbal barbs in their general direction – had also been spewing corona-laden saliva!

Hughley’s set was part of the Juneteenth Social Awareness-Thon, which also featured Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson, and others performing from their respective locales.  It was sponsored by Master Growers CBD and was a fundraiser for their Clean Hands for All campaign to provide 1.5 million bottles of hand sanitizer to people in inner cities.  If Nashville wasn’t on that list before, it is now.

 

Cuomo’s Nude Stroll

Our Ask Billy question comes from James in San Francisco.  “I’ve been hearing about this nude video of Chris Cuomo.  Do you have it?  He’s SO freakin’ hawt.”

According to various sources, the newsman could be seen roaming around naked outside of his house during his wife’s yoga video.  But did it actually happen?  Hard to say.  Said wife does indeed film yoga videos, and they are often shot in front of a large window that looks onto their yard.  But the video in question was allegedly deleted.  However, a still said to have been taken from that installment shows the back of a naked man.  Could it be Chris?  Sure.  Could it be doctored?  Also sure.  I’ll post the photo on BillyMasters.com and you can decide for yourself.

When a tree fell in my neighborhood and nobody heard it (but this someone took a photo), it’s time for me to end yet another column. I must take a moment to remember Bonnie Pointer.  Heaven must have sent her to form The Pointer Sisters.  Eventually she went solo, because Bonnie always marched to the beat of her own drummer. I was fortunate to interview her alongside sisters Ruth and Anita a few months ago.  More recently, I did an extended, emotional interview with Anita Pointer on Billy Masters LIVE.  We’ll post those on YouTube.com/c/BillyMastersTV.  You can find all of our columns and our shows on www.BillyMasters.com – the site that is proud 24/7.  If you have a question, send it along to Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before we find a video of Chris Cuomo doing downward dog.  So, until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

LA Pride@50 with Billy

Last week, we celebrated 50 years of Pride on Billy Masters LIVE.  Since I co-hosted LA Pride for many years alongside drag legend Momma, it was fitting that she joined me as co-host of this special episode.  Along with various people who worked behind the scenes, Pauley Perrette dropped in to discuss helping out year after year, as did the fabulous Willam.  And our 2008 headliner, the legendary Olivia Newton-John, also showed up.  I was glad to commemorate 50 years of Pride – even virtually.  Another special episode was devoted to the late Joan Rivers.  That one included many people who knew and worked with her, including Jackie Beat, Charles Busch, Dan Glosser, and the greatest of all Joan Rivers impersonators, Frank Marino.  Check out BillyMasters.com/TV – or YouTube.com/c/BillyMastersTV.

This coming week, we celebrate even more history.  In 2015, Thomas Roberts became the first openly gay person to anchor a network evening newscast.  He’s had a fascinating career, so we’re thrilled to have him join Steve Kmetko in a discussion of how the landscape of television has changed over the years.  We will also welcome Levi Kreis, who performed at LA Pride in 2007 and won the Tony Award for Million Dollar Quartet in 2010.  Be sure to tune into Billy Masters LIVE – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3PM Eastern, Noon Pacific on YouTube.

Adam Rippon for Okra

The subject of trans people, minorities, and sports came together when Olympic skater Adam Rippon announced that he had donated to The Okra Project, a charity benefiting black transgender people.  After news of his donation went public, another Olympian had something to say.  In a now-deleted Instagram photo (which we have on our website), Russian skater Alexei Yagudin wrote, “Fuck, Adam.  When will you die?  Earth’s mistake.”  Rippon, no stranger to criticism or hatred, responded, “Because of that I feel INSPIRED to donate another $1000 to the @TheOkraProject but this time, in his name.”  Perhaps the donation should have been made in rubles.

Black Lives Matter to Mitt

Then there’s Mitt Romney.  Being a native Bostonian, I have a long history with Mr. Romney.  While I have not agreed with him on many issues, he strikes me as someone who does what he believes is right – even if it may not be what’s right for him.  And he certainly doesn’t pander.  In the recent past, Romney has done more good than most politicians – starting with breaking party lines to impeach El Presidente.  And last week, he marched with Black Lives Matter.  Sure, there’s no way to know if he’s being sincere, but at least he’s doing the right thing.  So just for that, I say bravo, Mitt.  If Joe Biden really wants to make a statement about unity, why not reach across the aisle and ask Romney to be his VP?  Yes, I know he promised to choose a woman.  If Mitt really wants to heal our nation, he could get a teensy little procedure.

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