The Gayest Show Ever
Launches a 6-part series, Premiering on OUT TV
Friday October 7, 2011, 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
Airing Every Friday night with Repeats on Sundays at 10:30pm ET | 7:30pm PT
Hosted by Elvira Kurt
Comedy Sketches Written by Paul Bellini
Created & Executive Produced by David Walberg
Produced and Directed by Frank Prendergast
The Gayest Show Ever, named Best Pilot at the 2010 Banff World Television Awards.
(Toronto) What's outside the mainstream today, defines it tomorrow. The Gayest Show Ever is your entrée into the new global gay reality, a provocative half-hour for outside sensibilities hungry to know what's "in".
The publishers of popular gay magazines Xtra and Fab take their journalistic expertise and enter the world of TV with The Gayest Show Ever. Shot in HD, the show takes a smart, salacious and hilarious bite out of global gay culture. Aimed at straights and gays alike, the six half-hour variety show is hosted by socially-conscious comic Elvira Kurt, and features field interviews by guest reporters, and a documentary sensibility spiced with pure cheek. A melange of political controversies, unique personalities and bizarre community rituals, The Gayest Show Ever is 360 degrees of gay life.
Each episode features interviews with fiery, influential people, including filmmakers John Waters and Bruce LaBruce, singer Cyndi Lauper; and comedian Margaret Cho, to name a few. The Gayest Show Ever also scouts groundbreaking art from the high street to the gutter - from the films of Cannes wunderkind Xavier Dolan, to the hidden homoeroticism in classical European painting, to deep eccentric subcultures - including a rag-tag band of punk drag queen "grotesques", a naked yoga class, and a gay anarchist enclave.
Comedy sketches will be interspersed with the doc segments: People In the Gayborhood pokes fun at the characters who make up a community; an asexual couple may not be as chaste as they would like to appear; a PFLAG mother may be more interested in receiving accolades than in social justice; a pair of trashy drag queens spoof reality TV shows.
"There's been a big trend to show how gay people are the same as straight people. But the truth is that in many ways we are very different, not just from straight people, but from each other," states Creator/Executive Producer David Walberg. "There are so many subcultures and lifestyles that are unfamiliar and just plain strange. And strange is fascinating, and that's where I believe the show will have its appeal to more of the mainstream. Our hope is that people watching the show will experience a side of humanity that they've never seen before, maybe that they never thought possible."
Host - Elvira Kurt is an acclaimed stand-up comic, writer and producer. She has written for Ellen DeGeneres and the comedy series Little Mosque on the Prairie and has appeared on The Tonight Show and Degrassi Junior High. Her comedy specials have aired on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, E! and Bravo and she has hosted shows on MTVâ€™s Logo and Canadaâ€™s main networks CBC and CTV.
Sketch Comedy Writer - Paul Bellini is a veteran comedy writer, producer and magazine columnist. He was nominated for Emmys as a writer and producer on the comedy series The Kids in the Hall and an International Emmy as a producer on the same series. He has also won two Gemini Awards as a writer and producer on the top-rated Canadian comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Creator | Executive Producer - David Walberg is a successful publisher and producer of gay media including two decades with Xtra and Fab, part of widely successful Pink Triangle Press, one of the world's largest gay media enterprises. The Gayest Show Ever features the same craftsmanship as the Press's influential print and web titles: journalistic integrity, engaging storytelling, innovative packaging and a creative approach to audience development.
Producer - Frank Prendergast has worked for over 14 years as a producer at Canada's CTV, CityTV, CHUM Television and Bravo! His work in factual entertainment has been syndicated throughout the world and includes documentaries, special presentations and production on a variety of magazine programs such as BookTelevison and QueerTelevision.