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FOF #2831 – Mari DeOleo on Mardi Gras, Mangoes and Christian Clowns

Iko iko! It’s Mardi-Gras so catch some beads, gobble up some King Cake and get a load of Mango – Mango Braggadochio who describes herself as a party exploding in the produce aisle of a bodega that’s next to a sex shop.

Mango is the creation of comedian Mari DeOleo, who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in rural Pennsylvania where she partied with Amish kids, until got into Christian clowning which lead her to the wild side. Today Mari DeOleo joins us to talk about her life as an artist and some unusual Mardi Gras celebrations throughout the world.

Posted in: Artists, Interviews, Podcast 3 days ago 0

FOF #2830 – The Boys in the Band Spills All The Hot Tea

Screen writer Mart Crowley responded to the lack of gay representation in mainstream media by writing “The Boys in the Band” a dark comedy featuring mostly gay actors in ay roles brutally laying it all on the line, from their self loathing and racism to their love and resilience.

Today, Windy City Playhouse’s The Boys in the Band director Carl Menninger joins us take a look at the play and the film, and its influence on popular culture and queer liberation.

Posted in: Artists, Interviews, Podcast 4 days ago 0

FOF #2832 – Diary of a Gal Pal to the Gays

For gay men, our best friends are often the wonderful women who stood by us in our youth when we felt all alone in the world. This emotional bond can feel like an intensely passionate love affair but in reality you’re really just friends without benefits.

Today comedians Lindsey Shaw and Matt Brown join us to take a look at gay men and their intense romantic friendships with women, from legendary stars like Judy Garland and Liza Minelli’ to Lindsay’s own deep relationship with a man who later came out as gay.

Posted in: Artists/Designers, Interviews, Podcast 2 days ago 0