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Friday, April 28, 2017

Yep, Ellen and The Groovy List are still gay

The Groovy List is a weekly Top 10 of recommended videos featuring pop culture and gorgeous guys:

1) Groovy Gal: Martha Lavey
I first appreciated the acting talent of Ms. Lavey, who died Tuesday at age 60, in a 1987 Remains Theatre production of Keith Reddin's play, Big Time. In 2011, I saw her on stage in Will Eno's play, Middletown, at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, and she delivered once again a memorable performance. Lavey first appeared with Steppenwolf in John Malkovich’s 1981 production of Savages, and she received Jeff Award nominations for her performances in two Steppenwolf shows - Aunt Dan and Lemon (1987) and Lost Land (2005). Lavey joined Steppenwolf's ensemble in 1993, and in 1995, she became the theater company's Artistic Director, a position she held until 2015. Below you can watch her and Steppenwolf ensemble actresses Joan Allen and Lois Smith on a 2004 episode of Women in Theatre, and I've also included her acceptance speech for the 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for the Steppenwolf production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

2) Groovy TV Flashback: Ellen Comes Out
Ellen DeGeneres celebrates the 20th anniversary of her ABC sitcom's groundbreaking "coming out" episode, which aired on April 30, 1997 (she herself came out in TIME magazine on April 14, 1997). She is joined on her talk show by episode guest stars Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern as well as her former co-stars Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and David Anthony Higgins. I've also included the two-part Ellen episode for your viewing enjoyment.

3) Groovy Gal: Allison Janney
The Emmy Award-winning actress, who is currently starring in the Broadway revival of Six Degrees of Separation, is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

4) Groovy Trio: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore and Nestor Carbonell of Bates Motel
They are interviewed in a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Q&A moderated by Leonard Maltin.

5) Groovy Gal: Kate Burton
The Emmy Award-nominated actress (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal), who's currently appearing in the Broadway revival of Present Laughter, is featured on The Broadway Channel's Role Call.

6) Groovy Guy: Andy Karl
The actor, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical, Groundhog Day, is interviewed on The Broadway Channel's Side by Side by Susan Blackwell.

7) Groovy Guy: Finn Wittrock
The actor (American Horror Story), who is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie, is interviewed on The Broadway Channel's Show People with Paul Wontorek.

8) Groovy Guy: Randy Rainbow
He performs his latest song parody, "Just My Bill (O'Reilly)"

9) Groovy Comedy Sketch: Exclusive Alien Trailer with Sigourney Weaver
The actress appears in a sketch as her Alien character Ellen Ripley on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

10) Groovy Music: Blondie's "Long Time"
Here is the official video of the band's new single from their 11th studio album, Pollinator, which will be released on May 5 (click here to pre-order it).

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