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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Groovy List is ready to join Colton Haynes in American Horror Story: Cult

The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture:

1) Groovy Guy: Jay Thomas
The actor, who died Thursday at age 69, won two Emmy Awards in 1990 and 1991 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold on CBS's Murphy Brown. Other television sitcom credits include ABC's Mork & Mindy (1979-81) as Remo DaVinci, NBC's Cheers (1987-89) as Carla's second husband Eddie LeBec, ABC's Married People (1990-91), CBS's Love & War (1992-95) and WB's Katie Joplin (1999). His film credits include Straight Talk (1992), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), Dirty Laundry (1996), A Smile Like Yours (1997), The Santa Clause 2 (2002) and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). Thomas was also a radio DJ in New York and Los Angeles and, in 2005, he began hosting his own radio talk show, The Jay Thomas Show, on SiriusXM. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989. Below you can watch Jay Thomas on Mork & Mindy, on NYC's The Morning Show in 1983 (with hosts Regis Philbin and Cyndy Garvey), on Love & War (with Annie Potts), and on The Late Show with David Letterman on December 23, 2005, for the annual tradition of Thomas's Lone Ranger story and the Holiday Quarterback Challenge.

2) Groovy Guy: Dick Gregory
The comedian and civil rights activist, who died August 19 at age 84, became the first black comedian to successfully cross over to white audiences after Hugh Hefner hired him to perform at his Chicago Playboy Club in 1961. He made his first television appearance on The Jack Paar Tonight Show on March 6, 1961, and he acted in such films as Sweet Love, Bitter (1967), Panther (1995), Children of the Struggle (1999), The Hot Chick (2002) and The Leisure Seeker (2018). Gregory also unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Chicago in 1967 and for President of the United States in 1968 (as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party). And in 2015, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Below you can watch him in his only appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on March 1, 1984.

3) Groovy Gal: JD Disalvatore
The LGBT film producer and gay rights activist, who died Thursday at age 51, was a longtime Facebook friend of mine. She produced such films as Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (2006), Shelter (2007) - for which she won a 2009 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film in Limited Release - A Marine Story (2010), Elena Undone (2010) and Perry & Emile (2012). Below you can watch a 2009 video about JD that was produced by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center when she received a LACE Award for her community service.

4) Groovy Guy: Randy Rainbow
He performs his latest song parody, "Yes! We Have No Steve Bannon!"

5) Groovy Trailer: American Horror Story: Cult
Here is the official trailer for Season 7 of the FX series, which premieres on September 5. The cast includes Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Emma Roberts, Chaz Bono, Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman and Lena Dunham.

6) Groovy Web Series: The Horizon
The eighth season of the Australian gay soap opera continues as Wilma's barriers come down with Joe, Stevie feels guilty over breaking up Saxon and Matt, and Jake and Micky’s first meeting about fathering Frankie's baby takes an unexpected turn. To catch up on the series, go to You can also follow The Horizon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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