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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Groovy List featuring Matthew Wilkas and other Successful People

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

1) Groovy Guy: Mark LaMura
The actor, who died September 11, at age 68, was best known for his role as Mark Dalton, Erica Kane's half-brother on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children. He played Mark from 1976-89 (with special guest appearances in 1994, 1995, 2004 and 2005), and he received a 1988 Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Below you can watch him in 1986 and 2004 on All My Children.

2) Groovy Guy: Michael Friedman
The composer and lyricist, who died September 9 at age 41, was best known for his score for the rock musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which opened on Broadway in October 2010 and ran for 94 performances. His other musicals include Saved, In the Bubble, The Brand New Kid, Here's Hoover!, Unknown Soldier, The Fortress of Solitude, Love's Labour's Lost and Pretty Filthy. He also wrote original music for the 2015 Broadway production of the play, Misery. In addition to his writing, Friedman was the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center and a co-founder of The Civilians theater company. Below you can watch him discuss Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on's Behind the Music and on a 2010 episode of Theater Talk with book writer/director Alex Timbers.

3) Groovy Gals: Candice Bergen and Reese Witherspoon
The actresses, who play mother and daughter in the new romantic comedy, Home Again, are guests on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

4) Groovy Guy: Herb Alpert
The 82-year-old Grammy Award-winning jazz musician, who is currently appearing at NYC's Cafe Carlyle, chats with Jimmy Fallon while he sits in with The Roots on The Tonight Show.

5) Groovy Guy: Matthew Wilkas
The actor (Gayby) performs with The Skivvies (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) at Sunday Undie Boozy Brunch at NYC's The Green Room 42 on September 10.

6) Groovy Web Series: Successful People
Today I watched all eight episodes of Season 2 of Artie O'Daly and Theresa Ryan's comedy series - and I can confirm that it is even more hilarious than its first season. When last we saw the show's unsuccessful songwriting duo of Chet and Laura, they had finally scored a songwriting deal - and as Season 2 opens, Laura gives birth to a son (with guest star Alec Mapa as her nurse). But she and Chet continue to be focused on their careers as they gain an outrageous agent named Kimberly who promotes them as pop stars "Bag Lady & Chet Fierce". The filming of their music video of "Hag" (featuring the amusing lyric, "You make me wish I was a gay man") is a highlight of the season. This gay man thoroughly enjoyed Season 2 - especially Lisa Linke, who seems to be channeling actress Jennifer Coolidge in her scene-stealing comic performance as Kimberly. But Mr. O'Daly and Ms. Ryan are the heart and soul of this series, and once again they prove themselves to be great comedic actors who not only make us laugh but also make us care about their self-absorbed characters.

You can watch Season 2 of Successful People on September 17 on Amazon Video - and to catch up on the first season, go to You can also follow the series on Facebook and Instagram.

7) Groovy Web Series: Where the Bears Are
The sixth season of this award-winning gay comedy mystery web series continues as George clashes with the director of Sporting Wood's first porn film, Detectives Winters and Martinez target a country-singing kleptomaniac in order to retrieve a stolen guitar, and Nelson accidentally shoots his co-star while filming a scene for their TV show. To catch up on the series, go to You can also follow the Bears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

8) Groovy Web Series: The Horizon
The Australian gay soap opera ends its eighth season as life-changing decisions are made regarding love, health and family. Click here to catch up on the series. You can also follow The Horizon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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