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Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Groovy List worships Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin



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

1) Groovy Guy: Bob Smith
Smith, who died earlier today at age 59 from ALS, was the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the first openly gay comedian to have his own HBO Comedy Half-Hour special (on July 14, 1994). In 1988, he formed the comedy troupe, Funny Gay Males, with Danny McWilliams and Jaffe Cohen, and they were the first openly gay comedians to appear on national television as guests on The Joan Rivers Show.

Smith was also the author of three books of biographical essays - Openly Bob (1997), which received a Lambda Literary Award for best humor book, Way to Go, Smith! (1999) and Treehab: Tales from My Natural Wild Life (2016) - as well as two novels - Selfish and Perverse (2007) and Remembrance of Things I Forgot (2011). And he was a staff writer for Fox's MADtv.

Smith is survived by his partner, Michael Zam (the co-creator of FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan). Below you can watch Smith in the 1998 documentary, We're Funny That Way (which was filmed at the inaugural We're Funny That Way! comedy festival in 1997), and in a 1999 appearance on CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.




2) Groovy Guy: Bradford Dillman
The actor, who died Tuesday at age 87, won a 1959 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer for his performance in the 1958 film, In Love and War. He also received a Daytime Emmy Award for for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Special for a 1974 episode of The ABC Afternoon Playbreak. And he earned a 1957 Theatre World Award for his Broadway debut in Long Day's Journey into Night. Dillman also played Jane Fonda's husband in the 1962 Broadway comedy, The Fun Couple.

Other film credits include A Certain Smile (1958), Compulsion (1959), Crack in the Mirror (1960), Circle of Deception (1960), Sanctuary (1961), Francis of Assisi (1961), A Rage to Live (1965), Sergeant Ryker (1968), The Bridge at Remagen (1969), Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came (1970), Brother John (1971), The Mephisto Waltz (1971), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), The Way We Were (1973), The Iceman Cometh (1973), Gold (1974), Bug (1975), The Enforcer (1976), The Swarm (1978), Piranha (1978), Sudden Impact (1983) and Lords of the Deep (1989).

Dillman starred in two television series - the 1966 ABC drama, Court Martial, and the 1982 ABC prime time soap opera, King's Crossing. He also had a recurring role on CBS's Falcon Crest during its second season (1982-83).

Below you can watch Bradford Dillman in Court Martial (1966) and in a 1997 interview.




3) Groovy Gals: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
The actresses promote the 4th season of their Netflix series, Grace and Frankie, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (and Riverdale's Cole Sprouse), Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and AOL's BUILD Series (Photo credit: Jeff Lipsky for EW).








4) Groovy TV Series: Will & Grace
Watch a hilarious scene from this week's episode of Will & Grace featuring Sean Hayes and guest star Ryan Pinkston.

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