WhatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬ÂwhatÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âwhat are you doing if you have yet to see the viral antics of Brian Gallivan, also known as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”Sassy Gay Friend?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â The Second City Network's hit web series combines clever embedded advertising with hilarious rants as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”SassyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â rescues befuddled maidens from famous literature.
The series Gallivan created and produced along with The Second City transports the scarf-flipping interventionist through time to change the outcome of literary classics by asking the question, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”What would happen if tragic female characters in literature had a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Sassy Gay Friend' to bolster their confidence, admonish their boy-craziness, and prevent them from making life-ending errors?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Eve, Juliet, Ophelia and even Great Expectations' Ms. Havisham are among the weary women Sassy has come across.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”Take off the dress, take a bath, take advantage of online dating and P.S. it's not vintage if you've been wearing it since it wasn't,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â Sassy tells Ms. Havisham in one episode.
Watermark spoke with the 42-year-old
Watermark: Where did the character ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”The Sassy Gay FriendÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â come from?
Brian Gallivan: I created the character back in 2004 for a show I was doing as part of the main stage cast at The Second City in
Does ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”The Sassy Gay FriendÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â have a real name?
No. By default, it has become ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”Sassy.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â
In a previous interview, you mentioned you wanted to have Shelley Long be a victim in one of your videos for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”Sassy Gay Friend.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â Have you had any luck with that?
First of all, she would be a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”friendÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â of Sassy, not a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”victim.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â I resent your choice of words, you stupid bitch. No luck yet, though. I want it to happen organically.
How much of you is in the character of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”The Sassy Gay Friend?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â What makes you two similar or different?
I am not nearly as sassy as he is. I did an ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”It Gets BetterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â video as myself that lets people know how different/similar we are.
Are you a sassy gay friend?
I am. I definitely tell my friends when I think they are making poor love life choices. But I think I do that because I rarely have a love life of my own.
What advice would you offer women and gay men?
I would tell all people to try to make their lives as enjoyable as possible and forgive themselves when they can't.
What advice would Sassy offer?
Write a sad poem in your journal and move on.
What advice would Sassy offer say, Lindsey Lohan?
He would tell her to agree to be in a Sassy Gay Friend video.
Sassy has taken it to the streets and conducted improv interviews. Is he planning on visiting anymore distraught damsels?
I did ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”take it to the streetsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â talking to people about their lives and about MiO. I really enjoyed that. I love improvising. I just released another MiO video where I helped my friend Henry VIII make smarter choices, like not beheading my other friend Anne Boleyn. We have a couple more coming out this summer. I might save damsels. I might save dudes. Yeah, I said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”dudes.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Speaking of MiO, the new sponsor of your videos; do you really like MiO? What does it do for you?
MiO is really good and working with them has allowed me to make a bunch of new videos, which is also really good. It's a great fit because Sassy tells people to take control of their lives, and MiO helps people take control of their beverage.
What's next for ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…”The Sassy Gay Friend?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Definitely some more videos with MiO, but I'm really not sure after that. I don't have a master plan for Sassy. He probably wouldn't follow it, even if I did.
Have there been any memorable/interesting encounters with fans?
The strangest was probably when I was vacationing in
Can you tell me more about your role in the upcoming film A Thousand Words?
I have a very, very, very tiny role where I react to Eddie Murphy acting crazy at a business lunch. Getting to do a scene with Eddie Murphy was very exciting. Allison Janney was in the scene too and she couldn't have been nicer. I am a huge fan of her work on The West Wing and in Juno and I was really worried she would not live up to my ridiculous expectations. But she was so nice and fun.
If you weren't an actor/comedian, what you want to do?
I used to be a middle school teacher. I am positive I would not go back to that. It's a very challenging job. I think I would try to be a singer/songwriter. I want to be the next Katy Perry.