Paul Rudd portrays ‘boring gay man’ Pete Buttigieg on ‘SNL’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Paul Rudd parodied 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live.”

The skit had Buttigieg (Rudd) appear as a guest on “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg (Leslie Jones), Megan McCain (Aidy Byrant), Joy Behar (Kate McKinnon), Abby Huntsman (Cecily Strong) and Ana Navarro (Melissa Villasenor) welcome Buttigieg who they immediately don’t take seriously.

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Kate McKinnon cast as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu miniseries ‘The Dropout’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kate McKinnon has been cast as Elizabeth Holmes, the disgraced CEO of the now-defunct company Theranos, in Hulu’s limited series “The Dropout,” according to Deadline.

The series, which will have six-10 episodes, will be based on the ABC Radio and ABC News podcast of the same title. It chronicles the rise and fall of Holmes who dropped out of Stanford to found Theranos, a blood testing company that alleged it had the technology to conduct multiple tests with a finger pick. Theranos received millions of dollars in funding from investors and was at one time estimated to be worth $9 billion.

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‘SNL’ mocks Jussie Smollett case with Sandra Oh

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Saturday Night Live” mocked the Jussie Smollett case in a skit starring host and ‘Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh as Smollett’s manager.

The skit titled “Network Meeting” starts off with Oh trying to keep Smollett’s (Chris Redd) job on “Empire” in a meeting with show runner Lee Daniels (Kenan Thompson) and Fox executives (Mikey Day, Kate McKinnon and Ego Nwodim).

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Watch: Jussie Smollett needs legal advice in ‘SNL’ ‘Shark Tank’ parody

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Saturday Night Live” parodied Jussie Smollett’s legal troubles in a “Shark Tank” sketch.

In “Shark Tank: Legal Edition,” the business sharks are replaced with famous lawyers Michael Avenatti (Pete Davidson), Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong), Alan Dershowitz (John Mulaney) and Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon).

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Don Cheadle shows support for transgender children during ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Oscar-nominated actor (and Marvel Avenger) Don Cheadle made a strong political statement without uttering a word during his hosting gig on “Saturday Night Live” Feb. 16.

While introducing the show’s musical act, Cheadle wore a black t-shirt with the words “PROTECT TRANS KIDS” emblazoned on the front.

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Queens of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ are all about the GP Yass! in ‘SNL’ skit

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” queens Peppermint and Jiggly Caliente made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” Nov. 17 in a filmed skit advertising the new “GP Yass!” navigation system.

The video starts out with “SNL” cast member Heidi Gardner and guest host Steve Carell getting their trip mapped out on their vehicle’s ordinary GPS. After Carell comments on the GPS’s monotone voice,  Gardner offers to switch modes to the Drag Entertainer setting.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ ‘Versace’ win big for LGBT TV at Emmys

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in television on Monday night including a few wins for LGBT TV.

The biggest night in television kicked off with an opening dance number led by “Saturday Night Live” cast members Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson. The bit jokingly celebrated Hollywood finally finding a solution to its diversity problem. McKinnon and Thompson were later joined on stage by other TV stars such as “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess and RuPaul.

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Sia refused to take a photo with Donald Trump for her ‘queer and Mexican’ fans

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sia revealed she turned down a photo request from Donald Trump because of her “queer and Mexican fans.”

Speaking to Rolling Stone, the Australian singer recounted the time she was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” in November 2015. She says Trump, who was just a presidential candidate at the time, and his daughter Ivanka approached her with a camera and asked for a photo. She decided to decline because of her fanbase.

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RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy among 2018 Emmy nominations

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ABOVE: RuPaul and Jane Lynch at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Emmys.com.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 12.

After 18 years of leading the pack with the most nominations, HBO —which received 108 — was unseated by Netflix with its 112 nominations. Among those 112 nominations include one for the “Queer Eye” reboot for Best Structured Reality Program, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Out comedian Kevin Allison brings award-winning podcast to Tampa and Orlando

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Comedian Kevin Allison knows a thing or two about coming out. As one part of the hive-mind behind MTV’s cult classic sketch series “The State,” Allison publicly came out in the mid-’90s. He says it was an easy decision because he knew he was gay with his first conscious thoughts.

Since then, he’s dedicated his life to helping others come out, not just as a member of the LGBTQ community, but about anything—utilizing his award-winning live show and podcast “RISK.” With over two million monthly downloads, it highlights real people (and the occasional celebrity) as they share real stories in public that they never thought they’d dare to discuss.

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John Mulaney serves up shade as a drag queen waitress on ‘SNL’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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John Mulaney turned a lighthearted drag brunch into a dark experience for one diner in a sketch for “Saturday Night Live.”

Mulaney portrayed Tawny Pockets, a drag queen brunch waitress who slings out shady one-liners to delighted customers. While Tawny makes fun of other diners for their fake Chanel bags and poorly applied smokey eye, she takes special pleasure insulting diner Gary.

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Kellyanne Conway tempts Anderson Cooper in ‘It’ ‘SNL’ spoof

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kellyanne Conway tries to tempt Anderson Cooper to let her on his show in a parody of Stephen King’s thriller “It” on “Saturday Night Live.”

Cooper (Alex Moffat) encounters Conway (Kate McKinnon)in a sewer Pennywise-style, where she tries to entice Cooper with wacky quotes to get her on the show.

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