Sorry, Sean Hayes. Ha ha, Isaiah Washington. This morning, two new television characters have been crowned as the best sitcom gays in TV history.
And whether they’re gay or not, actors Brian Posehn and Steve Agee greet the new day as gay heroes after their debut last night on The Sarah Silverman Program. The pair play Sarah’s gay neighbors Brian and Steve– or as the star described them in the show: “Gigantic, orange, and gay.”
The premiere of Sarah’s Comedy Central show was off-the-wall, infantile, gross and scary-funny– but it hit a nerve. Taste-making, middlebrow gay establishment magazine and website The Advocate describes the gigantic, orange, gay pair as “everything the gay characters on Queer as Folk and Will & Grace were too afraid and unimaginative and busy chasing their own boring tails to be: fat, bearded, nerdy, bickering, dude speaking, glasses wearing, karate chopping, video game playing, covertly masturbating, metal T-shirt-wearing malcontents….
“They’re sidekicks, but they are so unlike anything else ever seen on a half-hour sitcom that they could have their own show, standing alone on their own weird merits. Best of all, they aren’t reactions to anything: They aren’t self-consciously butching it up or created to combat all the “Just Jacks” of TV history; they just are what they are… basically they’re better than any other sitcom gays ever….
“In other words, these are homosexuals I understand: My circle of friends finally represented fictionally on television. And I feel validated by a sitcom for the first time.”
Writer Dave White also names his list of The Best Homosexuals on TV:1. Wayland Flowers and Madame
2. Rip Taylor
3. Everyone on Bewitched, except Elizabeth Montgomery and probably the kid who played Tabitha
4. Charles Nelson Reilly
5. Sandra Bernhard on Roseanne
6. Mr. Snuffalupagus and Big Bird
7. Brian Posehn and Steve Agee
Did he leave anyone out?
By the way, the Silverman show also featured a gay Loch Ness monster.