and at the height of her career. I didn’t love her on American Idol but I
have been a fan of her comedic talent through the years. I interviewed
her through a conference call with a bunch of reporters. It was very
quick and I was the second one to beep in. She seemed nice enough and I
was only allowed one question. It had to be about variety show. I write
for a LGBT newspaper so I wanted to ask her if the show has something
for her gay and lesbian following. She said that her shows are inclusive
for everyone. After the interview I have heard and noticed how
sensitive she is about gay issues because of her following in the
I attended the show called Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special filmed
for TBS at the Chicago Theatre downtown. I had incredible seats by the
front and the Chicago Blackhawks were in the row in front of me. Nick
Cannon played tunes for the crowd and all different acts from a magician
to trampoline jumpers performed. Ellen told some jokes and Lady
Antebellum played at the end. The lead singer had tried out for American
Idol twice and never made it.
After the taping was over I headed to watch a Mexican wrestling team
at the Park West. What a full night! Read my Ellen interview here!
of the new Katy Perry album Teenage Dream. “California Gurls” has been
overplayed so I was ready for something new. After drinks and
appetizers, Katy took the mic at the little stage in the intimate room.
She played through several songs then described them. I was pleased to
notice that the singer did not take herself too seriously. She made
jokes such as “Where can you go after being number one?” and “This is a
song for college girls on spring break!”
I spoke to her after the sneak peek. I said that I loved her sense of
humor, she called it “dry.” I told her I would be interviewing her
closer to the album release time and we chatted about Gay Pride.
She likes candy so Skittles were everywhere and she even had a
Skittles cake! “Taste the Rainbow”, Katy!!!
theme song from the Facts of Life for prizes and interviewed the
producer, it was time to hit the Great White Way! 42nd Street was wild
as ever and bustling with activity. I went to pick up the tickets to
Promises, Promises. The sarcastic box office attendant mentioned that
Kristin Chenoweth was out for the night and since the tickets were
comped, “did I want my money back?” I stated, “No, Smarty.” but I was
disappointed. We had traveled a long way to see her and Sean Hayes
perform in the show. I was impressed with Sean’s performance. The
reviews had been hard on him for being too gay but it didn’t bother me.
He was very good at slapstick in a Jack Tripper sort of way. His bit
with a slippery chair was classic. The stand in for Kristin did an ample
job but I wanted to see the girl I had interviewed here.
After the show, I met Sean and told him about our trip all the way from
his hometown. The night turned around with “just Jack” meeting “just