NOW THAT'S FUNNY
Well, it was only a matter of time before the wildly successful, and just plain wild, "Jersey Shore", began to spawn its offspring. This weekend, in South Jersey, the first auditions for a gay reality show were held.
The show, currently called "Under the Boardwalk", held an open call at the In and Out Club in Hammonton. Dozens hopefuls showed up on Saturday night, ready to "be themselves" for a videotaped audition.
"We're not looking for the next Snooki," says Kim Friedman, one of the producers. She asserts we're "not trying to be a gay clone of 'Jersey Shore.'"
Oh, please! Everybody's looking for the next Snooki:
If Charlie Sheen doesn't get out of rehab soon, CBS will recast the show and call it "Two and a Half Snookis".
Rupert Murdoch was going to call his new iPad publication "The Snooki", but he backed down and decided on "The Daily" instead.
The Jets, as the retool for next year, are thinking of firing Mark Sanchez and replacing him with some type of Snooki. I'm about 10 minutes away from getting a pouf myself.
Ms. Friedman, a 1966 graduate of Atlantic City High School with a long list of TV-directing credits, is working with her daughter, Princeton grad and first time producer, Kate Friedman-Siegal. They will be holding more auditions in New York, Philadelphia and Atlantic City itself. They plan to find 10 compelling personalities, all from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender community, put them in a beach house together, and let the cameras roll.
Yes, it sounds exactly like "Jersey Shore", but whaddyagonnado? It's a successful formula; it's going to be copied. The LGBT version is just the beginning. I can envision many other demographic groups that would be entertaining to watch in a Shore setting: divorced people over 50, gym teachers from Sweden, Eskimos who've never tanned, Mennonites questioning their upbringings, antique dealers from the British Channel islands. The list is endless, really, because all you need is some eccentrics with limited morals, a club with throbbing music and Jello shots.
Ms. Friedman said by e-mail to a reporter, "We want everyone from the LGBT community to be represented: drag queens, lesbians, gays, transgenders, bisexuals, transvestites, and yes, even gay guidos and guidettes."
I can see it now: GayWoww.
Pam Lobley writes the "Now That's Funny" column. Sign up for her mailing list at pamlobley.com.