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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gayme Show is a game show where two gay hosts lead two straight contestants and their LGBTQ celebrity partners through a series of challenges. The challenges are designed to figure out which of the straight contestants is wise enough about gay culture to be named "queen of the straights" by episode's end. Most of this show's questionable material arrives in the form of jokes about sex (like a moment when a celebrity judge says that a contestant's dance number gave him an erection), or drugs (like when a caption tells us a celebrity judge is "most likely to have poppers at the party"). Contestants, celebrities, and hosts send positive messages of inclusivity and open-mindedness by celebrating their sexual and gender identity and accepting others for theirs. It is notable that this show mostly focuses on men (hosts, contestants, and celebrity participants are usually male) and male gay culture; jokes about lesbians and female participants are rare. Language is infrequent, but expect to hear "s--t," words like "sucks," and in each episode, one contestant is dubbed "gay as f--k."
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What's the Story?
Hosted by Las Culturistas podcast co-host Matt Rogers and stand-up comedian Dave Mizzoni, each episode of GAYME SHOW pairs two straight contestants with a celebrity "life partner" in a three-challenge battle for the title of "queen of the straights." With participants like Nicole Byer, Ilana Glazer, and Moshe Kasher, GAYME SHOW is a standard game show with a heaping helping of LGBTQ culture.
Is It Any Good?
Arch, ironic, and jam-packed with knowing jokes steeped in gay culture, this game show is lots of fun for those with a fondness for everything LGBTQ. Some of the best gags are to be found in the witty captions that accompany the introduction of hosts and guests: The first time we meet host Matt Rogers, the caption tells us "Dumped by Dave in 2012," while Dave Mizzoni's chyron reads "Doesn't remember dating Matt!" Scandal! After we make the acquaintance of the hosts, we then meet the celebrity life lines ("life partners" in the Gayme Show parlance): one male "wise queer" and one "woman who gets it," followed by two male contestants gamely willing to undergo a series of ridiculous challenges in the hopes of being named "gay as f--k" and honorary "queen of the straights."
Said ridiculous challenges vary with each episode, though they always start with a series of three photos that display the "essence of a celebrity." After that, contestants get a wild card challenge (on one episode, a dance performance is titled "Notice me, father"; in another, contestants perform an "archaeological dig" for "ancient gay culture," like a brick from the Stonewall Bar) before the final round, "Make an entrance," during which contestants must come out with a short performance in any persona of their choosing, from a Cabaret-style jazz baby to an ebullient Santa. If this all sounds like a bunch of crazy nonsense, it is -- but it's also gloriously goofy fun. Everyone wins with this joyful, silly look at gay culture.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the premise of Gayme Show. Is there such a thing as "gay comedy"? How does this show subvert or confirm stereotypes about gay people and gay culture?
The "prize" on Gayme Show is a nonmonetary one; some would call it "bragging rights." Why do some competitions involve money and material goods and others do not? Do you have a preference for one or the other?
What other movies or shows have you seen about the LGBTQ community? How does this one compare? Do they have certain things in common?
- Premiere date: April 6, 2020
- Cast: Dave Mizzoni, Matt Rogers
- Network: Quibi
- Genre: Game Shows
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: February 27, 2022
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