Richard Simmons

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    When Something Is Love/Hate, Do You Love It Or Hate It?

    Lots of plays and movies enter into the category of "love/hate"--i.e., people worship at their feet or find them utterly repellent, but no one thinks they're just OK. For example, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, Twilight, and The Tree of Life come to mind as classic love/hate movies, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    YouTube Treasure: Streisand And The Alvin Ailey Dancers

    I'm not here to talk about The Guilt Trip right now. Barbra Streisand is fun and looks radiant in it, but overall, it's a meh experience. I'd rather discuss Funny Lady, the 1975 sequel to Funny Girl, which is moody, opulent, and even more filled with Barbraisms than Richard Simmons. In fact, it be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    When The Gay Topic Is The Deal Breaker With Celebrities

    I always push the G word in celebrities' faces and they--or at least their publicists--sometimes respond by using their own G word, Goodbye! For example: *When I interviewed Dolly Parton on the phone once, she was nothing but delightful, as she always is. But when the interview turned to the vari ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 11, 2012


    Neon Lycra and headbands 
never looked this good

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    Richard Simmons' Nickname Is "Dickie Jukebox"

    Fitness guru Richard Simmons and I once sang "He Touched Me" together in his trailer before he got nervous, and that was pretty much the end of the interview. But I have to say I liked him a lot! And now, he's revealed to what people affectionately call him:

  • Music

    April 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    A Cancer Benefit With Drag Queens

    "You heard that Whitney Houston died, right?" said emcee Judy Gold at "Encore for Hope," the American Cancer Society benefit last night at Club Providence. She was actually going there. And to set up a joke, God bless her. "No, let me not bring down the mood," added Judy. "Let's talk about cancer! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Live From Yesterday's Ted Leo Video Shoot at the Bell House

    ​ In the "top secret" filming location of Ted Leo's music video for "Bottled in Cork," I am waiting to choke a punk-rocking goon with my polka-dot ascot. Director Tom Scharpling sent a casting call two days prior, instructing fans to attend the shoot wearing nothing but their "finest theater- ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 15, 2010

    Joan Rivers's Gay Revelations

    Also, remembering the Tonys, even the forgettable parts

  • Columns

    May 4, 2010

    "Ticked-off Trannies" Should Get a GLAAD Award!

    All the knives and the fighting back make GLAAD sad. Tough!

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Barrett: How Will the Ballot Police Protect Kirsten Gillibrand from the Harold Ford Invasion?

    Kirsten's protector is ever vigilant​Thank God for the ballot police. But for them, five or six elected Democrats would've already committed the crime of running against Kirsten Gillibrand. Now we have the man Harry Reid obviously mistook for Barack Obama, Harold Ford Jr., illegally panhandl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    The Most Twisted Urban Myths!

    ​Urban myths are those bullshit celebrity gossip stories you hear as a kid and choose to believe until years later when you finally stop and say, "What the fuck was I thinking?" I'm not even going to go into the infamous gerbil one or the one with the rock star and the 17 sailors. We ALL have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Who Seems Gay, But Isn't?

    Miguel Angel Azua Garcia Come on, put on your lavender thinking caps and tell me which celeb you always thought was a sister, but it turns out he or she isn't. And conversely, let's hear which celeb did you NOT think was gay in a million queer years, but he/she turned out to be gayer than Richard S ... More >>

  • Film

    August 28, 2007

    Test My Balls of Fury

    Answer all correctly and win a Def Leppard album

  • Film

    August 21, 2007

    Put Your Paddle to the Metal

    Take the Balls of Fury quiz and win a Def Leppard album!

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2007

    Shitty Band Promo #2: Broad Noodles

    We are sooo frightened of that brown smudge. Ugh. We've been seeing these stickers all around the Brooklyn borough for a minute and finally couldn't avoid them anymore, so we looked up the accompanying url and discovered that it was far worse than we thought. Sorry to do this to y'all, but they to ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 3, 2007

    The Golden Years

    Chatting with Legally Blonde's Orfeh. Plus: Outtakes from the urban-myth closet.

  • Columns

    November 21, 2006
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    May 23, 2006
  • NYC Life

    January 3, 2006

    Hips of Steel

    How kids too cool for exercise keep the winter pounds off

  • NYC Life

    November 1, 2005


    Why tricks and treats should only last one night, not four

  • People

    June 14, 2005

    'L' Is for 'Look Out, World'

    Longtime lesbian has whole life edited by very hot TV show

  • Music

    July 22, 2003

    I Started a Joke

    Shockingly, No 50 Cent Parody Yet

  • People

    July 8, 2003
  • NYC Life

    March 19, 2002

    Fight Club

    Tyson! Tonya! Boxing Is Big. Fighting It?

  • Columns

    September 26, 2000
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    June 20, 2000
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    February 15, 2000
  • Columns

    December 7, 1999
  • News

    February 16, 1999

    Purple Passion

    Jerry Falwell Outs Tinky Winky! Musto Beat Him to It.

  • Music

    October 6, 1998