WHAT THE HECK IS THIS?
Straight Up Gay is a comedy about two best friends: Brenden, a straight guy, and Alison, a gay girl. Together, they learn about gender identity, sexuality, best kombucha-making practices, and organic food cooperatives. Straight Up Gay explores the often kooky world of lesbians,offering a lighthearted look at our lives and inviting us to take the chance and laugh at ourselves. What Will & Grace did for gay dudes ten years ago is what Straight Up Gay wants to do for lesbians, because we’re worth it, too.
WAIT, WHY DO I CARE ABOUT THIS?
That's a good question, I'm glad you asked. Well, the LGBTQ community has come quite far over the past few years. Remarkably far, and I think we can all agree that it is not just due to the fierce political fights or encouraging words from Obama that have gotten us there. Maybe we are biased because we love TV, Film and Media so much, but it can be noted that the positive depiction of gay characters in media have a lot to do with the new image of "Gay". Gay is no longer scary, or off-putting to middle-of-the-road individuals, and that is a pat on the back to shows like Glee, Modern Family, The New Normal etc. However, perhaps the other letters in the LGBTQ conversation have been a bit sidelined. Besides Brittany and Santana, there have not been too many approachable, relatable stories in TV and film that focus on Lesbian relationships. As happy as we are for Gay men, the L, the B, the T and the Q's also have some funny and interesting stuff going on! Our show takes a lighthearted look into the other side of "Gay", and will hopefully bring to light a whole new realm of funny and relatable stories for people to watch.
WHO IS MAKING THIS?
Alison Levering Wong and Brenden Gallagher are two real-life best buds who met while writing for the TV show “Late Night Republic,” and then went on to create their own web-based projects, including 2011’s “Crisis PR,” with The Daily Show’s Zhubin Parang and UCB’s Will Storie. It took home awards for “Best Writing,” “Best Comedy,” and “Best Series” at the 2012 LA WebFest. With this new project, they hope Straight Up Gay provides a funny source for lesbian-focused content.
The first episode of Straight Up Gay features members of New York City’s queer performance community, including Drae Campbell (Miss Lez 2010) and Lea Robinson (Boxer's Off Butch Burlesque, Dapper Q's He Said/ She Said). Local comedy talent including Molly Lloyd from UCB is also involved. That’s a lot of awesome in one episode, am I right?
WELL, WHAT THE HECK CAN I DO?
To shoot the first episode, we pulled every favor we had left in this cruel world and got the talent, crew, and director to work for free. We used our own sparse funds to dress the set and shoot the episode. Our strained, haggard bodies urge you to contribute to our fundraising campaign so that we can shoot the five more episodes that we’ve written and make this web series A REAL THING. Your contributions will help us secure locations, feed our hardworking crew, and maybe even pay some people with something more than love (details below).
Please also help us spread the word by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and talking to your friends about us (but only say nice things, obvs). Ask that girl you’re talking to on OkCupid if she’s seen our web series! (it will make you look super cool to her since she’s like 10 years younger). Let’s get talking about Straight Up Gay!
WHERE IS ALL OF MY MONEY GOING?
Believe it or not, the days of filming something with your parent’s HandyCam are long gone. As professional writers/actors/filmmakers, we are dedicated to making this web series of the highest quality. We’re shooting on a RED One that we got off a truck in Chinatown (keep that between us). We will also rent lights and sound equipment, pay location fees, dress our set, feed the actors and crew, pay for transportation costs, as well as editing and marketing.
We are humbled by the amount of free labor we received for the first episode, based solely on people liking the script and wanting to be a part of the production. Favors only go so far, and in the future, we would like to compensate them for the time. At the very least, if we can’t compensate everyone with American currency, then we hope to compensate them with American beer and pizza.
After spending a cumulative 12 years in New York sans trust funds, we know how to pinch a penny, and we promise to be frugal and stretch your dollars as far as possible.