Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (May 4, 2007)

STEPHEN COLBERT’S FAVORITE LESBIAN

Fans of The
Colbert Report
might have been puzzled by Colbert’s random comment
at the beginning of his show last night: "Ladies and gentleman, I learned
something tonight that I did not know: I do not have a favorite lesbian. I have
got to fix that!"

This very special lesbian moment of The Colbert Report was brought
to you by AfterEllen.com. Here’s how it happened:

My girlfriend and I attended a taping of The Colbert Report last night
with Dara (aka bad
machine
) and her girlfriend, Brooke. Before the show started, the audience
was informed that Stephen would take a few questions from the audience, and they
asked us to think up some unique ones, questions Stephen hadn’t been asked before.
The comedian who entertained us while we waited for the show to start told stories
of how audience members had tried to stump Stephen with questions, but to no avail
— he always had a comeback. The four of us conferred and came up with one we
were pretty sure he didn’t hear every day. When Stephen finally appeared to chat
with the audience a few minutes before the cameras rolled, Brooke was one of
the four people he called on, and she asked, "Who is your favorite lesbian?"

And he was totally stumped. He just kept repeating the question and saying,
"I don’t know," and then, "I did have a nice chat with Melissa
Etheridge the other day." Finally he asked Brooke, "Well, who’s your
favorite lesbian?" And she pointed to Dara and said "her!" to
loud laughter from the audience. Colbert looked at Dara and with his trademark
eyebrow lift said, "Well, you’ll do."

And that’s how Dara became Stephen Colbert’s favorite lesbian.

SHE SAID TOSHI
Our guest on this week’s episode of She Said What?
is the amazing R&B/blues/rock musician Toshi
Reagon
(for those who don’t know her: she was the guitar-playing singer
on the beach in this season’s L Word finale).

We also got our Staceyann back (yay!), so we had a good time all around. Watch
the episode now here.

Oh, and many of you have asked for Lauren’s email address, so you here go:
samesexinthecity at gmail.com — I’m not typing out the "@" symbol
to avoid spammers.

NEXT IT’LL BE THE WELL OF LONELINESS: THE MUSICAL
The
Hourglass Group and New York Theatre Workshop are producing a theatrical
adaptation of Ann Bannon’s Beebo Brinker novels, the classic lesbian pulp novels
from the ’50s. The play will debut this fall at New York Theatre Workshop in
the East Village. Sarah
Paulson
and Cherry
Jones
are reportedly being considered for the lead roles of Laura and Beebo,
according to a rumor made up entirely by me.

For more info, read this interview with the playwright and director, or our review of the Beebo Brinker Chronicles.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Jodie Foster is set to play Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl on the big screen.

Ratings for the second season of Work Out, which ends next week, are
up 5 percent total over last year’s average, and up 17 percent among adults 18–49, according
to a new press release from Bravo.

At least half the contestants on the next season of the U.K.’s Big Brother
"have revealed they have homosexual or bisexual tendencies," according
to this article.

The Windy City Times has an interesting new interview with actress Rusty Schwimmer.

NBC will air the remaining episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
beginning
May 24th
. Get your Sarah Paulson fix while it lasts!

If you haven’t seen The Julie Goldman Celesbian Interviews Special yet, what are you waiting for?

That’s it for this week! Check back next Friday for a new edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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