This one’s a thrill, I must say - not least of all because (this time) no sexual favors were exchanged for this Time Out New York Critic’s Pick recommendation. In fact, they asked me not to! Also, the Skittles banner ad at left is a delight - hoping one day soon the world (or at least the 45 people who can fit in the Stage Left Studio) will “taste my rainbow!”
The paparazzi literally seem to be everywhere in the run-up to this Saturday’s reprise of I LIGHT UP MY LIFE: The Mark Sam Celebrity Autobiography. They’re not necessarily looking for me, but nonetheless they’re everywhere! And luckily they’re not half as good at hounding me as I am at hounding them!!!
One knows one’s arrived when one is cast in a cameo at minute 3:20 of a Greg Scarnici picture! “Children of the Dune” was perhaps not quite the box office success that had been hoped for, but neither was it an artistic one!
When you’re in the public eye as I am, that means even a routine visit to the Black Party Expo - a visit that perhaps you’d rather not have broadcast - becomes fodder for the global celebrisphere. Ah well, as I once read on a memorial plaque somewhere, “the world must know!” I remember thinking, “that’s a catchy little phrase I’m going to use someday!”
I’m sure I was the only performer at the Black Party Expo who’s performed with his clothes on, and I was touched that the folks at Mister remembered my stellar work on their behalf and saw fit to repost one of my proudest moments of gay self-exploitation, this charming little internet ad!
I know I always say there’s no such thing as bad press, but these mentions keep getting more and more questionable! See the 4th stanza from the bottom in this article on closing night at Rawhide - ah me, such is life in the public eye!
This interview with me from 14 years ago almost proves the old adage “people don’t change” - except I am no longer wigged out by the sound of people shitting! And the period photographs of me are very nearly priceless. Thank you, dear old friend Tom Griffin, for seeing my newsworthy potential even way back then.