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Hugh Jackman—’Bad’ Star, Winning Actor

Hugh Jackman: Best TV Performance—Actor
For the HBO TV movie Bad Education, in which he played Frank Tassone, a true-life school superintendent who wound up imprisoned for embezzling millions of dollars from his district in 2004. 

Jackman is an Academy Award® nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning actor. From his turn on Broadway as the 1970’s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the X-MEN franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time. In addition to his acting work, Hugh serves as an ambassador for World Vision Australia. 

In 2009, he traveled to Ethiopia to visit a community development project and met a young coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty. Inspired by Dukale’s story, Jackman launched Laughing Man Coffee in 2011 to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods to consumers in the U.S. As part of his ongoing commitment, Hugh contributes 100% of his profits to the Laughing Man Foundation, which he created to support educational programs, community development and social entrepreneurs around the world

Hugh Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.

Jackman garnered his first Academy Award® nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, based on the popular stage show created from Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name (essaying Jean Valjean in the musical drama also landed him a Dorian nomination in 2010). Jackman’s standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination. 

Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Sales for the soundtrack to the film have broken records the world over and reached multi-platinum status in many countries including the UK and America.

Other eye-filling movie credits: Director Baz Lurhmann’s rip-roaring WWII-era adventure Australia with Nicole Kidman and 2017’s award-winning period blockbuster The Greatest Showman (in which he sold it as P.T. Barnum).

A former high school rugby and swim team star, Jackman today lets off his steam playing the piano and practicing yoga and Transcendental Mediation. He’s also an advisor to the Global Poverty Project, a huge supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and helps the environment with proceeds from his Laughing Man coffee brand. 
 
Next up: A Broadway revival of The Music Man (if all goes as planned) and the futuristic sci-fi tale Reminiscence with Thandie Newton and rising star Rebecca Ferguson (The Girl on the Train). 
Twitter: @RealHughJackman
Instagram: @thehughjackman
 
Sources: AEG publicity, Laughing Man coffee publicity, GALECA.org. 

Funnyface Catherine O’Hara—Our Best TV Actress Pick

CATHERINE O’HARA: Best TV Performance—Actress 
“Moira Rose” on Schitt’s Creek
Canadian acting legend O’Hara, also a recipient of GALECA’s Timeless Star career-achievement honor, started her comedy career in 1974 as a cast member of the famed comedy troupe The Second City in her native Toronto. She was an understudy for Gilda Radner until Radner left for Saturday Night Live. Two years later, the Second City group created the sketch comedy show SCTV, for which O’Hara—along with her future Creek onscreen husband, Eugene Levy—became a regular performer. Her memorable characterizations on the show included Las Vegas scorcher Lola Heatherton, buzzer-happy game show contestant Margaret Meehan, raunchy nightclub comedian Dusty Towne, soap opera seductress Sue Ellen and stage actress Sue Bopper Simpson.

In the late 1970s, she provided voice-overs for a number of cartoons, work which would continue throughout her career. During a short time in the early 1980s when SCTV was in between network deals, she was hired to replace Ann Risley when Saturday Night Live was being retooled in 1981. However, she quit the show without ever appearing on air, choosing to go back to SCTV when the show signed on with NBC. Her SNL position was then given to fellow Canadian Robin Duke, who had also replaced O’Hara for a season on SCTV.

O’Hara began her career on television, apart from SCTV, in the mid-1970s. She appeared in the 1976 television film The Rimshots, the children’s television series Coming Up Rosie for a year, and television specials, such as Witch’s Night Out and Intergalactic Thanksgiving. But it was her performances on SCTV that earned her fame in Canada, which is why she returned to the show, not only as an actress but as a writer for both SCTVand SCTV Network 90, which earned her an Emmy Award for outstanding writing and two Emmy Award nominations. She also has written for SCTV Channel.

O’Hara has appeared in a number of television series and television films and continues to work in television. During the ’90s, she made guest appearances on Tales from the CryptOh BabyMorton & Hayes and The Larry Sanders Show. She served as actress and director on Dream On and The Outer Limits, the revival of the ’60s series of the same name. In the past decade, O’Hara has guest-starred on top-rated television series including Six Feet Under and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In May 2008, it was announced that she had signed on to star in the upcoming ABC dramedy Good Behavior. Her role in the 2010 television film Temple Grandin earned her three award nominations: a Primetime Emmy Award, a Satellite Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

O’Hara has also had a successful career in film. She made her feature debut in the 1980 film Double Negative, which also starred her SCTV co-stars John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Joe Flaherty. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, O’Hara appeared in many supporting roles, including Martin Scorsese’s After Hours and Heartburn, with Meryl Streep. She had more notable roles in Beetlejuice, the blockbuster hit Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. In 1992, O’Hara worked alongside Jeff Daniels in the comedy There Goes the Neighborhood. O’Hara continued to appear in many films during the 1990s and the beginning of the 21st century. She received roles in four of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films, three of which earned her awards and nominations: Waiting for GuffmanBest in ShowA Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. Her role in 1999’s The Life Before This won her a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. She also appeared in episodes 6, 10 and 11 on the tenth and final series of the UK Whose Line Is It Anyway? In 2006, she starred with Christina Ricci in the fantasy feature Penelope. O’Hara has served as a voice artist in a number of animated movies, including The Nightmare Before ChristmasChicken LittleOver the HedgeMonster HouseBrother Bear 2 and Frankenweenie.

On June 9, 2007, O’Hara was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. On February 28, 2010, she spoke at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2015 Canada Post placed her image on a postage stamp.

For her funny-faced and funny-voiced turn on Schitt’s Creek—as former soap opera actress Moira Rose  Her role has earned her two Canadian Screen Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, at the 4th Canadian Screen Awards in 2016 and the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017.

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Janelle Monáe & Billy Porter—Winning Duo!

Janelle Monáe & Billy Porter: Dual Winners, Best TV Musical Performance
For the Opening Number, 92nd Academy Awards ®

JANELLE MONÁE
@janellemonae

A singer, songwriter, producer, and performer from Kansas City, Kansas, Monáe’s innovative style melds a redefined pop sensibility with an extraordinary mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n’ roll. Her debut album The ArchAndroid was released to widespread acclaim, earning her multiple Grammy nominations, and was deemed the top album of 2010 by The Associated Press, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times. Monáe was also a recipient of the 2011 ASCAP Vanguard Award, and was included in the first-ever “Women Who Rock” exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier that year. 

A dynamic performer and artistic entrepreneur, Monáe her own record label, The Wondaland Arts Society, and has performed worldwide with artistic legends such as Stevie Wonder and Prince. In 2013, she launched her second studio album, The Electric Lady. The first official single off the album, Q.U.E.E.N., quickly racked-up 10,000,000 views on YouTube. “Yoga,” the second single from Monae’s Wondaland Records collective EP, The Eephus, accumulated nearly 5,000,000 views on YouTube in its first month. Her third solo album, Dirty Computer, received a 2019 Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. 

As an actress, she has costarred in the Oscar ©-winning drama Moonlight, the also-acclaimed period drama Hidden Figures and the second season of the Amazon thriller Homecoming. She can currently be seen on the screen in the horror film Antebellum 

Visit her fan page here.

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BILLY PORTER
@thebillyporter

Before landing his Dorian Award-winning role on the multi-Dorian Award-winning FX drama Pose, Billy Porter was best known for starring as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony® Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. Other Broadway acting credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Shuffle Along, directed by George C. Wolfe, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease (all original cast), Smokey Joe’s Café and Dreamgirls (20th anniversary revival). His one-man show, Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am, was nominated for a 2005 GLAAD Media Award.

Porter’s original song “Time” has been featured twice on the television dancing contest So You Think You Can Dance. His concert credits include performing as the opening act for Rosie O’Donnell and Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, singing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Philly Pops, and as soloist for a political fundraiser for President Bill Clinton.

As a director, Porter has helmed revivals of George C. Wolfe’s plays The Colored Museum and Top Dog/Underdog, as well as a critically acclaimed recreation of The Wiz. He also conceived the musical revue Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Music of Stevie Wonder, which starred Chaka Khan in the spring of 2002. In addition, Porter conceived and directed Being Alive, a musical celebration that aligns the cannons of Stephen Sondheim and William Shakespeare and combines them with the soulful musical styles of the African-American experience. He is also an NAACP Theatre Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for his production of Once On This Island at Reprise Theatre Company.

And as a recording artist, Porter’s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records and his sophomore album, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE. Another album, Billy’s Back on Broadway, was released in 2014. Porter’s most recent album, The Soul of Richard Rodgers, was released on Sony Masterworks. Porter’s voice can also be heard on the albums A Very Rosie ChristmasJim
Brickman’s Destiny (a top ten AC hit), Grease (revival cast album) and more.

Porter is a graduate of The Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University’s School Of Drama, where he has directed productions of Company and Letters From ‘Nam. He carries an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College.

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Eddie McGuinness “Queen of Matchmaking” Ireland visits “The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry”

We wanted to go to Ireland to see where Oscar Wilde was born and that required the Queen of Matchmaking, Eddie McGuinness!

Eddie McGuinness “Queen of Matchmaking” & Activist in Ireland draw’s on considerable experience in promotion and event management for over 30 plus years. Eddie is Founder and Co-Chair of The Outing Festival “World’s Only LGBT+ Matchmaking, Music & Queer Arts Festival” and Dublin LGBTQ + Pride Festival & Parade Manager; a multi-faceted celebration attracting the participation of 100,000+ people and now Ireland’s largest LGBT + Pride Festival. Eddie has also designed and hosted highly publicised LGBT events, including “Club Tease” award-winning gay club to Award-winning Magazine ‘free! Magazine’, Ireland’s second-longest-running Gay Magazine which similarly fused gay culture and traditional Ireland garnering national media coverage.

“The Celtic Ride” on Amazon Creator Louise Rawlins Chimes in from Ireland at The Dorians!

‘From Bedroom to Amazon’

Louise Rawlins Traynor thought exploring Ireland on a motorbike and turning that into an adventure-documentary for the World to see would make for an exciting project. Over Winter ’18, Louise planned three episodes for ‘The Celtic Ride’ from her bedroom in the evenings, jotting down ideas while sitting in bed. Louise never worked in TV or film before and set out to learn the ropes.

Louise decided there is no better time to delve into the World of motorcycling and decided to get her own bike licence. Her training and first ride out around Dublin were filmed as part of the show. She then decided on the riders to take part, as each episode shadows a set of riders who also take part in adventures along their trip.

Fast forward to June 2019 and filming began. Louise arranged a wedding for a couple on the viewing point of the highest sea-cliffs in Ireland. Four lady riders from Boston to tour south east Ireland and sail on the Atlantic Ocean. And a group of men from Florida to go through a gruelling 3 day off-road training course.

“Creating the Celtic Ride documentary was a thrilling project. I never studied or worked in film production, I researched tv production morning, noon and night. I’m naturally a creative person and envision how I wanted this show to turn out. I wanted to learn to ride just to make this show.

I look at the great World around me and I see things that if shared, will fill the hearts of others. Life is full of experiences and enjoyment which some of us are lucky to live through. It’s up to us to bring that to others, and I hope this show brings that to everyone”, Louise Rawlins Traynor, Creator & Executive Producer of The Celtic Ride.

At the moment, The Celtic Ride is available on the Celtic Ride website (www.thecelticride.com) along with Amazon Prime in the USA and UK and, other territories are expected to be made available soon along with national broadcast stations.

You can take part in the adventures as seen in The Celtic Ride through Celtic Rider Ireland. Contact Celtic Rider Ireland at www.celticrider.com.

Karel Hosts Inaugural “Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry” Free VOD Now

Hugh Jackman, Janelle Monáe, John Oliver, Regina King,

Laverne Cox
Among Stars to Lend Cheer to the LGBTQ+ Entertainment Critics TV Awards

The Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry, Hosted by Talk Radio Icon Karel, Streams Globally September 13th 5pm PST | 8pm EST

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Karel to Host the Dorians TV Toast 2020 On Revry

September 8, 2020 (Hollywood, CA) – Hugh Jackman, Janelle Monáe, Regina King, Pose sensation and fashion trailblazer Billy Porter, groundbreaking trans actress Laverne Cox, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy and vaunted political satirist John Oliver are among the slew of actors, comics and performers lending cheer to GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ inaugural Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry, airing Sunday, September 13th on the first LGBTQ+ global streaming network Revry.

In the two-hour star-studded virtual event, hosted by famously opinionated entertainer and talk show host Karel (in photo above), fans will find out which stars and TV shows the LGBTQ+ organization’s 270 members deemed the best, most visually stunning and even campiest of the past TV season. In addition to raising a glass to the honorees—many of whom delight in virtual acceptance videos—GALECA members discuss the nominees’ merits and even controversies (Randy Rainbow and Tiger King don’t get off lightly).

Going into Revry’s September 13th special, star and co-creator Dan Levy’s riches-to-rags comedy Schitt’s Creek leads the pack with seven nominations, while Hollywood whiz Ryan Murphy’s ambitious, star-studded reimagining of Tinseltown’s early days sashays down the red carpet with six nods. The fact-based TV movie Bad Education and daring miniseries Watchmen each have four Dorian nominations, with the HBO titles’ respective stars, Jackman and King, earning best performance nominations. Singer and actress Monáe, now seen in the centuries-spanning horror film Antebellum, and Porter share a nomination for TV Musical Performance of the Year for their vibrant opening number in this year’s Academy Awards telecast. The full list of contenders, across 14 categories, can be found at DoriansToast.com. 

Helping present the TV Dorians: Drag icon Shangela (star of HBO’s We’re Here), What We Do in the Shadows’ vampire-slayer Harvey Guillén; DailyMailTV and Gay Good News host and groundbreaking cable news anchor Thomas Roberts; actor and music artist Alex Newell (Glee and NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist); RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars champion Chad Michaels; multi-hyphenate Josh Thomas of the hit Freeform sitcom, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay; actress-comedian Margaret Cho; veteran talk radio host and Sexy Liberal podcast network founder Stephanie Miller; legendary saxophonist Dave Koz; acclaimed actress and jazz singer Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black); rising stars Rafael Casal and Kate Rose Wilburn; and iconic comic Bruce Vilanch. Revry personalities Shira Lazar and Andy Lalwani, of the news and pop culture series What’s Trending, will also be on deck offering insightful commentary.

“It’s really incredible how the industry has so positively responded to our show,” said outspoken host and producer, Karel (otherwise known as Charles Karel Bouley). “While COVID has definitely created challenges, it’s also strangely brought us together in a global way: We’ve got Alex Newell in Canada, Laverne Cox in New York, Lea DeLaria in LA, Margaret Cho in her back yard and even a surprise from Ireland! A pub is a place that brings people together, and we think Oscar Wilde would approve of our virtual Plan B.”

“Revry is honored to host the exclusive premiere of the star-studded Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry and to stream the show worldwide on our queer network,” said Christopher J. Rodriguez, Esq., Revry co-founder and CBO. “We believe that representation saves lives and while our network focuses on uplifting LGBTQ+ entertainment within queer culture, GALECA has been essential in pushing the broader entertainment industry towards increased representation of LGBTQ+ people in mainstream media. This partnership creates the perfect bridge between these two worlds and allows GALECA and Revry to honor our allies in the industry on a platform made by and for our community.”

The Society’s Dorian Awards, which in the past have gone to both film and television titles combined, announced the nominees for its first separate Dorian TV Awards on June 30. The Dorians are awarded to both general and LGBTQ content, reminding bigots, bullies and at-risk youth that the world looks to the Q eye for leads on great entertainment.

“With September being Suicide Prevention Month and next month being LGBTQ History Month, this is a lovely and loving time to celebrate not just great television, but also how “rainbow” journalists’ have boosted Hollywood from day one,” said John Griffiths, GALECA.org’s Executive Director and Founder. “Be they black, Latinx, indigenous, white, bi, trans, nonbinary or several of the above, queer entertainment critics and reporters have a distinct perspective born of their culture and oppression that has shaped all of the arts for the better. People should know that—and they will thanks to Revry.”

GALECA members offering their opinions in what host Karel calls his “virtual pub” include Tre’vell Anderson (Cohost, Maximum Fun’s FANTI podcast), Kevin Fallon (Senior Writer, The Daily Beast), Eric Andersson (Senior Writer, TV Guide Magazine), Tracy E. Gilchrist (Co-Editor in Chief, The Advocate), Liz Shannon Miller (Senior TV Editor, Collider), Dino-Ray Ramos (Associate Editor, Deadline), Erik Anderson (Editor in Chief of Awards Watch), Jose Bastidas (Assistant Entertainment Editor, The San Francisco Chronicle), Tariq Raouf (Entertainment Queerly podcast), as well as freelance journalists Ren Jender, Manuel Betancourt, Topher Gauk-Roger and Griffiths (former longtime TV critic for Us Weekly).

Chiming in as well with lively comments are former CNN Headline News show host Jane Velez-Mitchell, legendary showbiz columnist Michael Musto and Revry co-founder Wadooah Wali, all GALECA Advisory Board members. The Emmy-winning Velez-Mitchell, now a crusader for animal rights, veganism and the environment via her #JaneUnchained initiative, is one of five new media experts to recently join the Society’s list of advisors. The others are Shane Michael Singh, former executive editor of Playboy turned brand partnerships and development manager at the LGBTQ youth charity The Trevor Project; groundbreaking black film critic and former VH1 talk show host Bobby Rivers; Nick McCarthy, director of programming for the NewFest LGBTQ film festival; and Gil Robertson, co-founder and president of the African American Film Critics Association.

The show is produced and created by Karel.Media, whose creative team includes Brandon Riley Miiller (High the Series, Life In Segments), talent liaison Makiko Ushiyama and graphics and awards design by Jason Young of Pearl Image. The special includes an original song: The cozy and festive “Toast” by Morgan Mallory and Karel. Viewers will also be able to hear an expanded version of the tune performed by Las Vegas-based Irish band The Black Donnellys featuring added orchestration and lyrics by Donnellys frontperson Dave Rooney.

And the Dorians special will include a special message from siblings Rosanna and David Arquette in support of the Alexis Arquette Family Foundation and its missions to offer care and support of the LGBTQ+ community and reflect its namesake’s belief that the arts can transform lives.

The show will air Sunday, Sept. 13 at 8pm EST, 5pm PST on Revry, the LGBTQ+ streaming platform, available globally at revry.tv. The network offers a 7-day free trial period for new viewers. For more information about the Society and its Dorians Toast, visit GALECA.org and DoriansToast.com.

Celebrities set to appear:

Hugh Jackman

Regina King

Rafael Casal

Margaret Cho

Laverne Cox

Lea DeLaria

Harvey Guillén

Dave Koz

Dan Levy

Damon Lindelof

Chad Michaels

Stephanie Miller

Annie Murphy

Michael Musto

Alex Newell

John Oliver

Janell Monáe

Billy Porter

Shangela

Thomas Roberts

Fiona Shaw

Josh Thomas

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Bruce Vilanch

Kate Rose Wilburn

About GALECA

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics’ Dorian Awards, a nonprofit professional organization, was founded in 2009. Today, GALECA consists of 270 active critics and journalists who write on entertainment for major and distinctly unique media outlets in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. Visit GALECA.org for more info, and support us @DorianAwards on Twitter and Facebook and @Dorian_Awards on Instagram.

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics is a member of CGEM: Critics Groups for Equality in Media, an alliance of underrepresented entertainment journalists and Time’s Up’s CRITICAL database. For more information, visit CGEMCritics.org.

About Revry

Watch Queer TV 24/7 with the first LGBTQ+ virtual cable TV network. Revry offers free live TV channels and on-demand viewing of its global library featuring LGBTQ+ movies, shows, music, podcasts, news, and exclusive originals all in one place! Revry is currently available globally in over 250+ million households and devices and on seven OTT, mobile, and Desktop platforms. Revry can also be viewed on nine live and on-demand channels and Connected TVs including: The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus, Comcast Xfinity X1, Dell, XUMO TV, Zapping TV, STIRR, TiVo+, and as the first LGBTQ+ virtual reality channel on Littlstar (available on PlayStation devices). The company–an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Black and LatinX Cohort–is headquartered in Los Angeles and led by a diverse founding team who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @revrytv. Revry.tv

Contact:

John Griffiths

Executive Director

GALECA.org

Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics

info@galeca.org

 

For Revry:

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Jonah@PotentPR.com

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Shira Lazar to Debut the Updated Dorian Prize in “Meet the Dorian” Segment

Shira Lazar To Debut The Updated Prize in Meet the Dorian at the Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry

Shira Lazar is the Founder/CEO of the Emmy Nominated digital media brand, What’s Trending.  In October 2018, she became the host of the afternoon drive show “Lets Go There” weekdays on the first national LGBTQ+ station Channel Q syndicated and on Radio.com. In her spare time, she loves sharing her passion for curiosity, joyful living and mindfulness on her own social platforms @shiralazar. While in quarantine in April 2020, Shira launched PeaceInside.Live, a platform with FREE live zoom classes daily around mindfulness, meditation and movement.

 

Previously, Shira hosted the weekly pop culture Facebook live show, Circa Pop Live! for Circa.com and was a West Coast contributor for HLN’s “The Daily Share”, where she covered all things social media and digital trends for the network. As the leading broadcaster and interviewer in the digital space, Shira has been the face of the biggest live-streams on the web from awards show to red carpet premieres including, The Oscars, The Grammys, Tony Awards among many others.  Lazar is a Webby Awards Honoree, Streamy Awards and IAWTV Winner For Best Web Series Live Host.

She has also been named one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology, Huffington Post’s “Women in Tech to follow on Twitter”, honored on the Variety Women of Impact list and Cynopsis Top Women In Digital.

A digital trailblazer, she speaks at conferences around the world, is a regular contributor on The Huffington Post, Inc. and Entrepreneur and appears frequently on networks like Bloomberg TV, CNN and Fox News Channel discussing Internet culture and digital trends.

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AND EVEN BEFORE ALL OF THIS… Shira launched the first channel ever interviewing YouTube stars called Partners Project and giving them a platform to tell their stories. She joined the CBSNews.com team in September 2009, where she launched her blog/vlog, On The Scene, covering all things digital. She was one of the first broadcasters to grab exclusives with viral stars (before they became regulars on popular talk shows, late night and morning show) including the classics like Antoine Dodson and Double Rainbow Man.

In addition to her work in on demand and live online programming, Shira has also hosted television shows including NBC’s 1st Look and Open House, DirecTV’s Havoc on the 101, and was a correspondent on CourtTV’s Hollywood Heat, Reelz Channel’s daily movies news show, Dailies, and Travel Channel’s Confessions of a Travel Writer.

Her online work dates back to 2005. She has developed and hosted video content for Live Earth Video, This Week In YouTube, Yahoo!’s daily What’s So Funny, Condenast’s travel blog Jaunted, Movies.com, Hollywood.com, Mania! TV, Verizon VCAST and more. She has been the official video blogger for Internet Week NY, red carpet host for the Webby Awards, the first-ever Streamy Awards, and was named a “Social Media Maven” when she won Ashton Kutcher’s 24 Hours at Sundance.

Shira also moderates and speaks around the world at influencer events and conferences including MIPTV, TEDX, Digital LA, Produced By, Do Lectures, NATPE, NAB, Mashable Media Summit, Mashable Social Good Conference, Ignite, Branded Content Summit, Twiistup, Women In Tech International, Banff NEXTMedia, 140 Conference, Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour and SXSW among many others. A native of Montréal, Shira graduated with honors from Emerson College, and now lives in Los Angeles.

“Enfant Terrible” Josh Thomas Bestows the Wilde Wit Award from Lockdown

Enfant Terrible Josh Thomas Bestows the Wilde Wit Award from Lockdown at the Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry

What do Tina Fey, Dan Levy, Issa Rae, Donald Glover and Australian wunderkind Josh Thomas all have in common? They’re all stellar comedians who’ve created, produced and starred in their own acclaimed sitcom—and won or were nominated for Dorian Awards! We loved Josh’s trenchant LGBTQ-friendly riff on Friends – that’d be Please Like Me – and now he’s championing marginalized voices again in his oh-so-witty, just-renewed Freeform hit — set in Kardashian country! — Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.
In 2005 he won the Melbourne International Comedy Festival‘s RAW Comedy Award. He made the finals of So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The following year, he was selected to perform in The Comedy Zone, a showcase of Australia’s most promising up-and-coming comedians presented by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

In 2007, Thomas’ first solo show, “Please Like Me” debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where it received the Melbourne Airport Award for Best Newcomer.[7] His live shows have toured both nationally and internationally, appearing in both Edinburgh and Montreal‘s comedy festivals.[8] In 2010, Thomas toured his coming-out themed stand-up show “Surprise”, taking it to the Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival

2011 saw him touring Everything Ever at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, among other locations

Thomas has a podcast called Josh Thomas and Friend, available from iTunes, which features Thomas and his comedian friends Mel Buttle and Tom Ward. In November 2009 a second series of the podcast was released on iTunes, and the first series was deleted. The third series was released in 2011, and the second series was deleted as well

In 2009, Thomas became a regular and Generation Y team captain on Network Ten‘s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.[11] He also competed in Celebrity MasterChef Australia, but lost in the first heat to Kirk Pengilly of INXS

In February 2013, the television series Please Like Me, written by Thomas, debuted on ABC2. Participant Media‘s television network Pivot acquired the series for the US and premiered all six episodes as a binge marathon on 1 August 2013 to celebrate the channel’s launch after premiering the first episode online.[13] The initial six-part series is based on his stand-up comedy shows and stars Thomas as himself.

In 2014, the series was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series.[14] For his work on the series, Thomas has won various accolades, including an AACTA Award for Best Television Screenplay in 2015.In 2015 it was short-listed for the Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting, New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award.

In 2018, Thomas created Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, a television comedy about a single guy (played by himself) in his twenties who stays in the United States, after his father dies, to take care of his teenage half-sisters. The show was given a pilot order by Freeform,[16] and was picked up to series.[17] The show premiered in January 2020, with Thomas starring, writing, and serving as the showrunner in the series.

 

 

 

Groundbreaking Comic, Singer and Actress Lea DeLaria Honors the LGBTQ Shows!

Groundbreaking Comic, Singer and Actress Lea DeLaria Honors The LGBTQ Shows at the Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry

We all got a big kick back when she was playing Carrie “Big Boo” Black on the groundbreaking women-in-prison dramedy Orange is the New Black. But there’s more to Lea DeLaria’s repertoire than getting feisty in an orange jumpsuit. Sure, she was the first openly gay standup comic to perform on a late-night talk show – 1993, Arsenio Hall, people! – but did ya know she’s a wildly popular jazz singer with six albums under her belt!

In fact, Ms. Delaria  seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as ‘Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black’ in the Netflix hit series “Orange is the New Black.” However, DeLaria’s multi- faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician, has in fact, spanned decades.

Lea holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America which led to countless Television and Film roles portraying Police Lieutenants, PE Teachers and the Lesbian who inappropriately hits on straight women. Selected TV credits: “Broad City,” “Baroness Von Sketch,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “Awkward,” “Clarence,” “Californication,” “The Oblongs,” “One Live to Live,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Will and Grace,” “Friends” & “Matlock.” Selected Film credits: Cars 3Support The GirlsFirst Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen.

She’s received Obie & Theater World Awards, and a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal as ‘Hildy’ in the Public Theatre’s revival of On The Town, an Ovation nomination for The Boys From Syracuse, and has played both Eddie & Dr. Scott in the gender-bending Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Show.

Lea was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House.

Lea has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label and her book “Lea’s Book of Rules for the World” is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell.

Her sixth record, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the Summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.

Rafael Casal to Raise a Glass to the Actors at the Dorians!

Rafael Casal to Honor the Actors at the “Dorians TV Toast 2020 on Revry”

Sexy big and small screen actor Rafael Casal will next be seen in the Blumhouse/Showtime limited series “The Good Lord Bird,” opposite Ethan Hawke, premiering in October. He can currently be seen in Cory Finley and HBO’s Emmy Award-nominated film “Bad Education,” opposite Hugh Jackman. Rafael made his feature film debut in “Blindspotting” in which he wrote, produced and starred. It premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals. It was bought by Lionsgate after a major bidding war. He’s adapting the film into a Series for Starz.

He is also currently writing and preparing to direct the feature “First Sight” for Lionsgate and a Pilot for FX.

Rafael is also well-known to audiences for his work on HBO’s Def Poetry. His digital content and music albums have garnered millions of views and listens. His theatre-in-verse works have been presented at venues across the country and his music has been featured on MTV and Showtime series as well as at the SXSW and the Sundance Film Festivals.

Rafael is the Co-Founder and the Artistic Director of the landmark Bars Workshop at the famed New York City’s Public Theater. He served as the Creative Director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Wave Undergraduate Arts Program and as the Curator for the Line Breaks Festival.

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