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My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

Bellini judges the worldwide web

As part of my glamorous life, I am often asked to be a judge or juror for some talent show or other. It's a task I embrace, always thrilled to discover new talent, or at very least get a free drink.

Recently, I was asked to be a juror for the 4th annual T.O. WebFest, held at the CN Tower on May 25-27. In advance of the event, I was sent links to over 30 different web series episodes. The entries were in the Comedy or LGBTQ+ categories, and they were a mixed bag.

There were things like Bob and Donna , a Funny Or Die clip about a couple with midwestern accents and tacky sweaters. It's coarse humour, but not without charm. Some people will absolutely love it.

BOB AND DONNA: Episode 1
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It's season one of Bob and Donna - a travel-adjacent reality show where two, fun-loving Michiganders fulfill their lifelong dreams of traveling to major cities that ...

Then there was Danger Pay, a series about a legal assistant who takes a job with a lawyer who works at home. The two of them were such fascinating characters, and they were so well performed by the actors, that I was willing to overlook the problematic audio. Episode four was when I fell hopelessly in love with this show. Created by Carolyn Bridget Kennedy, it's the web series that made me laugh the hardest. Despite my enthusiastic outpouring of love for it, the series did not receive a nomination.

Danger Pay: Episode 4: Stuck on You
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Comedy Webseries created by Canadian Actress, Writer, Producer, Director Carolyn Bridget Kennedy (www.imdb.me/carolynbridgetkennedy) Synopsis: A woman accept...

The LGBTQ+ stuff fared better. I loved this one episode of a show called Brothers, about trans men. In it, a trans man goes on a date with a girl, who seems genuinely interested, and aroused. They get close, but it all falls apart when the girl walks in on the trans man changing, and she sees his still-remaining breasts. He is so freaked out he breaks it off with her. But my description cannot capture the impact that scene had on me. The episode is not on YouTube yet, but check out their promotion channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/BKbrotherswebseries.)

Brothers Series - YouTube
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BROTHERS is a new media series about a group of four transgender masculine friends in Brooklyn, NY. Season One is available via our official site: www.brothe...

Then there is Jack Tracy's History, a long but very well produced series about gay relationships. The sixth and final episode, Letting Go features an Oscar-worthy performance in which Tracy breaks up with his boyfriend on the street. The whole series is worth watching, and both guys are super cute.

Celebrating web content, and legitimizing it with awards, is the wave of the future. YouTube is the new television, and it's brimming with shows to fit every demographic. Unlike commercial broadcast television, it is not beholden to advertisers or standards and practices, so the content is much more edgy than even pay-cable. Make sure you don't miss out on some of the best shows you haven't seen yet.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rainbow-camp-documentary-canada#


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