Queer as Folk U.S.
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SL: I'm more jazzed than Ella Fitzgerald on a good night. When she was still with us. C: God rest her soul. SL: So, yeah, often. We're kind of in a bubble up here when we're shooting, as you can well imagine. You know, when you're shooting until eight in the morning, at times, you really kind of lose touch with what's going on out there. And especially last year, we really had no idea what this was all going to be about. So, after we wrapped, while they were in Washington, Peter and I were in New Orleans at the time. C: Lucky! SL: Yeah, it was nice. The Big Easy. It was great. But, yeah, our first stop was in New York, at the Gay Expo [laughs] at the Javitts Center, and we were supposed to take part in a panel discussion about the marketing of the show. C: Was it actually called "The Gay Expo"? SL: Yeah, I called it "The Big Gay Expo." C: "The Big! Gay! Expo!' SL: Just call it that. C: Okay! SL: [Laughs] Everyone will know what it is. "Oh, yeah, The Big Gay Expo." And, we went to this panel discussion, and they were selling tickets to it, and it was sponsored by The New York Times. And we walked in, and there were about five hundred people crammed into this tiny room, and they stood and cheered and clapped for about five minutes. And we just stood there. And it was really one of those moments that was just...wow. Just complete disbelief that we'd already had this kind of impact -- that people felt this strongly about the show so soon and so quickly. And, um, and even when we were going out, we went out to sign some articles of clothing or whatever out in the Expo. And we had to be kind of hustled out through the crowd, like the Backstreet Boys, and people were kind of reaching and grabbing us -- we called ourselves "The Back Door Boys" -- C: [Laughs] I'm so glad that you said that and I didn't. SL: I thought I'd save you. C: Yeah. Thanks. SL: And since then, it's only grown to where we've done this DVD tour, and it's overwhelming, it's shocking, and it always continues to amaze me. And every place we've gone for these events, the stores say, "We haven't had this kind of turn-out since Madonna. We haven't had this kind of turn-out since *NSync." Or what have you. And that it's reached that kind of status in a year is pretty phenomenal. Especially because Showtime doesn't seem to get their props out there for the show. So, it's been kind of a double-edged sword for them, because they know that the numbers they're getting for the show are maybe about half of who's actually watching it. Because they know that some people are taping it and giving it to people that they know. Every gay bar in town is playing the show, some of them with illegal feeds...all this kind of stuff. So it's really hard to tell. It's not until you get to these events, the signings, where it really hits you in the face. I mean, you know, when I was in Minneapolis for the signing at the Mall of America, there were two thousand people there, and it's just crazy!
Queer as Folk U.S.