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Justin Sayre is a performer on the rise! He’s an actor and stand-up comedian who hosts “The Meeting,” at The Duplex in NYC, a monthly comedy/variety show for homosexuals and their friends. Justin’s humor is raw, honest, and down-right funny.  In 2006, Justin received rave reviews for his cabaret, “Without A Song.” As an actor, he has studied with the finest teachers in New York. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, Judy hands, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. Catch Justin hosting “The Meeting” this Thursday, December 16 at 9:30pm at The Duplex in NYC (61 Christopher Street @ 7th Ave). For tickets, click here! 

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? There were two…One was Leonard Bernstein of course for his passion, but also because I had a huge crush on him and even at age 5 I thought he is someone I’d like to sleep with. The other thing that really made me want to be a performer was the movie musical “Gypsy.” I loved when Natalie Wood, who was a brunette like me and when she said into the mirror “Oh Mamma, I am a pretty girl.” I thought “Oh that’s what I want to be, even if I had to be a stripper to do it. That’s alright.”

2. How did you come up with the idea/concept for “The Meeting?” “The Meeting” was actually started as a joke. I thought I was one of the people who was most on the outside of contemporary gay culture. I don’t tend to go to a lot of popular gay bars or any of that, but I have been fascinated with gay culture. What is it? I had thought there was reading list with the likes Edmund White and Andre Gide, but that’s not the case. You can be gay any way you want. So, “The Meeting” was a response to that, but also a response to “Prop 8,” and the sort of resurgence of gay activism. I felt like there was a lot of information that wasn’t getting out there and discussed like the VP of Urban Outfitters gave a huge amount of money to “Prop 8.” There was no boycott, nobody discussed it. I thought how could I kind of discuss these things; because I’m not a political kind of person and I can’t stand on a bandstand and yell at people, I’m not Emma Goldman. I aspire to be. So I thought I’d write this show with this imaginary organization called the “International World of Sodomites.” And get the information out there in a funny and relevant way.

3. Who’s the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Oooh, there are so many. I’d love to have Justin Bond do the show because he’s my hero in all things. I’d also love to have Elaine Stritch do the show. We both have great legs.

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Rimming is a talent.” This was a wonderful piece of advice and it changed my life. I’m now going to frame this interview and send it to my mother.

5. Favorite place to rehearse on your own? Oh, my bathroom. Not because the water is very soothing, but because it echos and it allows me to imagine how it would sound in a much larger room.

6. Favorite comedian? Oh, there’s so many, but Jack Benny for sure. I loved him as a kid and that’s where I learned my comedic timing.

7. Favorite place to go on a date in NYC? Where ever somebody nice takes me and tells me I’m pretty. Soft lighting and cheap drinks also help.

8. Boxers or Briefs? I’m a homosexual, boxer-briefs. Me: Wait, I’m a homosexual and I wear briefs. Justin: Oh well, look at you, you’re so skinny, I need to hold everything together.

9. Favorite website? Hahaha…Are you talking the one I’m most frequently on or my favorite? Me: I could do both. Justin: My friends started this game on X-Tube where you try to put in some asinine word from everyday life like stares or eggs, just some noun, and then you have to watch whatever videos come up which are usually disgusting. But the website I’m most frequently on is Hulu because I love TV. I watch “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Cougar Town.”

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman because I like her outfit.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can sing any song in the voice of Robert Goulet.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? If it was a regular dream, I’d dream about going on a fabulous date in Paris with Martha Gellhorn because I think we would have been wonderful friends, but if this was a sex dream, I would dream about Xavier Dolan who is this young fresh filmmaker.

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“Adaumbelle’s Quest” 2nd Anniversary

Photo by Ben Strothmann

I am so honored to be celebrating my 2nd Anniversary here at “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” It has been very exciting to have the continued opportunity to bring my love of entertainment and interviewing to so many people. I’m very humbled by the growth of “Adaumbelle’s Quest” in this second year and hope that this expansion continues.

I may be the face of this site, but “Adaumbelle’s Quest” would not be without each and everyone of you:

Every performer and artist I have had the opportunity to interview. The fact that you took time out of your lives to answer my questions is truly a dream come true for me.

Every press agent who has taken the time to help me get so many of my participants. I would not have been able to interview them without your assistance!

Each and every person who takes the time to read “Adaumbelle’s Quest,” whether it’s on a daily, weekly, monthly, or a whenever I can basis. I’m thrilled to have your support and the reality that I have fans is another dream come true for me.

My many friends who provide me with guidance and support, allow me to talk their ear off about ideas, always there to answer my infinite amount of computer questions, and those who help me with my logos, business cards, and buttons. How would I manage this all on my own? I’m so lucky to have you in my life!

ITBA for your support and giving me a place to meet other theater bloggers.

My family for their constant love and support.

    Photo by Ben Strothmann

So once again, thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the time, support, and love you give to me and this site. I’m amazed by these two years, not only of the growth of this site, but how this site has affected my personal growth. I’m so fortunate to have it and I don’t take anyone who has ever had an interaction with this site for granted. Thank you for sticking by me and I hope you all continue to do so!

    1. How do you decide who you want to interview? Initially it was artists and performers I have been a long time fan of, but it quickly became an outlet to also promote new talent I’m introduced to.

    2. Who has been your best and worst interview? You’ll have to wait for the book on this one! (hahahaha)…Seriously though, I just feel fortunate I’ve gotten to interview everyone I have because it’s been a dream of mine to be part of the entertainment community and I finally feel like I’m starting to move in.

    3. What are some of the most popular answers? That’s really tough because everyone is so individualized in their answers, but if I had to choose, many people answer Meryl Streep when I ask “Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to?”

    It’s pretty divided between Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts or they don’t like corporate coffee places when I ask “Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts?” It’s also pretty divided between “Superman” or “Wonder Woman,” though every now and then someone gets upset I only give choices for DC Comics. The reasoning behind that is growing up I wasn’t a big comic book fan, so when I watched superhero cartoons on TV, I didn’t know one was DC and one was Marvel. To me it was just a superhero. Plus, when I was thinking of these questions, I thought if two superheros were to have it out, it would be “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    For “Boxers or Briefs”…most people answer boxer briefs, but briefs do seem to win out more over boxes, unless they go commando.

    4. Favorite place to write? My apartment and sometimes on vacation, but anywhere that can just allow me to be with my thoughts and little distraction.

    5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “The impossible is something that hasn’t been tried”–Ernst Bulova. “You can’t get a yes without asking the question.”–Bob Trautman.

    6. What’s your proudest moment? The moment I realized I am finally living the life I always dreamed for myself, just in a completely different way than I imagined.

    7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Sleeping in, going to the gym, catching up on TV shows, hanging with friends, taking a nap, going for a walk, or drinking a vanilla chai tea latte.

    8. Favorite skin care product? Origins…Perfect World Toner, Perfect World for Eyes, Matte Scientist (which they recently discontinued…please bring it back!), Never A Dull Moment, Skin Diver, Checks and Balances, and Firefighter. I also used to love Susan Lucci’s hair care products and her Youthful Essence Microdermabrasion.

    9. Favorite TV Show? I’m sure there are many more, but this is what I could remember. Now: “90210,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Modern Family,” “Glee,” “Cougar Town,” “Mike and Molly,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and “Raising Hope.” Then: “The Golden Girls,” “Family Ties,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Saved By The Bell,” “California Dreams,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Donna Reed,” “Bewitched,” “Punky Brewster,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Silver Spoons,” “He-Man,” “She-Ra,” “GI Joe,” “Superfriends,” “Wonder Woman,” “Ellen” (TV sitcom), “The Class,” “Gobots,” “Jem and the Holograms,” “Bette,” “Sordid Lives: The Series,” “It’s All Relative,” “Strong Medicine,” “Any Day Now,” and “The Practice.”

    10. Favorite Comedian? Ellen DeGeneres, Wendy Liebman, Sandra Bernhard, Jessica Kirson, Leslie Jordan, Chelsea Handler, and Julie Halston.

    BONUS QUESTIONS:

    11. Favorite kind of sundae? Cookies & Cream ice cream with rainbow sprinkles.

    12. Peanut Butter: Crunchy or Smooth? Smooth, so it spreads perfectly when I make my yummy peanut butter and cheese sandwiches!

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Tonight I attended “The Meeting” at the Duplex in the West Village in NYC. This monthly event is a comedy/variety show for homosexuals and their friends hosted and created by the brilliant Justin Sayre and produced by Adam Rosen and Rudy Scala.

With special guests stars (such as tonight’s Ben Cameron, Emily McNamara, and Molly Pope), this delightful evening of stand-up, singing, sketches and humorous discussions about some of today’s hottest topics from current events to pop culture is pure enjoyment!

Justin’s humor is raw, honest, and down-right funny. The best line of the night was when Justin said, “So I was called a faggot and to that I said, yes I am, but you also forgot actor and model.” It’s brilliant lines like that that fill the evening!

If you are looking for a fun gay night out with friends, then I suggest you go to “The Meeting” and every month after that at the Duplex. The next installment will be December 16 at 9:30pm ($10 cover + 2 drink minimum).

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Come help support a very worthy organization, The Ali Forney Center, while  enjoying an evening of gay variety at “The Meeting” with special guest stars Jeffrey Self & Cole Escola (Logo TV’s “Jeffrey and Cole Casserole”), Bridget Everett (“At Least It’s Pink,” “We’ve Got Tonight”), Erin Markey (“Puppy Love: A Striper’s Tail”), Molly Pope (“The Diva-lution of Molly Pope,” “Our Hit Parade”). Monday, June 21 at 10pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge (185 Bleecker Street, NYC).

“The Meeting” is a monthly gay variety show looking at politics, sexual and otherwise, social news, music, skits, and other important life-changing information hosted by Justin Sayre.

This special edition is a benfit for The Ali Forney Center, dedicated to providing shelter & guidence to GLBT youth who have no where to go because their families have turned their backs on them for being gay. Many of the youth who have benefited from the center’s services have now been able to thrive & succeed, from graduating college to getting an internship at CNN. The Ali Forney Center has so much to offer, but have turn hundreds away because all of their beds are occupied. If you are looking to help a truly wonderful organization, consider donating to the Ali Forney Center & help them continue to help the youth of today.

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