Actor Meshach Taylor turned a one episode guest stint into a career making role. I remember enough of watching Designing Women as a kid to have me hunt it down when it finally came out on DVD. I have not gotten all the way through yet, (and plan to stop at Smart and Burke's departures) but even with the dud episodes, there are enough really funny ones to keep me going. Anthony Bouvier came very close at times to being a sit-com stereotype. Taylor however straddled that line with skill and comedic timing that turned what could have been a throw away character into an important part of the show. Taylor's biggest gift was his ability to create great chemistry, forming important and distinct relationships with each of his female co-stars. His relationship with Delta Burke's Suzanne was one of the show's most popular pairings, but he zig and zagged well with all of the ladies. R.I.P Anthony.
Canada has always been fairly progressive with gay rights. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens have been serving in the Canadian Forces, free from harassment and discrimination, since 1992. Canada also became the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe, to legalize same sex marriage nation wide in 2005. This past weekend, Toronto head the forth World Pride celebrations and parade. The next to be held in Madrid in 2017.
With all this pride, it makes sense that drooling over a little Canadian grade A beef would also be something celebrated north of the border. Back in 2003, Canada;s Bravo channel began looking for ordinary Canadian men, 21 and older, for their first (and I think sadly only) edition of Strip Search Canada. Given it is Canada Day, what better time than to look back at the men who went on to form the shows end troupe, Canadian Thunder.
Although the show narrowed the field down to just 8, most of the series was about the 100's of other guys across the country, auditioning, dancing and thrusting their way to eventual elimination.
I think Bobby Ryan (above) was a fan favorite, but I really loved Vincent (below). Vincent had that goofy, ordinary guy appeal with a smile that lit up the screen. If you check out the old youtube of his audition it is interesting (and rather erotic) VIncent's audition strip took place in his families backyard with many of his buddies, relatives and his dad and mom looking, and cheering him on.
All Images Above via Kevin T. Gilbert
Of course, one of the staples of any male strip show has to be the first wax. Eyecons has a great selection of images from that show, plus video! Click on the Strip Search Tag to see more from the show. Click HERE:
Given it is Canada Day, I thought it fitting to post about a certain Canadian who has been on my mind lately. Circus has been a theme on FH many times, and the male form combined with circus is a favorite subject of mine to explore and feature. Thanks to a blog reader, I was turned on to an story about the Montreal Circus school and one of it's hottest artists Olivier Sylvestre.
Born in the area of Mauricie, Québec, Olivier developed his acrobatics with 12 years of experience with artistic gymnastics. Olivier decided to widen his horizon by visiting other art forms such as theatre. At the age of 18, he decided to link his love for arts with performance, and went for the auditions at the National Circus School of Montreal. Specializing in rope and German Wheel, Olivier is now playing a large part of the 2014 promotion for the school. No wonder, his good looks and circus artistry would make anyone want to s'enfuir et rejoindre le cirque!
For some reason, Sunday mornings draw me to a certain artist. Usually when I feature the work of Richard Rothstein, I encourage you check out his site amstel89 to see more of his spectacular images of Manhattan and the men who inhabit it. Often, the man in focus is the incredible Rob Eco the city's own urban Tarzan. If those weren't enough reasons, let me give you just one more. Although the visuals continue to inspire, this week I was struck by Richard's writing, and his story Jewish Boy Soup.
'My first orgasm and my first defining moment of self-awareness as a homosexual occurred at the age of 11 in the winter of 1960. The YMHA (Young Men's Hebrew Association) was the site of this momentous incident when I chose to become gay.'
'The "how to swim" lecture off in the distance became a slushy blur of background sounds. My senses focused on the rich aroma of chlorine (which still arouses me), sweet and sour boy body odors, warm, moist air, assorted tufts of dark curly hair--A Whitman's Sampler of beckoning appendages. Curvy mounds. Napes of necks. Bending, stretching. Teasing. Laughing. Bullying. Domination. Submission. I found myself slipping into some kind of hormonal stupor.'
'In sultry Charleston, where summer is long and secrets simmer behind every door, sex and crime walk hand in hand as two adversaries, a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a southern City Attorney, struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to implode the city.'
Not sure how long CBS's summer soap Reckless is going to last, but with promos featuring Cam Gigandet stripping...his boat, it might be worth a look. The actors say the series pushes the boundaries of network television and as long as it is Cam, or co-star Adam Rodriguez, doing the push, I will give it a go, although for now, a DVR go.
I have been featuring the work of photographer and writer James Spada for close to five years now. This past March, I profiled one of my favorite of his recent shoots with Tyler. (Sumptuous) Sumptuous perfectly describes the richness and texture I love so much about James imagery. Although sumptuous also fits this series, I would have to include another adjective, this time scrumptious which equally, ore even more so, describes the glorious Tyler.
Since that piece in March, I have been enjoying keeping up with each of the new images James releases, many on his e-bay site HERE: If you pay James page a visit, in addition to seeing even more of Tyler, you will see many familiar faces, and bodies, some of whom I have profiled over the years on FH.
James has authored several books devoted to the men he has captured over the years. He also written about many of the women he has admired. Although James has documented the live of Barbara Streisand in the past, this fall his newest book, Streisand In The Camera Eye will released. In the Camera Eye is a collection of 170 of the most compelling photographs of Barbra Streisand, chosen for their rarity, beauty, and insight into Streisand’s multifaceted life and career. Check it out and James other works onAmazon.