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Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Do You Like Your Evenings Sophisticated?

posted by on January 3 at 12:58 PM

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For those unfamiliar with Jeff Stryker, here’s a most informative Wikipedia entry. For those unwilling to read a NSFW encyclopedia entry about a legendary gay porn star, all you need to know is that Jeff Stryker was THE superstar of ’80s gay porn, and has been attempting a variety of other careers with varying degrees of success ever since. He’s not dumb—in this interview he parses the detrimental effects of prostitution with a Yoda-like wisdom—but his post-porn career choices have routinely been deeply and inadvertantly hilarious.

First came his stint as a country singer, and the release of his single, “Pop You in the Pooper”. (No, really. Click the damn link.)

Then Mr. Stryker took to the stage, soliciting the celebrated comedy-writing skills of Bruce Vilanch (he writes all the jokes for the Oscar broadcast, for what that’s worth) to create the sophisticated evening advertised above. According to its website, the show is a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Jeff Stryker, from childhood memories to a dancing-nude finale. “[I]n our play there is no real hard-core sex,” Stryker tells Metroactive. “It’s just me in an aroused state.”

Speaking of fascinatingly trashy “art” that is deeply and inadvertantly hilarious, here’s a conflict-of-interest P.S.: Tonight at the Triple Door, I’ll be hosting a live annotated screening of Paul Verhoeven’s notorious cinematic masterwork Showgirls. (I’m also doing it there tomorrow night, but that show’s sold out, so if you’re interested and don’t already have tickets, come tonight.) Not only is this perhaps your only chance to see the world’s most wonderfully atrocious movie in a nightclub co-owned by Kenny G, the shows are money-and-awareness raising events for Washington State CASA, the volunteer-driven organization that’s been fighting the good fight for the Northwest’s neediest kids since 1988. For tickets, call 206-838-4333.)

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That has got to be a Ween song.

Posted by Gabriel | January 3, 2007 1:27 PM

Jeff Stryker was the epitome of the 80's gay porn star...smooth (or shaved), pretty (in a feminine way), big-dicked and ultimately boring.

There will probably never be gay porn as good as the Joe Gage films or anything involving Al Parker...mmmmm. It's been a continual devolution since the late 70's/early 80's.

Posted by BD | January 3, 2007 1:49 PM

I don't think Bruce V wrote for the last Academy Awards Show. I looked all over for an answer but wasn't able to find who it was.

Posted by monkey | January 3, 2007 1:51 PM

Hm. I just saw him on the GLAAD Awards, and he made a crack about all the best "Brokeback" jokes getting cut from the broadcast, then hilariously asserted he was responsible for the joke of Crash ending up in the Best Picture winner envelope...

Posted by David Schmader | January 3, 2007 1:59 PM

ooooh; i don't know who's grosser: bruce vilanch or jeff stryker.... i think stryker, the george hamilton of gay porn...i met him once at the CES in Vegas in 87? 88? (and have the photo to prove it)he's really, really short and not the brightest bulb in the socket...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 3, 2007 3:50 PM

Okay, okay, I'll admit that I though Jeff Stryker was way hot... 20 years ago.

But this is 2007. I can't imagine any reason why I would want to see his 40+ yo wrinkled sagging ass now, even if he can still get it up on command. Gross. Time to move on, Jeff.

Posted by SDA in SEA | January 3, 2007 4:16 PM

the george hamilton of gay porn

Good description, though maybe a bit cruel.

As far as Jeff Stryker and gay porn go...Jeff really wasn't the problem. There would be no shaved, femmy, tweezed, big-dicked, sleep-inducing gay porn stars if there weren't lots of gay men buying it.

Nowadays, we've got all the niche markets...bears, twinks, leatherdaddies, and so on, but not much for fairly regular guys (see Joe Gage). Gay porn is all about the extremes these days...from the twinks (where you really have to wonder if they're "of age") to the leathery, gym-bunnied, protease-inhibitored (veiny, sunken cheeks, extended bellies) pseudo-masculine Castro queens.
Something for "everybody" it seems.

I like regular guys, for the most part. People I can relate to. Much sexier.

Posted by BD | January 3, 2007 4:21 PM

This is a great Blog!

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