Logoâ€™s The Big Gay Sketch Show is back with another season of groundbreaking sketch comedy series! The eight episodes feature a combination of traditional and music-based sketches, pop culture parodies and recurring characters, all from a unique LGBT perspective. Sketch comedy--all too often dominated by frat-boy humor--gets "queer-eyed" on Logo's The Big Gay Sketch Show
. The eight episodes of the second season feature much of what you'd expect: Over-the-top but affectionate impersonations of gay icons like Liza Minnelli and Elaine Stritch; sketches that do little but emphasize the muscular physique of hunky cast member Paolo Andino; and pop-culture parodies in which the characters are now gay lovers (for example, Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz). The show suffers from the same weaknesses as straight comedy shows, like sketches that only have one joke and don't know when to end, woefully dated targets trotted out as if no one had ever made fun of them before (really, how many jokes about bears do we really need?), and recurring characters who could hardly carry one scene to begin with. But at its best, the show veers into surreal goofiness (Maya Angelou reading Craig's List personals as poetry) and bald but still welcome political digs, as well as moments of startling bad taste (a support group for May-December romances that concludes with mass projectile vomiting) that, if nothing else, will linger in your memory.
Surprisingly, the best material can be found in the bonus features. A satire about Logo deciding to turn the show straight is both topical and multilayered; sketches about a girl-scout troop leader freaking out when she gets lost and fag hags show a hint of character dimension; and "behind the scenes" footage mocking Logo itself is funnier than anything that was actually broadcast. Also, cast member Julie Goldman conducts a couple of refreshingly personable interviews with two of the show's other performers, Kate McKinnon and Nicole Paone. The Big Gay Sketch Show doesn't reinvent sketch comedy, but it does offer a super-powered Liza crying out, "There's a pain in my new hip--that means a homosexual is in trouble!" --Bret Fetzer