Aussie colleagues Josh Thomas & Hannah Gadsby -both of whom appeared in Please Like Me– have been named in a Hollywood Reporter list of The 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players.
Both are also represented by Kevin Whyte’s Token Artists.
The list also includes heavyweights Ellen de Generes, Ryan Murphy, Greg Berlanti, Jill Solloway, Jim Parsons, Casey Bloys, RuPaul and more.
The Australian delivered stand-up’s ultimate mic drop with 2018 special Nanette. But instead of being the swan song she intended, one in which Gadsby disavowed self-deprecating humor, it made her a global comedy star. Netflix released her latest special, Douglas, on May 26, earning universal praise and solidifying her status as one of the biggest names in comedy — queer or otherwise.
The Australian comedian, writer and actor has garnered praise for his unabashed depictions of LGBTQ characters in his shows: breakout series Please Like Me and, most recently, Freeform comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay. The creator has fought to authentically portray everything from messy coming out stories to anal sex.
I FIRST FELT REPRESENTED WHEN I SAW “I didn’t realize at the time but probably the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. It was a huge hit in Australia. Every morning when I put on my cologne, I’d ‘spray, delay and walk away.'”
I’LL FEEL GOOD ABOUT HOLLYWOOD’S LGBTQ REPRESENTATION WHEN “I’m constantly torn between wanting us to be normal and mainstream and ingratiated into regular Hollywood and wanting us to burn the whole system down.”
THE PERSON I THINK DOESN’T GET ENOUGH CREDIT FOR THEIR ACTIVISM “Queer boys who try and jam irrelevant statements about world issues into their Instagram captions under shirtless photos.”