The story is simple: Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart.
Not funny, right? Nothing funny at all.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give to you "Thank You... Next," a mockumentary I just found out about this morning thanks to someone named Robbi from the production.
Boys Don't Cry is NOT funny. Remember I just said that. What IS funny is this gay Christopher Guest-style mockumentary about a bunch of theater production divas who decide to put on a musical version of Boys Don't Cry. That in itself is outright ridiculous. And it only gets crazier from there.
It's The Comeback meets Waiting for Guffman with a dash of Best in Show.
Even crazier? It features a former college buddy of mine, Broadway (and Mamma Mia's) Mr. Broadway, Frankie James Grande!
The best part about "Thank You... Next" is that it's a web series - which means you don't even need to turn on the damn television to watch it! The current episodes are all right here.
The show currently has 3 episodes and B-Sides (outtakes from the episodes) posted on their site and will be filming more in April/May. They are also going to be a part of the LA Web Series Festival at the end of March.
Give the series a watch, and prepare to laugh, clowns.
And check out the trailer right here:
- Justin Luke