Queer Comedy Directed by Billy Porter on the Way to Amazon

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 23, 2021

Tony and Emmy winner Billy Porter is set to bring his eclectic eye to a new queer comedy at Amazon, reported Variety.

Tentatively titled "To Be Real," the movie will follow three queer friends who escape their hometown for Pride Weekend in New York City "where they discover that life over the rainbow is an insane, raunchy, often divisive, but ultimately FIERCE non-stop party." The was reportedly pitched as an LGBTQ "Superbad" crossed with "Booksmart."

Gabrielle Union's I'll Have Another Productions developed the comedy with an original script by Ryan Shiraki. Porter and Shiraki will also executive produce.

If productions continue at this current pace, LGBTQ comedies may finally have the cultural moment they deserve.

Netflix's gay, animated superhero series "Q-Force" will land at the streaming service in September; comedian Billy Eichner recently celebrated his comedy "Ex-Husbands" landing at Amazon studios; "SNL" star Bowen Yang and comedian Joel Kim Booster are coming to Hulu in the rom-com "Fire Island;" and out actor Keiynan Lonsdale, Sarah Hyland and Dylan Sprouse will also star in an LGBTQ rom-com from Buzzfeed titled, "My Fake Boyfriend."

Sounds like we are in for a lot of laughs.