Baloney — San Francisco’s beloved gay All-Male Revue (with one exception) — has delighted audiences in recent years with live performances that lovingly investigate the larger milieu of gay and queer men’s experience. Baloney’s co-creators, Michael Phillis and Rory Davis, invite their collaborators and audiences to embrace the sexualized aspects of striptease and burlesque alongside a blend of fantasy, confession, and social commentary. Along the way, the film offers humor and insight into the ways in which gay men continue to navigate the coming out process, dating, and masculinity, as well as the challenges that come with 21st-century urban life, sex industry work, pornography, and trauma.
The film is an absolute must-see and it was a true delight to get to know the eclectic cast of Baloney and get a peek into their day-to-day lives and the hard work and talent that comes with it. The film celebrates queerness, sex work, inclusivity, and showcases the dire need for queer safe spaces.
At the August 20th Outfest screening, BenDeLaCreme joined the Baloney cast and gave a quick intro prior to the film starting. Afterwards, attendees got to enjoy a taste of what a Baloney show is like, with a live performance that was truly unforgettable!
After the performance, BenDeLaCreme moderated a special Q&A with director Joshua Guerci, producer Marc Smolowitz, and of course, Michael and Rory. “Baloney feels very much related to drag,” BenDeLaCreme said. “There really is a relationship between Baloney, drag, and indie filmmaking that’s all about being scrappy and making everything happen yourself and being all hands on deck to make the art be what it needs to be. That’s something really beautiful and relatable and exciting and I love that it’s uniquely San Francisco.”
Outfest is extending its virtual screenings, so be sure to watch the film here.