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Billy Eichner, the openly gay comedian, is

usually the one asking the questions. Eichner

came to fame with his award-winning, 2011-

2017 truTVshow, “Billy On The Street,” where

he would accost strangers on the streets of

Manhattan, often with an A-list celebrity at

his side. Eichner would interrupt someone

in the middle of a jog, an errand, or daily

commute, to ask a groan-inducing question

or play a silly game. Most New Yorkers did

not recognize either Eichner or celebrity

sidekicks like Chris Evans, Will Ferrell,

Mariah Carrey, or Sarah Jessica Parker.

The tides have turned. Eichner, in a few short

years, has gone from video class clown to a

polished (dare I say very good) actor, writer,

and all-around mensch - and ascended to

celebrity A-list status himself. In 2019, he

starred as the voice of Timon in the Disney

live action remake of “The Lion King.” He

also voices Timon in the upcoming live-action

sequel: “Mufasa: The Lion King.”

But that’s not all. Currently, Eichner is writer,

producer, and co-star of “Bros,” a new

romantic comedy about two commitmentphobic

gay guys in a relationship—Eichner

and costar Luke MacFarlane. MacFarlane—

who came to fame playing in schmaltzy

Hallmark Channel movies— is another

openly gay (not to mention very good looking)

actor; indeed, all of Bros’ writers, producers,

and all of the lead and supporting actors

identify as LGBTQ (with the exceptions of

director Nicolas Stoller and producer Judd

Apatow.) “Bros” is the first ‘almost’ all gay,

lesbian or trans major motion picture.

Among those with speaking roles in the film: Guy Branum (The

Other Two), Miss Lawrence (Star), TS Madison (The Ts Madison

Experience), Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Jim Rash (Community), EVve

Lindley (Dispatches from Elsewhere), Monica Raymund (Chicago

Fire), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal), Jai Rodriguez (Uncoupled)

and Amanda Bearse (Married …with Children).

The film also features appearances by Emmy winner Debra Messing

(Will & Grace), three-time Emmy nominee Bowen Yang (Saturday

Night Live) and legendary four-time

Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy).

“My day hasn’t even begun,” says Eichner

who has just arrived in San Francisco, and

where it’s the ungodly hour of 7:45 a.m.

He’s just back from the Toronto International

Film Festival, where “Bros” debuted to great


Eichner knew from the beginning that he

wanted to make a film about modern, urban

gay male life that felt adult, authentic and

relatable. “I wanted a movie that showed in

a very funny, but realistic, way what happens

when two adult gay men who both pride

themselves on not needing a relationship fall

in love for the first time,” Eichner says. “Men

in general, and especially gay men, pride

themselves on being strong and self-reliant.

And in terms of the LGBTQ+ world, we’ve all

had to be really strong on the outside. We

want to be tough, and we don’t want to need

anyone else. So, what happens when two

men like that fall for each other?” At fortyfour,

he is old enough to remember growing

up during a time when gay themed movies

had limited releases and smallish audiences.

“I went to see a lot of them,” Eichner recalls.

“‘All Over the Guy’, ‘Jeffrey,’ ‘Trick,’ ‘Edge

of Seventeen,’ ‘Go.’ But it felt like it was

something I did in private. It felt like it did

when I was hiding a magazine [for secrecy at


Billy on the Street years earlier called “The

Bro Lightning Round” with Jason Sudeikis.

“It was one of the only times on Billy on the

Street when I took on another persona,”

Eichner says. “I turned myself into a bro

and I wore khakis and a sports jersey and a

backwards baseball cap. And I was going up

to people and doing this bro voice and totally

changed my demeanor. It went sort of viral,

and people wrote all these think-pieces about

how it was a commentary on masculinity.

In real life, a good friend of mine — a gay

friend of mine — saw me in the sketch and

he was like, ‘You know, you’re really hot in

that sketch.’ This is someone who’s been

a good friend of mine for 20 years and has

never, ever hinted at any sort of attraction to

me. And he literally said — without any irony

or sarcasm — ‘You should dress like that,

because you’re really hot in that mode.’ And

I was like, ‘Do you know what you’re saying

right now? So, you think I should completely

alter my voice, body and everything about me

in order to seem hot?’ I think he thought he

was complimenting me. And I thought, there’s

something to this, because it’s funny, and it’s

also kind of messed up. And that inspired the

whole movie.”

The genesis of the film’s narrative came from

a sketch Eichner had done on his series

the film affectionately


workout crazes,

Grindr hookups,

thruples, intra-queer

politics—Bros shines

its brightest, most

unflinching light on

those elements of

gay male cultural

that elevate, emulate

and eroticize



“Bros” is written for contemporary audiences

—straight, gay, and everything in between

(my words) —who are unfazed by scenes

and situations that would have seemed

controversial even ten years ago. And, given

the talent behind the project and the early

buzz, “Bros” could be the first gay romcom to

become a mainstream box office smash.

Particularly with director Nicolas Stoller

and producer Judd Apatow on board. “‘The

40-Year-Old Virgin,’ ‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘Forgetting

Sarah Marshall,’ ‘Neighbors….Judd and/or

Nick are responsible for some of the funniest

movies during the past two decades,”

Eichner enthuses.

One of the most charming aspects of “Bros”

is a pivotal scene filmed in Provincetown,

MA, a community with deep gay roots.

“Provincetown is maybe my favorite place on

earth,” says Eichner. “It’s as far out on Cape

Cod, Massachusetts as you can get. Being

able to film in Provincetown added so much

style to the classical romantic story. The town

has a rich, gay history but is beautiful, sexy,

and fun. It is so welcoming to everyone that

Nick [Stoller, the director], who is straight,

and married with three kids, takes his family

there every summer. It’s is also the first place

that we began filming.” The production was

shut down in between filming for over a year

and a half due to Covid-19.

Among the many gay-culture aspects that

The first scene

Eichner thought of for the film is one in which

his character, Bobby, has just been dumped

and decides to get in peak shape. “Bobby’s

feeling very insecure about how he looks and

his body and masculinity,” Eichner says. “So,

he’s at the gym working out, and he sees a

guy across the gym that he thinks is hot, and

they’re making eyes at each other and Bobby

walks over to the guy to flirt with him. But as

he does, he makes a last-minute decision to

change the way he’s walking. He turns his

baseball cap around to seem more like a bro

and he makes his voice much deeper than it

normally is. And he changes his personality

in order to seem more attractive.”

This is an ongoing issue among gay men

who came of age in the ’90s and 2000s,

Eichner says. “My friends and I, we didn’t

struggle with being gay,” Eichner says. “I’m

sure some people did. I never did. But where

the struggle came was: ‘Well, I’m gay, and

that’s cool. But I still want to be a man.’ The

struggle was with masculine versus feminine

or masculine versus flamboyant. Like, ‘I’m

gay, but I still want to be a bro.’ I don’t feel

this way anymore. But I certainly did. And it’s

something that was ingrained in gay men in

my generation.”

It’s so pervasive, in fact, that Eichner himself

doesn’t always realize when he’s slipping

into bro-mode, even now. “All my agents are

straight men, and my lawyers are straight

men, and my manager is a straight man,

and they’re all very lovely and wonderful,”

Eichner says “I had an assistant for a really

long time who was a co-producer on Bros

and she said to me, ‘Whenever they call

you, your voice drops two octaves.’ And I

didn’t even realize it. It’s very indicative of

all the code switching that we’ve done over

the years. It’s just a part of our lives that

we have to constantly play that game of,

‘How should I behave in front of this straight

person in order to not alienate them?’”

Ultimately, though, the film is about the

herculean challenges of finding someone

who doesn’t drive you crazy—and then

finding the courage to let yourself love them.

“It’s the story of two men who fall for each

other, but who, at the same time, for different

reasons, are both intimidated by each other

and a little scared of each other,” Eichner


Is there any romance going on in Eichner’s

life? When I asked him for a funny story

about a first date, he laughed and said, “I’m

still waiting to go on one. But, seriously, I met

a guy that worked for a cannabis company.

He showed up as high as he could be.

And of course he was hungry. I should have

just called it a night then. But we went out

and all he could do was eat. There wasn’t

any conversation. But I don’t know if that is

funny, or just weird.”

The score for Bros is by Tony winner and

seven-time Oscar nominee Marc Shaiman,

whose music has shaped some of the

most iconic romantic films of the past three

decades, including When Harry Met Sally,

Sleepless in Seattle and The American


There’s a musical moment in “Bros” that may

surprise some Eichner fans—but shouldn’t;

he’s a great singer and studied musical

theater in college. His love of music predates

his bar mitzvah , which he describes as

“Broadway meets Pop Music…I had a lifesized,

airbrushed Madonna standee from her

‘Blonde Ambition’ tour. And a standee from

[the Broadway musical] ‘The Phantom of the

Opera’. I even sang ‘Lean On Me.’”

Eichner’s singing talents are displayed in

“Bros”, but very briefly. “I don’t want people

to think ‘Bros’ is a musical, though,” Eichner

wants readers to know. And let me add my

two cents: “Bros” is not a musical, at all. It is

a comedy that is going to go down in history,

in a great way.






Fashioned somewhat after the Miss

America pageant, only much more

dazzling, the 56th Miss Fire Island

Pageant was held at the Ice Palace at

Cherry Grove, Fire Island on September

10, under an umbrella of sunshine and

sparkle. Hosted by drag icons Ariel

Sinclair, Porsche and Logan Hardcore,

with music by DJs Chauncey Dandridge

and Chuck McTague, the pageant featured

a barrage of talented and stunning queens

competing for the illustrious title. The

winner was set to walk away with the

glittering crown and the $2,500 prize, and

Entertainer of the Year with a splendid

crown and a prize of $2,000.

The six-hour poolside extravaganza

was inundated with an array of people

from everywhere, filled with anticipation,

excitement and plenty of drink, awaiting

the glamor, the brilliance and, of course,

the crowning. The pageant originated in

1966 with bartender Johnny Savoy, who

wrote a riff on Bert Parks’ signature song.

It began as a Cherry Grove event, but

was so popular with the audience that a

runway was added the year after and the

event grew to become the biggest affair of

the summer.

The performances this time were

magnificent, especially those from Fifi

DuBois, the reigning Miss F.I., and

competitor Dallas DuBois, who presented

us with Mary Poppins incarnate and

also wound up winning a well deserved

Entertainer of the Year honor. Other

notable showcases were talent from

songbird Angel Love, Robin Rose Quartz,

and Saline Dion. The most spectacular

costumes were worn by Thee Surburia

and Olympia.

The grand finale and crowning of the

winners took place inside the Palace

and was presented by all three illustrious

Mistresses of Ceremonies and last year’s

crowned royalty, who was also onstage. In

a dramatic, tear filled presentation, Zelina

Duval was named this year’s Miss Fire



Miss Fire Island: Zelina Duval

Entertainer of the Year: Dallas DuBois

Miss Cherry Grove: Kara Sucia

Miss Ice Palace: Robin Rose Quartz

Drag King: Bette Titler

Ms. Fire Island: Lady Champagne Bubbles

Most Popular: Julia

Special thanks to manager Rob

Lassegue, hotel manager Ethan Silva,

owners Frank Shannon and Samantha

Liguria, new owners Jeffrey Bloom, John

Flynn and Greg Holte, and bar manager

Robbie Manuallo. Also a congratulatory

shout out to Greg Scarnici on his

wedding day.






Sherif has been the loyal doorman at the

Eagle for 12 years. Through the pandemic,

checking vax cards and ID’s and greeting

hundreds of people each night, Sherif is

definitely Get Out! magazine’s “Doorman of

the Year.” With all the Eagle has to offer–

their rooftop, their music and dance floor,

as well as their huge events–Sherif is there,


Get Out! exchanged questions with Sherif

without him knowing he was an award

recipient for his experiences as the doorman

for one of the most popular nightlife spots

on the planet.


Hello, Sherif. When you are not at the bar,

what do you spend your time doing?

Outside of work, I simply enjoy lying on a

couch, reading a good book or watching

a good movie. On my days off, I enjoy

socializing, going out for a cup of coffee or

for some healthy snacks, meeting friends and

sometimes going for short trips.

Sports are my greatest passion. When I have

some free time, I work out, I take a bicycle

and go for a ride or hit the swimming pool and

spend an hour in the water. I try to have a

healthy lifestyle.

As the first person everyone sees at the

Eagle, how do you feel you best represent the

Eagle theme?

I love socializing with people, and thus, I

always welcome our patrons with a BIG smile

in a friendly and hospitable manner that

goes along with the Eagle’s main mission

of providing a safe, friendly and welcoming

environment to all of our customers.

Being the first person our guests interact with

while coming in and being the last person our

guests see on their way out, creating a warm,

friendly and welcoming environment is my

main goal.

What inspired you to take the job as doorman

and how long have you been there?

Being a doorman matches my personality;


friendly, but I don’t allow people to take

advantage of my friendliness, as problems

may arise later down the line. This makes

me an assertive doorman who knows how

to enforce the rules without coming across

as belligerent or rude. I’m proud of being the

Eagle doorman for 12 years.

What do you like best about your job at

the Eagle ?

The Eagle NYC is an international spot

that is visited by local and international

customers from all over the world.

Being a people person, it’s such a great

opportunity to always interact with

customers from different cultures and


Do you ever have situations that make

you concerned or that make you really

laugh? If so, how do you handle it?

Being happy at work means you will be

happy at home and live the balanced

life we all strive for. It’s always good to

smile and exchange jokes with customers

and have a little fun. It lightens the

relationship, making it more familiar and

comfortable. I do believe humor is a

great way to connect with customers. It

puts them at ease and makes them feel


There is never a dull moment at the

Eagle, with the huge new dance floor that

opened a few months back and Mr. Eagle

2023 happening in a few weeks and the

legendary Sunday rooftop party. Do you

have a favorite night at the Eagle ?

Never a dull moment at the Eagle! The

Eagle NYC is a happy place with so

much to offer, between the incredible

dance floor, the legendary rooftop, the

amazing music, the big events happening

all year round and on top of all that, the

wonderful staff. Every night is a favorite

night for me and a special night for our


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