By Jeff Walsh
"Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World" is the latest from Q. Allan Brocka, who seems to have his hand in nearly everything good that's gay these days. The show, which will air on LOGO beginning July 10 and comes out on DVD in late August, is pretty much an animated version of Lego, if your Legos went really gay, campy, and had a lot of bitchy things to get off their chests.
The show takes place in West Lahunga Beach where Rick and Steve are DINKing it while trying to sort out their long term relationship issues. They have regular dinners with a lesbian couple, Kirsten and Dana, who are on a quest for Rick's sperm. A third couple in the mix is Chuck and Evan. Chuck is an old HIV+ queen in a wheelchair, whose partner of four years is Evan, a 19-year-old club kid.
At the film festival, they showed a behind the scenes thing and two of the six episodes that will air on LOGO. Similar to how the Kinsey Sicks can be political and dirty because they're in drag, and Avenue Q can have muppets sing about racism and porn, Rick & Steve benefits from looking like a children's show, although very few of the things that come out of their mouths would be acceptable on Saturday mornings.
The cast features a lot of well known celebs, as well. Alan Cumming and Wilson Cruz play Chuck and Evan, respectively. Margaret Cho and Queer as Folk's Peter Paige also join in the fun.
Brocka clearly has his pulse on the lingua franca of the gay world, and keeps firing funny line after funny line, but even the references to man-hating lesbians or Chuck's crowning moment of getting them to make the glory holes wheelchair-accessible come across as playful rather than malicious. As with his other work, such as Eating Out, there's a lot of heart under the surface of everything else that goes on.
But you won't really have time to think much about that as the episode is playing. If you do, you'll miss way too many funny lines.