Frankly, I think Ross “The Intern” Mathews is more beloved by straight people than by the LGBTQ crowd. The funny and gushing gay boy from Mount Vernon, Washington might be the luckiest man in show business and one of the select few to work their way up the Hollywood ladder via an internship. He started out at The Howard Stern Show, but it was his gig on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that propelled him gaily forward. Mr. Leno apparently liked Ross’s enthusiasm and chirpy demeanor and gave him on-air assignments which proved popular with The Tonight Show’s middle brow/elderly audience. Since then, Ross Mathews has become a minor media star and frequently appears on Chelsea Handler’s show; on E! as a correspondent; and continues his gigs on Leno. He’s also written a memoir, “Man Up! Tales of my Delusional Self-Confidence” available in finer bookstores.
The native Washingtonian (it’s amusing to note that Mr. Mathews and right wing dipstick Glenn Beck are both from the same town…) will be paying Seattle a visit on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at The Neptune Theatre in the University District. (It’s an All-Ages show but The Neptune has a bar for the 21+ crowd.) Tickets are still available.
As stated earlier, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone gay admit to being a Ross Mathews fan…he’s a bit too genial and shrilly soft spoken to appeal to queer culture. We tend to like our humor a bit more biting and acerbic. Maybe Ross is a lot dirtier and dark in live performance? (We have our doubts…)
But, it might be a great show to take your aging parents or that bland, straight friend who finds most gay humor too naughty and mean-spirited.