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Peppermint barks while Broadway bangs, and all the other dish to start the week
by Billy Masters

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"I love Broadway. I love what they do—Broadway Cares, but I also want to say the show is extraordinary!"

—Nicole Kidman's impromptu speech after bidding $100K to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for Hugh Jackman's hat after a performance of The Music Man. For that price, she should get to take Hugh home...Keith would be thrilled!

It's that time of the year I both long for and dread. Yes, it's peppermint bark season. I had to go to Kohl's to make an Amazon return, and there it was—an entire wall of Ghirardelli's luscious peppermint temptresses bathed in both white and milk chocolate. I managed to walk by the display without succumbing to the siren's call—although I felt like I gained 10 pounds by just looking at it. My will was strong...until I made my Amazon return and got a Kohl's five-dollar coupon. Peppermint Bark and a coupon? I'm only human. I bought my first bag of the season and, while I have managed to eat it both judiciously and deliciously, I sense this is the beginning of the end.

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season—well, everyone except for CVS and the Hallmark Channel, where Christmas starts around July 4! But what kicks off Thanksgiving? The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, naturally.

The parade often features a variety of Broadway performances—well, performances whose audio tracks were pre-recorded under studio conditions. If there's one thing Lea Michele can do, it's lip-sync! Her number even featured some less-than-compelling drum-syncing with drumsticks a foot from banging anything. If there's one thing I know about, it's banging!

Broadway history is about to be made. Jinkx Monsoon—a Drag Race alum—will be making her Broadway debut in Chicago. Well, that's no big surprise—several cocks in frocks have trod the boards as Mary Sunshine. But Jinkx will not be taking on the role of the gender-bending reporter. She'll play Matron "Mama" Morton, making her the first drag queen to assume that role on Broadway (I'm sure it was played by some men in various prison productions). "I cannot stress enough that this has been a lifelong dream of mine. To be making my Broadway debut, as my favorite role, in one of my favorite shows—that lifelong dream is coming true and then some." Her eight-week run begins Jan. 16.

I thought I knew everything there was to know about Greg Louganis. We've known each other for years, and he's been on "Billy Masters LIVE" before. But our hour-long chat turned into a 90-minute in-depth interview about everything from ancestry to auctions, diving to dogs. If you missed it, head on over to our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV, or simply click on

I've wanted to do something special to pay tribute to Leslie Jordan. His final episode of Call Me Kat will air Dec. 1. So at 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. CST on Nov. 30, "Billy Masters LIVE" will chat with Leslie's on-screen love interest, John Griffin, as well as a few other special friends. As always, you can join in the fun on our YouTube channel, Billy Masters TV, or on

Russell Tovey has revealed how he feels about straight men playing gay—he finds it hot! While discussing his role on American Horror Story, he said, "There is an anxiety that kicks in that you go, 'This is a straight guy. I'm a gay guy, openly, and we're going to be kissing now.' And we did it, and then his tongue slipped in, and then they cut and he went to me, 'I just slipped my tongue in there—is that all right?' I said, 'If it's all right with you.' The next time we did it, I was like, 'This guy is up for it! This guy's committed. I absolutely love this, let's go for it!' So then we are like eating each other's face, tongue in each other's face. At one point I thought, 'I'm going to spit in his mouth. No, don't do that. That's too much.' I had to hold back. There's where you get in trouble." I think I'd have some trouble holding back with Tovey!

It's time for the first installment of "Billy's Holiday Gift Giving Suggestions." Traditionally, my first gift is the annual collectible holiday ornament from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year, the honoree is Billy Porter, dressed as Lola in Kinky Boots. What a festive way to kick off the holiday season—and deck your halls with a bit of fabulousness. Grab it at .

Our "Ask Billy" question comes from Randy in Providence: "What do you know about the new guy in 'Take Me Out'? I saw it on Broadway last summer. Is it worth going back again?"

That depends if you can't get enough of Jesse Williams' semi-fluffed dick bobbing about (to say nothing of the fact that he can act, too). If you're going just to see that, you can look at the exclusive footage on . If you need some fresh meat, a return trip might be in order. The person taking over for Patrick J. Adams is Bill Heck—who has a heck of a body...of work. Heck, his body's pretty fantastic too. And wait till you see his ass...also on our website.

When we're recommending anything related to a sport, we've definitely come to the end of yet another column. Of course, I do have a penchant for balls, which you can always find on—the site for pitchers and catchers alike. If you're looking to slide into home, drop a line to and I promise to get back to you before peppermint bark goes on sale! Until next time, remember, one man's filth is another man's bible.

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