Thursday, December 22, 2016

Remembering the Gayest Holiday TV Special Ever Made: "Chalet 2000!"

I've been highlighting various Christmas/wintertime specials that hold special spots in my heart. I wrote earlier this week about one of the most unintentionally gay Christmas specials in history. Here is the most intentionally gay wintertime special in history: "Chalet 2000!" It was created back in the 1990s by Scott Thompson and the Kid in the Hall.

To be clear, this wasn't a Christmas special. Instead, it takes place on Night Day (AKA December solstice AKA the shortest day/longest night of the year). So if I'd really planned this, I would have written this yesterday!

Here's the basics: Plagued by scandal, Queen Elizabeth flees for sanctuary with her longtime friend, Buddy Cole, in the Northwest Territories of Canada. There they are joined by Buddy's French trapper friends Jacques and Francois, his two handsome and scantily clad boytoys Rebel and Sinbad, his uninspired butler Pierre, and his adoptive son Castor the Beaver! Buddy pushes the Queen into a romantic affair with Castor -- just in time for one final scandal by the scurrilous paparazzi Lanky Dean! Will the Monarchy survive "Chalet 2000"???

Did I mention that Rebel is played by Dayo Ade, who starred as BLT in "Degrassi Junior High" and "Degrassi High?"

Did I mention that Rip Taylor makes a surprise cameo appearance towards the end?

The full episode of "Chalet 2000" can be found at this link.

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