This month, Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin was honored at "A Cracked X-Mas 5," Hollywood's fifth annual comedy benefit for The Trevor Helpline, a national crisis number for gay youth. But while gay friendly stand-ups including Anthony Clark (Yes, Dear) got yuks on stage, the best laughs were outside on the red carpet!
Billy Campbell who played a gay gynecologist in the Tales TV movies apparently didn't know what sort of benefit he'd shown up to! As the Once and Again hunk told Party Boy: "My manager called me and said they're honoring Armistead, and I said, 'I don't want the details! Tell me where and what time, and I'll go!' I don't know anything about this event, to tell you the truth. I should've boned up before I came."
Overhearing our chat, Maupin interjected with: "Boned up? Don't put it that way, Billy!" In turn, Campbell scolded the dirty-minded Maupin, calling him a "sassy monkey." Simmer down, boys!
But things got much naughtier inside. While accepting his lifetime achievement award on stage, Maupin waxed philosophical however randomly so on the topic of gay pride: "I watched the E! True Hollywood Story on Louie Anderson," he said, "and I thought he handled his scandale with great dignity."
Yikes! Well kids, the audience was aghast, since Anderson himself was on hand to host the evening's live auction! As you can imagine, the ex-Family Feud host probably didn't enjoy having his past troubles with a blackmailing hustler dredged up at a time like this. However, like a good sport, Anderson kept his holiday spirit and donated $11,000 out of his own pocket during the auction. Louie, you're a class act.
Happily, the The Drew Carey Show's cast kept the mood light by doing some hilarious improv. And The Practice's Dylan McDermott summed things up most diplomatically: "It's really important to support Trevor, for teens who feel isolated and have nowhere to go and no one to turn to."
The Trevor Helpline is available to gay and questioning youth nationwide at (800) 850-8078.