Ever since NBC's Whoopi debuted, the sitcom has dropped winking references to "Don't Hide Love," Mavis Rae's one-hit wonder from her bygone pop star days. The snippets we've heard of the song are always catchy, but such a tease. We never get to hear the whole thing! Happily, Whoopi Goldberg performs it as Mavis — with accompaniment by the New York City Gay Men's Chorus — in tonight's episode at 8 pm/ET.
As Mavis Rae learns, "Don't Hide Love" has become a gay anthem over the years. So much so that her lesbian cousin wants Mavis Rae to sing it at her wedding in Mavis' hotel, which is simultaneously hosting a Republican shindig. Uh-oh! That's where issue-oriented comedy ensues...
"Gay marriage is something we've wanted to deal with for quite some time," says the Whoopster. "It's taken a little while to get the script just right for us. It's not an easy subject to deal with because everyone has an opinion. And so that's what the
British stand-up comic Omid Djalili feels perfectly natural in his role as Nasim, an Iranian hotel manager and handyman on Whoopi. That's ironic, since in real life, this 38-year-old father of three is the antithesis of Bob Vila. Translation: He's a total clutz!
"When they said I was playing a handyman, I thought, 'Oh God,'" Whoopi Goldberg's sidekick tells TV Guide Online. "My wife thinks it is the biggest joke. I can barely change a bulb. I changed a bulb once in 1998.
"I understand that women find it very attractive if [men can] do that," he adds with a chuckle. "So I'm actually trying to learn how to change fuses and put the right things in the plugs and that kind of thing. The people on the show don't know that I'm doing this, but I'm trying