Seth MacFarlane Brings the Gays to the Oscars
On a Sunday night at the beginning of Februrary 2013, my phone rang at 1130pm. It was the director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), a group of which I am a proud member. Seeing that there are over 250 members in the chorus, it was both surprising and perplexing to get a phone call so late from the director. I answered the call and was told that I was needed on a particular date for a very high profile performance that could not yet be revealed, but I should absolutely say yes. I, along with the rest of the chorus found out the next night at rehearsal that the mysterious performance was for the Oscars with Seth MacFarlane and that they could only take 20 members to sing. Those who received a late night phone call would be part of the group. Needless to say, we all shat.
The Sunday before the performance we arrived at Capitol Records. Due to security reasons we were given music without words to rehearse before this date. As we walked in we were handed the scores to what turned out to be a number called We Saw Your Boobs. Yeah. After we got the recording, all the scores were collected and Seth stood in the doorway and shook all of our hands. I was the last one to leave and, never being able to help myself, shook Seth’s hand and said “I’ve never been so excited about boobs in my entire life.” Truer words have still never been spoken. We then filmed the segment on stage at the Dolby several days later.
Not only was this an experience I will never forget, but it was undoubtedly one of the most pivotal events in the chorus’s history. What a privilege to be a part of the history of such a deserving organization.
To watch the performance via the Huffington Post, click here.