Michael Urie on Why You Need to Watch the Classics With Him

by Stacy Lambe 6:00 AM PST, December 04, 2015
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When it comes to classic cinema -- the campier, the better. Or, in some cases, it’s just about having enough cocktails to make them fun!

On Logo’s Cocktails and Classics, actor and host Michael Urie combines the two for a throwback viewing experience akin to Mystery Science Theater 3000, but for a gay audience. Urie and his panel of guests share never-before-heard stories, tons of dish, and plenty of sass to make you the king (or queen) of trivia night. Of course, the booze is free-flowing, helping the conversation along.

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But, for Urie, it’s also catching up a younger generation of viewers who haven’t necessarily watched all of the classics. “If you’ve seen it, we all need to watch it together, and if you haven’t, you need to watch it and I need to watch you watch it,” he tells ETonline. “That’s how we picked the movies. It’s like, you either have to watch All About Eve or I take away your gay card.”

“We’re doing you a service,” he adds.

Ultimately, the guzzle-and-gab creates a shared community for fans of these movies. “I grew up in Texas and I had this best friend and we watched movies together,” the Ugly Betty star explains. “It wasn’t until I moved to New York as an adult that I realized that I wasn't the only one obsessed with these movies. There’s something special about that. What are the odds that flop became a cult classic within the gay community?”

When asked about the movies that all fans must watch, for Urie, it all starts with the disaster flicks. “The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno -- those two disaster movies were really big for me,” he says before touching on a list of other staples, including Big Business, Soapdish, Steel Magnolias, The First Wives Club, Valley of the Dolls, and Mommie Dearest.

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On Sunday, Urie and his guests -- RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Shangela, comic actor (and Chloe Sevigny impersonator) Drew Droege, and SiriusXM’s Jessica Shaw -- will gather together for a screening of Funny Girl. Joining them will be Omar Sharif, Jr., the grandson of Omar Sharif, who starred opposite Barbra Streisand in the 1968 musical.

In an exclusive clip from the show, Sharif, Jr. opens up about watching his late grandfather’s film. “From the age of five to 15, I must have seen the movie 100 times,” he says, revealing his mother would play it for him after his parents got divorced. “He’s so much in real life like he is in the film.”

“There’s no doubt I was going to be gay after watching this one,” Sharif, Jr. quips over pillow talk with Urie. 

Watch Funny Girl and more classics on Sunday starting at 8 p.m. only on Logo.