In his latest video for HuffPost Queer Voices, Sayre opens up about his lifelong fascination with the classic 1958 film, starring Rosalind Russell as a free-spirited, eccentric Mame Dennis left to care for her orphaned nephew. While nearly 60 years have passed since its release, “Auntie Mame” continues to win over new generations of gay fans, Sayre notes.
Recalling how a friend once compared him to the iconic character, Sayre said, “My dream had come true, because to me, to be Mame Dennis is the goal of this whole adventure ... in every single respect!”
Sayre’s “International Order of Sodomites” (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for “The Meeting,” a variety show honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. The holiday edition of “The Meeting” hits Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York on Dec. 18.
You can check out Sayre’s comedy album, “The Gay Agenda,” here. Meanwhile, the latest episode of “Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre,” the official I.O.S. podcast, was released in August featuring an interview with Golden Girls Forever author Jim Colucci.