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Michael Musto Roast 'Fork on Left, Knife in Back' Benefits Callen-Lorde

Thursday May 18, 2017

on Monday, May 22nd at the Actors Temple, Lug Nut Entertainment and the popular dating app SCRUFF present "Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back: Broadway Roasts Michael Musto," a one-night-only charitable event that will honor the pop culture journalist as it raises funds for Callen-Lorde, the vital community Health Center that provides sensitive, quality healthcare and related services targeted to New York's LGBT communities.
Film and television star Rosie O'Donnell will kick off the evening with host, Emmy Award Winner Bruce Vilanch. Comedian Judy Gold will lend a hand as Rachel Klein directs the evening's events. Actress Mindy Cohn of "Facts of Life" will be there, as will viral sensation Randy Rainbow.

Special guests include actor Michael Urie; Tony Award nominated actress Orfeh; New York Post journalist Michael Riedel; SCRUFF creator Johnny Skandros; TV personality Luann De Lesseps; Season 5 Winner of "Ru Paul's Drag Race" Jinkx Monsoon; Sultry siren of "Avenue Q" Lucy the Slut (and her talented puppet handler Elizabeth Ann Berg) and Insult Comedian and Winner of "Ru Paul's Drag Race" Season 6 Bianca Del Rio!  

The evening will also feature special video appearances by Alan Cumming, Micky Boardman, Drew Elliott, Lynn Yaeger, Kenyon Phillips, Frankie Grande, Jesse Green, Patrick Pacheco, Susan Haskins, Cheyenne Jackson, Jackie Hoffman, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Doug Wright, John Waters and Perez Hilton. 
These stars of theater, television, film, journalism, tech and social activism will pay homage to Musto by mercilessly hurling a slew of absolutely cruel, vicious and tasteless jabs at him (and at each other) -- all of which he's agreed to endure in order to raise money for the vital services that Callen-Lorde offers to the LGBTQ community in NYC. 
Musto is the long-running writer known from the Village Voice (where he wrote the popular "La Dolce Musto" column for 29 years and is currently a correspondent), (where he writes the weekly "Musto! The Musical!" column), Paper, and the New York Times "Styles" section.

He is a well known commentator on all things pop culture-related on CNN and CNN International, is a recurring panelist on Logo's "Cocktails & Classics" movie show, and is a regular on Theater Talk. Musto -- who's won seven Glam awards for Best Nightlife Writer and was named to the Out 100 of influential LGBTs -- has written four books: the non-fiction guide "Downtown," the roman-a-clef "Manhattan on the Rocks," and the collections "La Dolce Musto," and "Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back." He rides a bike even through blizzards, and is proud to say it's a girl's bike from KMart.

Lead comedy writer Erik Ransom is a composer, playwright, librettist and performer with a diverse body of work. His musical, "More Than All the World," inspired by Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II," will be presented in the reading series at the Drama Desk award-winning York Theatre Company in March 2016.

His smutty opus, "GRINDR The Opera" premiered in concert in Spring 2014 and had a high profile staged reading hosted by Randy Jones (The original cowboy from the Village People) in April 2015.

Callen-Lorde is the global leader in LGBTQ healthcare. Since the days of Stonewall, the organization has been transforming lives in LGBTQ communities through excellent comprehensive care, provided free of judgment and regardless of ability to pay. In addition, it continuously pioneers research, advocacy and education to drive positive change around the world.

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services targeted to New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities -- in all their diversity -- regardless of ability to pay. To further this mission, Callen-Lorde promotes health education and wellness, and advocates for LGBT health issues.

Callen-Lorde's grassroots heritage dates back over 40 years to the St. Mark's Community Clinic and the Gay Men's Health Project, two volunteer-based clinics that provided screening and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases. These clinics merged in 1983 to form Community Health Project, a mostly volunteer-staffed, episodic care program housing the nation's first community-based HIV clinic.

"Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back: Broadway Roasts Michael Musto" will be held on Monday, May 22 at 8 p.m. at the Actors Theater Temple, 339 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036.

Ticket prices range from 60$ to $175 and can be purchased at


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