Comedy Central eyes a Straight Plan

Thanks to Comedy Central’s Straight Plan for the Gay Man, three gay men achieve their dreams of becoming a blue-collar meatpacker, competitive basket-ball player, and bar-hopping, smooth-talking babe magnet. It also mocks and shatters the straight male stereotypes while “embracing” the phenomenon that has swelled over Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Straight Plan for the Gay Man has four straight comedians, the “Flab 4” (Curtis Gwynn, Billy Merritt, Kyle Grooms, and Rob Riggle), working with a gay man to achieve his small-but-important dream of pulling the wool over the straight world’s eyes for a day. In the three one-hour episodes, viewers will meet three different gay men and learn about that one thing they’ve always wanted to check off their to-do lists.

The gay men include Jonathan, an up-scale fashion salesman who’s always wanted to understand the life of a blue-collar worker; Roger, a quirky yoga instructor who has always dreamed of competing in a pick-up basketball game; and Stephen, a hip singer/dancer with tons of female friends, who’s always wondered if he’d be a smooth straight man when it comes to picking up the ladies.

Over the course of each episode, our “Flab 4” comics take their new gay friend under their wings and give him a crash course on the secrets of straight male life—a life that inevitably includes uglier clothes, a bare kitchen, and a healthy dose of false egotism to cover all personal failings—of which there are many.

At the end of each episode, the straight comics go undercover alongside their gay subject to see if they too can “pass” their tests.

Straight Plan for the Gay Man airs on Comedy Central ( on Monday, February 23, at 9 p.m., with a repeat at 11 p.m. —Troy Carrington


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