Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Camp-Archy in the U.K

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Camp-Archy in the U.K

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It's no surprise that hit sketch show Little Britain has a gay following, The bigger surprise is that its straight following is so huge, at least in the United Kingdom. The show, which is the brainchild of talented comics Matt Lucas, who is gay, and David Walliams, who is not, is also picking up steam here. The third season of Little Britain recently aired on BBC America, and the second season was just released on DVD.

Lucas and Walliams, speaking backstage at their touring U.K. stage show, are stunned at how many straight men lap up the antics of Dafydd, 'the only gay in the village"; Sebastian, the amorous assistant to the prime minister; and Emily Howard, an unconvincing transvestite who insists she's "a lady."

While Dafydd's homosexuality seems to be theoretical at this point, Lucas promises, "We are currently working on our Christmas special, and we're thinking of having him wake up next to a man."

Walliams thinks the show has been so widely embraced by the mainstream population in the United Kingdom because it follows a long-standing tradition of camp in British comedy, dating back at least to the Mr. …

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