Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! Folsom, Folsom, Folsom! [VIDE0]

In what may be their most clever promotion ever, today the Folsom Street Fair released a Bob Fosse-inspired video in which leather-clad dancers evoke Sweet Charity‘s famed Rich Man’s Frug and other familiar dance routines. You will enjoy this but you probably do NOT want to watch it at the office. Wherever you do watch it, put it on full-screen.

  • Princess Lardass

    Did you find this video on LaBarbera’s AFTAH Homepage?

    • Princess Lardass

      In all honestly, cool video!

  • Daffyd

    Just proves the point that leather is just drag… I mean, MARY, those dance moves are FABulous! That’s supposed to make people want to go to Folsom?

    Folsom has officially jumped the shark…

    • Everything is drag – DUH.

      • Daffyd

        I believe it’s crossdressing – DUH

        • clay

          It’s a saying– you’re born naked, everything else is drag.

          • Christopher


          • LonelyLiberal

            Personally, I’d rather go like my grandfather, quite peacefully in his sleep.

            Unlike like the passengers in the car he was driving, who died screaming.

          • Christopher


            Love it!

          • perversatile
          • motordog

            I heard a slightly different version: “We come into this world naked, screaming, and covered in blood…the fun doesn’t have to end there!”

          • Christopher


            Couple that with perversatile’s Jesus with a whip (down below) and it sounds like a good night out on the town. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Daffyd

            Know the saying. Still doesn’t make me wanna go to Folsom. Stopped going the year I had to avoid all the straight people with their kids wandering around gawking at everything… Maybe some Gay guys get off on that… this video hasn’t made me want to go back….

            Nowadays, South of Market is just Costco, Trader Joes and tech geeks 24/7 anyway…

          • brian

            Get thee out of the bitter aisle and enjoy yourself.

          • David From Canada

            Drag queens and Leather guys. Not my kind of party, but to each his own.
            The video is testing people’s sensibilities.

          • Strepsi

            but the lead dancer is fuzzy sex on a stick!

          • Rich Farias

            The shot near the beginning where you could see the fur on the back of his neck…


          • BobSF_94117

            I’ve never been part of the leather scene — as intriguing as it may sometimes appear — but I’ve always known enough — and been considerate enough — to stay away…

    • Capritaur

      I’m enticed to go.

    • perversatile

      no doubt, cousin Oliver will be there

  • Kristofer Weston

    So well done and great production values!

  • BearEyes

    For a hot second, I expected them to start singing “Thriller”.
    Though I did enjoy the nod to Busby Berkeley/June Taylor

    But … it’s been a long day and I’m only on my first drink.

  • So sexy!

  • Sam_Handwich

    yuck, no thanks

    • Gustav2

      I know, we just finished dinner and the husband just brought me coffee and Nilla Wafers

      • clay

        Coffee? After 4:00 pm? Why don’t you just broadcast to world that you’re planning on fucking tonight?

        [clutches pearls]

        • Daffyd

          Now THAT comment is better than the video! hehehe

        • The Larry Mac

          I can drink coffee ’til the cows come home. And frankly, they’ve been staying out pretty late recently.

          (for the record, no activities planned, my parents are visiting)

    • JCF

      Different strokes {whip!} for different folks…

  • dcurlee

    I’ve got to watch again. I think I saw Porno Pete in one of the scenes ๐Ÿ˜œ

  • Bluto

    Take it away, Mr. Takei.

  • MattM

    Is Folsom fun? This year is my first time going.

    • clay

      Not as “fun” as Up Your (Dore) Alley.

      • MattM

        Well I missed that this year. By coincidence, I drove by it on my way back into town.

  • tomfromthenews

    Not only “Rich Man’s Frug”. I found it derivative of Fosse’s “Take Off With Us” from All That Jazz. (The dark, second half of that song.)

    • Lars De

      I was 12 years old and made my father take me to the theater to see “All That Jazz”. At the height of “Take Off With Us” he asked me, “What kind of filth is this”. I immediately replied, “Shut up, I need to see this”. He waited in the lobby for me until it ended and he never questioned my viewing tastes again. He also never accompanied me to another movie.

      • you humble me. my father and i enjoyed that film several times together. he loved musicals.

        • Lars De

          My father loved musicals also, as long as they kept their clothes on. For the womanizing bigamist that he was he certainly was prudish about nudity in film.

      • tcinsf

        At 12? I am humbled.

        • Lars De

          I originally went just for the dancing. I returned many times for the “group fun, fun, fun plan”.

      • Rich Farias

        I think I was about 12 or 13 the first time I saw it, too… although I watched it on PBS, not in the theater.

  • rusty57

    Even our bacchanals are choreographed!

    And that was a nice palate cleanser after reading about that odious Kim Davis.

    • perversatile

      Good choreography,
      correct table seating,
      a beautiful floral arrangement,
      the selection of one’s escorts
      for tonight’s orgy, et al.
      It all comes down to
      Selection and Placement or~
      What you got and where you gonna put it ;@)

      • Madeline… absolute goddess!

        • perversatile

          Gold Lame’
          has never been worn,
          the way
          Madeline Kahn
          wears Gold Lame’.
          Gold Lame’ should just retire

          • JW Swift

            It’s twoo! It’s twoo!

        • JCF

          I was just thinking of her today. My absolute FAVE:

          • perversatile

            In advance I apologize for the video quality
            This SNL skit (among several dozen other reasons) is why
            my lil’ sister is called “Pwencess Pee-Pee Pants”


  • Webslinger
    • Daffyd

      At least Robin didn’t take himself seriously doing Fosse imitations. Been to Folsom many times… Never saw the Folsom Fosse choreography booth.

    • JCF

      “Michael Kidd! Michael Kidd!
      Twyla Tharp! Twyla Tharp!”

    • Rambie

      I loved that scene and the, “He can’t chew gum while I’m SINGING!” part.

  • Fabulous… although when it suddenly reminded me of Julie Andrews’s big “I’m going to show my boobies!” number from S.O.B I have to confess to having a giggle…

    • BearEyes

      A classic scene from a classic actress.
      Love her.

  • BobSF_94117

    Oh, my.

  • Cuberly

    Oh yeah…two snaps and a twist for that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • DetailBear

      I love the graphic. Thank you for posting it, but in the interests of accuracy, I have to note that that is a “two snaps … and a backfield in motion”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Cuberly

        Yeah, I took liberties with that. Did a search for two snaps and a twist but couldn’t find a good gif. So went with this instead……but um, backfield? (raises eyebrow)

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  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I have to admit, it was well done……though, as a leather Sir myself, I’m not sure it would work for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Capritaur

      There’s a fabulous little gay boy in EVERY leatherman I know, and I know many ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        True enough, I just can’t dance like that ๐Ÿ™‚

      • perversatile

        and dare I say~
        the inverse of that sentence,
        just as true, tho not as often.

    • Strepsi

      That lead is great! And sooo my type, front AND back…

  • BobSF_94117

    Either the S&M crowd is a lot more lighthearted than they used to be or someone’s gonna get spanked!

    Well, I suppose either way someone’s gonna get spanked…

  • Schlukitz

    If Larry Townsend olde guard leather scene guru were still around today, he would be furiously fingering the pages of his Leatherman’s Handbook and checking to see if this is behavioir befitting of the leather community. LOL

    • perversatile

      Larry is spinning in his grave so hard,
      we could hook a turbine to his coffin,
      and generate enough power for the entire state

      • Schlukitz


      • e jerry powell

        Is that a bad thing? Renewable energy is never bad.

        • perversatile

          not at all~
          can you imagine a dynamo fueled by
          faux -rage,
          pearl clutchery,
          rabid christian rhetoric,
          the gaseous emissions from the elected officials?!
          A future where we could drive our Prius
          up to a One million Mom,
          shove a power cable up her ass,
          push a few buttons, five minutes later ,
          you’re fully charged,
          and on the road, to clean air,
          freedom from an oil based economy,
          the reduction of our shared carbon footprint.
          You’re on the road to a better future.

    • Rich Farias

      Well, to be fair, Townsend wrote “The Leatherman’s Handbook” with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.

      Or possibly with a sub’s tongue firmly planted between his cheeks… or vice versa…

      Well, anyway, tongues and cheeks were involved.

  • BobSF_94117

    Well, hello, Colin Cunliffe! My, my.

  • Christopher

    That may very well be the best video I’ve ever seen!


  • e jerry powell

    Reads more like Chicago‘s “Cell Block Tango” to me. With little hints of “Take Off With Us” from All That Jazz.

    Yes, I am just that gay.

    • I thought it was just me! I was thinking the same thing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JCF

      I thought of “Take Off With Us” too! All That Jazz was my first EVER R-rated movie: saw it in theater (new release) for my 15th birthday (Yes, my mom took me: hey, it was a musical, wasn’t it? FTR, she liked it.)

      • e jerry powell

        Your mom liked a musical with TITTIES IN IT! And Roy Scheider’s NAKED ASS! And all the “fucks” and “shits” that Fosse could get past the MPAA (which is saying something, considering the film he put our right before was Lenny — oh, Cliff Gorman, how we miss you).

        All That Jazz is most definitely in my Top Five All-Time. I’ve seen it more than I’ve seen Steel Magnoliax, and I’ve lived my entire life in the South, so I’ve seen Steel Magnolias a lot.

        Angelique was Jessica Lange’s film debut. Too bad she went out with Ryan Murphy, considering how she came in with Fosse.

        Ben Vereen went on a concert tour about the time I started high school (maybe a half-decade after All That Jazz) and had a fair amount of Fosse material in the set list, unsurprisingly,. No Annie Reinking for the Bye-bye Life finale, but we can’t have everything in a road show.

        • lymis

          I know it’s a typo, but now I find myself really, really, wanting to see Steel Magnoliax.

          Sounds like Steel Magnolias meets the Terminator.

    • Daveed_WOW

      All the gay is in the hips.

    • CityWOOF

      Exactly right.

    • Rrhain

      The rhythmic beginning was a nod to “Cell Block Tango” (I was waiting for voices to have some sort of rework of “Pop, Six, Squish, Uh-uh, Cicero, Lipschitz,” but it never came) but the ponying (from the ponies) is straight out of “The Aloof” section of “Rich Man’s Frug.”

  • TSkot

    Well if they want people to stay away from Folsom, that’s the way to do it. Antithesis of sexy.

  • noni

    Meanwhile the hideous and sadistic San Francisco police at work.

    14 police to hold down a man, black of course, with a prosthetic leg. They refuse to pull his pants up so he lays naked on the street while cops put pressure on his fake leg as he begs for them to stop as his leg is infected (common) from the prosthetic leg rubbing on his stump. No mercy from the cops as they continue their sadism on yet another citizen.

    They have him handcuffed and dislodged his leg, what is he going to do if they let him up? Could he even get up?

    Is this the best San Francisco can do for a police department. They call it policing?

    This is assault and truly pathetic.

    • ZhyKitty

      I’m in tears watching this… so sick…so barbaric…
      They probably won’t even be reprimanded for this utterly disgusting brutality.

      That poor man!

      • noni

        I would like to see the gay pride parades and gay organizations morphing to take on other minority causes.

        I think they started somewhat with the immigration issue, but it appears that fell away, however a black lives matter type inclusion would carry the promise of human liberation from the pathetic set up we have going on with all minorities. This police sickness needs to end now that we see it that it is very clearly deliberate and has been going on forever.

  • 2amor

    I just love, love being gay!!! Now, how can we post this to the main page of the Family Research Counsels website.

    • Christopher

      It would be great if Anonymous could make it to where FRC couldn’t take it down.

      • 2amor

        I am not sure who Anonymous is but I’ll start a “Go Fund Me” account for him/her if this is at all possible…….

    • Michael Rush

      waiting for the review from one million moms .

  • jerrydoubleu .

    did not like it

  • ZhyKitty


  • Uncle Sal

    About as sexy as cruising the women’s room at Lord & Taylor’s! Good Lord, are the leather boys not even pretending to be men anymore?

    • Piet

      Forty years ago it was just the same. You would be in the bar at the opera house and two leather men would get into it on each other as to the respective merits of one soprano over another, snapping their black leather suspenders and double-checking their leather bow ties were straight. The sibilants chased the ‘Mary’s chased the hips all over the room. It’s why I love leather men — they smell so good and they’re mostly just puddytats at heart. It’s all play, man.

      • Strepsi

        ^ this.

      • Uncle Sal

        Overheard on the street in Provincetown many, many years ago, Fabulous Drag Queen to Completely decked out leather queen. . .
        “Honey, the only difference between you and me is I dress up and pretend to be a woman and you dress up and pretend to be a man!”

        Never forgot it.

  • Octavio

    I find this video spot on. Can’t tell you how many leather aficionados I know who suffered years of tap and modern Jazz classes when they were children.

  • anne marie in philly

    sweet mother of pearl! (fans herself) such dance moves!

  • Duh-David

    I adore everything dancer/choreographer Danny Dolan does.

  • Bj Lincoln

    That was very cool. I’m a big fan of Fosse. Now do it again with all women.

    • ZhyKitty

      Can we still have some Drag Queens too, please?
      I do so love to watch the Glamazons…

      • perversatile

        Hey Zhykitty-
        check out this magical little critter
        silly joyful silly fun

        • Six Pins Delores

          He’s got a new fan!

          • ZhyKitty

            Precious, isn’t he? : )

          • Six Pins Delores

            Precious YES. Hope he makes something of it!

        • ZhyKitty

          Practicing for his future audition on RuPaul’s Drag Race!
          A boy can dream, eh?

          • perversatile

            Adorable is exactly the right word.
            the rest of his youtube stuff is as equally good-
            especially his AnneBancroft monologue.

      • …and I do so love an audience.

        …oh, wait…

        • ZhyKitty

          I hope you meant that the way I think you did.
          If you did….you’ve always got an huge fan in your virtual audience here! : )

  • Paul_in_Dallas

    Fosse, yes. But perhaps it’s a greater homage to Chuck Arnett?

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Just like everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day in March, everyone is a leather daddy (or leather queen!) at the Folsom Street Fair in September. Ah, that video brings me back. The smell of the leather! The crack of a whip! The supple curves of a muscled chest.

    Those were the days. When I lived there, I mean.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Not everyone is a Leather Queen at the Folsom Street Fair. Some of us are Rubber Dolls.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        and last year…

        • David From Canada

          It Came From Mars…….

          • Rebecca Gardner

            No. Men are from Mars. I came from Venus. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Christopher

            Work it girl!!!

          • Rebecca Gardner

            At my age I try to work it as much as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • clay

            Ah, Vienna, I’ve always heard it’s nice. And don’t they have that big costume party?

        • Strepsi

          WHY is this not your avatar? Swexy!!!

      • Brian in Valdosta

        (tee hee) I was hoping that someone would chime in with additions and embellishments to what I said!! Thank you!

  • royinhell

    There’s a lot of Fosse going on here- but I think the most appropriate homage bit is “Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar” from Big Deal.


    An instant classic. This is why we homosexuals are fabulous. Bravo.

    • pch1013

      Yaaassss! As the kids say these days.

      If only the back room of the Hole in the Wall was like that for realz!

  • Ish

    That was fun.

  • zhera

    Oh my!

  • I want those BOOTS!! Where did that bitch get those BOOTS!!

  • Circle Thomas

    I’m such a bad gay–all I could think about was that 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible…

    Which, as it turns out, was originally used on THE BRADY BUNCH.

    • BobSF_94117

      Brady Bunch? That’s just wrong on so many levels.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Leather Daddies and boys, we present: Folsom the Musical.

    • JCF

      AND grrls!

  • thevofl

    I was so set to hate it, but damn they really did a great job. Don’t know if this will convince anyone to go to the Fair, but this is FABULOUS!

  • JCF

    I admit, I guffawed at the Ass-Go-Round. Very well done, all around.

  • Henry Horton

    Too funnee! Reminds me of something that happened to me about 10 years ago in my 70 y.o innocence of the time at my second BDSM event (had stumbled into the first by happenstance.) It’s a GREAT story but due to major relational constraints i cannot tell here or anywhere…oh wait there’s an “ex priest “in my karass and once a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, WELL there’s the seal of confession…that oughta work and end the pressure to blab!

  • Guest

    That was fun. I know it’s a bit rude, but I get the feeling that there were maybe only a few actual dancers in that whole advertisement. Am I right? Or should I lower my standards?

  • JCF


    Joe, since you post so many trailers, “for your consideration” [Gay men, drink up the mid-(20th)century Modern, if not the lesbian lovestory! ;-)]

  • unclemike

    Wow, I am reeeeally vanilla.

  • Blobby

    this might have more people signing up for dance classes than going to Folsom.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      If my dance partner looked like the lead in this little number, then count me in!!

  • KP

    You’d think Folsom Street fair had devolved into a tacky drag queen affair……oh wait.

  • Pup Razcal

    For the naysayers, I think this comes down to a question about what Folsom represents. Is the street fair about the old guard global view of the leather scene? Or is it about San Francisco’s SOMA leather scene? I absolutely love the video. It is filled with some of SOMA’s finest entertainers and presented in a very San Francisco style. It is playful and sexy. It is dirty and polished. The true future of Folsom may not truly include choreography – but it will certainly include a lot of celebration. And that is what I see here .