It’s A Great Big Gay Orbitz World [VIDEO]

Comedian Randy Rainbow has parlayed his YouTube fame into a starring spot in the latest Orbitz commercial, which is a musical number costarring Margaret Cho, RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio, and Provincetown staple Miss Richfield 1981. Watch below.

  • kcken

    Randy is so much awesome. I can’t blame him for taking a bit of commercial money. He works hard.

    • MattPS

      Randy is my idea of a true National Treasure. His brilliant takes on the current administration–using show tunes, what else?–will be required viewing in future Civics classes for generations to come! His is a voice of sanity among so much insane cacaphony.

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  • Derrick Johns

    I enjoyed this so much. It’s a big musical number.

  • geoffalnutt

    Randy Rainbow is one of my favorite people on the planet. He needs to be a megastar.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Wait he’s not already a megastar? He is to me

    • another_steve
      • Derrick Johns

        It’s like buttah’
        Do you remember when the great Babs actually appeared on the SNL show with these make-believe Jewish gals?

        • another_steve

          Ohmigod do I remember. 😉

          Babs and I are practically siblings. Both culturally Jewish. Both born and raised in Brooklyn NY. I might have ended up attending high school with her were it not for the fact that I’m very smart and passed the written test for acceptance to Brooklyn Tech High School.

          (Which btw, fellow queer male Brooklynites reading here, was all male back then. Before they ruined it with that ‘co-ed’ shit.

          Thousands of gorgeous gorgeous boys.

          sigh)

          • Derrick Johns

            Well, Barbra Streisand is an American National Treasure. And she’s a fighter for progressive causes. We’re all gettin’ old now, aint we?

          • another_steve

            I googled. She just turned 75.

            O Sweet Jesus… May I be as active and as vibrant at age 75!

  • swimboy

    Good for him, and good for Orbitz! And as a bonus, it’s sure to piss off 1MM.

    • Nic Peterson

      The fact that non white, possibly non xstains were in the majority is sure to knot Monica’s knickers. Also teh ghey!

    • Danieruw

      Not the first time they’ve done it, though this one is much more subtle. I saw it on TV several times before I noticed the flag in the background at the beginning and the HRC logo on one of the shirts.

  • JoeMyGod

    Miss Richfield’s shows during Provincetown Bear Week are always a riot.

    • I really want to get up there some day.

    • edrex

      hubs and i ran into her late one night last summer while walking back to our ptown rental. far on the west end of commercial street. just the three of us. she was so sweet. we haven’t seen her shows before, but we’re determined to see her this summer when we return.

  • The_Wretched

    Whee! it’s a nice palete cleanser.

  • bkmn
  • Jeffrey

    Guess who spends the most money on travel? Hint: it’s not One Million moms.

    • Nic Peterson

      Um, coal miners? No?

    • netxtown

      Is this about that dead rabbit? 🙂

  • Lazycrockett
    • (((mentally adds Vermont to short list of states to move to if health insurance is lost and migraines go back to being untreated…)))

      • Treant

        I hate to suggest anything even faintly sounding like woo (although it does have actual double-blind testing and actual written papers). Riboflavin (B2), magnesium, and Co-Q10 all show promise as a migraine palliative.

      • bkmn

        It sure cut down on the amount of narcotics I used before and after my last joint replacement surgery – with far fewer side effects.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Heh, heh. You said, “joint” replacement. 😀

      • vorpal 😼

        I wish I liked pot… so many of my doctors have recommended it to me informally as being quite effective in Crohn’s and Crohn’s pain management.

        That being said, it is the drug I like the least. It just makes me confused, anxious, and keyed up. And yes, before everyone asks, I have tried a large variety of different strains all across the indica / sativa divide.

        The husband sure loves it and cannot get enough of it, though.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          Have you tried just using a strain with CBD and no THC?

          Most physicians aren’t that knowledgeable about marijuana. They only hear that it works so they suggest it to patients without much info.

          CBD is not a psychoactive like THC and it’s more effective for things like Crohn’s and the like. What many dispensaries push is THC dominant. Also, don’t smoke, infuse as an oil.

          Oh, and CBD and THC are in most strains, but through cultivation, the THC can be strained out.

          http://hightimes.com/medicinal/science/the-simple-answer-what-are-thc-cbd/

          • Lazycrockett

            Totally agree weed theses days is nothing like it use to be. Strains can be quite effective in getting rid of what you don’t like and what you do.

          • vorpal 😼

            I haven’t actually tried this yet. If my Crohn’s becomes genuinely problematic again in the future, I will definitely give it a go because you are not the first person that has mentioned this to me and had good things to say.

            EDIT: Thanks for the advice / post! I appreciate it!

            For now, things are controlled pretty well by tramadol as needed, and I’m a feline who loves his narcotics / opioids :D.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Is Tramadol any good? I’ve developed tendonitis in my left achilles tendon. The NSAIDs my docs prescribe do nothing except put my kidneys in peril. 500 mg coated aspirin works, but everyone balks when I tell them what I use to help control the pain.

          • vorpal 😼

            Not really. I would recommend ANY other opioid / narcotic pain med above it except possibly codeine, which is just too weak most of the time. Tramadol is an atypical opioid like Demerol (meperidine) and doesn’t just agonize u-opioid receptors, which is what brings pain relief: it also has effects on serotonin and norepinephrine, which is not good if all you’re after is pain relief, and has substantial risk of causing seizures at higher doses.

            NSAIDs are probably a better bet for you, since tendonitis has an inflammatory element to it, so I can see why your doctor recommended that. What were you taking? Naproxen? Maybe you just need a different one?

            If you can find a doctor willing to prescribe tramadol, I suppose it’s worth a try, but if you can get any morphinan traditional opioid instead, I would recommend THAT over tramadol. In Chile, though, tramadol is the ONLY opioid that doesn’t require mounds of paperwork to prescribe, and the laws about it are kind of lax.

            (Is 500 mg of ASA really a high dose? I don’t take aspirin as it’s bad for Crohn’s and I had a nasty reaction to it once, so my experience is limited.)

            I would much rather take a research chemical opioid that actually hammers pain flat out of existence, like U-47700, than tramadol or a non-opioid analgesic.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Naproxen doesn’t do a thing for me. Advil (Ibuprofin) only works it I have a headache and even then, not as well as aspirin — at least for me. My doc has given me three other NSAIDs, I should remember their names, but I’ve blithely forgotten them since they didn’t work. They did, however, cause elevated blood pressure, prickly sensations, destroyed my sense of taste and smell while I took one of them, and in all cases was instructed to stay of of the sun. However, no pain relief. 500 mg of enteric coated aspirin is considered dangerous. I take two, so 1000 mgs is even more so. at least according to most physicians. The main issue is aspirin in even low doses causes stomach pain leading to ulcers for most people. For me it doesn’t cause a problem. But I remember to always take it with food. It also thins blood rather well, much better than Wellbutrin which physicians seem to use for everything from lowering blood pressure to helping with smoking cessation to controlling blood clots in old farts my age. Wellbutrin also has just a nasty psychotherapeutic effect when used for treating depression.

            I’m convinced that high doses of aspirin (more than 350 mgs) is so effective in reducing pain, fever, swollen joint tissue and helping reduce strokes and heart attacks that it is not prescribed by doctors because pharmacy companies don’t make money from it. Unfortunately, the analgesic effects last only two hours or less. Taking high doses every two hours is not an option. But it sure does work for that one to two hours.

            From what I can tell, stuff like Paracetamol (acetaminophen) is pretty much a placebo. A placebo that fucks with you liver. But, hey. It’s just chemistry.

          • Grumpy Old Man

            I was on an all-day NSAID (I would go over to my medicine shelf to see but that would disturb my sweet Golden Goddes https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4095ee3196d1485da4abac834286fdabcbf8c7206c27089839d3688b62176da3.jpg Kitty who is sleeping peacefully) and developed incredible tinnitus. Once I stopped taking it, the tinnitus did not go away but the volume reduced to manageable levels – I am left with taking NORCO for pain (at least my doctor now prescribes it so I do not have to travel to Canada to buy the generic 2-2-2s).

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            Have you tried catnip? 😀

            Not much into the opioids myself however, I manage my pain myself these days with a mild script of Hydrocodone and I can actually function daily on it. Anything that helps, vorpal!

          • Grumpy Old Man

            YES!

      • narutomania

        My neurologist recommended that I procure some medical marijuana to help with my chronic migraines and other brain issues. So, it’s worked for you, eh? How do you take it? In smoke form or other?

    • bkmn

      I fully expect, as an act of desperation, when the walls are closing in on Trump, that he will order Sessy to crack down on pot – medical and recreational, to take attention off of himself.

  • DaddyRay

    Very entertaining – it needs to air as an ad on Fox news to give them all a coronary (Freedom Speech and all that)

    • kcken

      They’d probably block it. You know, do as we say, not as we do….

  • another_steve

    Commercial outreach to us fairies.

    • safari

      I’d imagine it’s appeal expands beyond the gay male. Randy’s quite talented.

      • another_steve

        Okay.

        Fairies and drag queens.

        (Edited to add: Ohmigod!! Am I allowed to say “drag queens”??)

        • clay

          and fruit flies
          and Jewish intellectuals
          and visiting suburban relatives.
          It’s not just for Gays anymore!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BHyfYiBt5o

          • another_steve

            LMAO.

            I can watch that a thousand times. It’s a classic.

          • BearEyes

            I’ve seen this several times and still thoroughly enjoy it each time.

  • Lazycrockett
    • She’s a national treasure.

    • DaddyRay

      I love Melissa – she is an excellent comedian. I am looking forward to SNL this Saturday

    • Derrick Johns

      LOL

  • Ernest Endevor

    Doesn’t Orbitz make mints? Or breath fresheners, or something. (Good for Randy.)

    • netxtown

      I was thinking lawn sprinklers…..

  • Blake J Butler

    Yes, yes, they’ve been playing this on LOGO for awhile now. First time i saw it was this week.

  • Todd

    Good for him! I look forward to each new RR video, and they never disappoint. I’m glad to see talent recognized and rewarded.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    It’s a big gay world, but Trump’s CBP might not make it easy to go see it and get back in.

    • clay

      As Bush 43’s border rules kept foreign post-grads from going to international conferences, Trump’s scared even American study abroad programs into contraction.

  • Treant

    And an anti-Trump sentiment buried right in there. You know it’s bad when even companies feel safe criticizing the President.

    • BearEyes

      nice little dig

  • Blake J Butler
  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Here’s some advice:: WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT USE ORBITZ. Had an absolutely nightmare experience where this company made an error in our tickets that left us stranded in Brazil. They have horrendous nightmarish surrreal “customer service” and will leave you on the phone on hold for LITERALLY (yes I know how to use that word) HOURS. Then transfer you to various non-English speakers to start the processs over again from scratch THIS IS THIER BIZ MODEL, and online research (post facto in our case unfortunately) showed that our experience was typical. Had to book entirely new tickets at our expense and never got any recourse from them despite additional attempts when back home. And they still have the gall to send me spam. Mofos. I’ve never had homicidal urges until on hold with fucking Orbitz. Even seeing the name triggers me. Consider yourself FOREwarned, ladies.

    • DaddyRay

      This is my recent experience with Orbitz – It is an understandable mistake because everyone knows a BMW 5 Series is just like a regular cab pickup truck

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6aeabd7d9ce03ad9e78e04c7d6b31b499dae9e674c9e906965cd2d3d6363cca9.png

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        I’m shocked you received advance notice! In our case we booked a return flight for a Monday and every confirmation and itinerary seny by this SHIT company confirmed what we we booked. But when we arrived at the airport we were told that our reservation was for Sunday. Every peice of paper we were sent said otherwise. It’s one thing to make a mistake but quite another to have ZERO customer service to redress. I’m a little nauseated that joe is posting commercials for this horrible company. If you look online, our experience is common.

        • Lars Littlefield

          See my post above. We used Orbitz to book flights from Grand Junction, CO, to Vegas, and then round trip from Vegas to Mexico City. No problems. Easy peasy and a little breezy. Of course, if they had screwed up our tickets I would have been as incensed as you are. Sorry for the bad experience.

          As for booking a car, we didn’t have any need for one. And I called the hotels we stayed in directly, negotiating better prices than anything Orbitz, Kayak, or Expedia would have found. Just talking to the front desk at Hotel Catedral and letting them know I couldn’t find them with a travel service let them know I was serious and the took my reservation, guaranteeing a double outer room with a street view for $45 a night. That was $15 less a night than what they list on their web site. I’ve never depended upon a travel site to find me good rates at a hotel. Much easier to just call the property, tell them what you’re looking at and negotiate directly. At least, that’s been my experience.

    • Jmdintpa

      EXACTLY i used to work for expedia and i can tell you customer service or taking responsibilty is not what they do. they want one thing.. your money. after that if something goes wrong you are on your own. BELIEVE ME

  • Nychta

    Somewhat OT: In addition to Randy Rainbow, I also follow Trae on YouTube. He just released this, and I’ve never seen him so riled up. Not that I blame him.
    https://youtu.be/z2wtXKVhhdM

    • DaddyRay

      Trae captured exactly how I felt last night

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Yup, his red was up, that’s for sure.

    • Stogiebear

      “That’s what Andrew Jackson would have wanted.” Priceless!

  • greenmanTN

    OT, but this topic seems light enough it isn’t too much of an intrusion… I know other people have posted this, but actor Tom Holland, a former star of Billy Elliot on the East End and the new Spider-Man, absolutely rocked a lip-sync of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and went hard at the gender-queer. Not comic drag, androgyny, with some amazing moves in the 2nd half. It’s worth a look.

    https://youtu.be/LqBiycUo_ew

    If you DON’T like it, I’m being held hostage, my Discus account was hacked, and the kittens did it but I thought they were joking! 😉

    • greenmanTN
    • safari

      That is amazing.

      • greenmanTN

        I am impressed by anyone who can sing dance well since I can’t do either. Some people dance on Broadway, I dance in the panic room just in case someone might be watching through a telescope.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Boy’s got moves.

    • CatApostrophe

      Ahh! I so needed that today! So good.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      That was fan-fucking-tastic. I seriously needed that today. Thanks!
      And yes, gender-queer is just a great way to describe it all. On a side note, if you don’t cry at least three times during any production of Billy Eliot, you have no soul. Personally, I effectively and completely lose my shit at each performance, even having seen it a number of times.

      • greenmanTN

        One of the songs Billy dances to in the movie is the Jam’s “A Town Called Malice.”

        I’m suing! I heard it first!

        https://youtu.be/KT6ZtUbVw1M

        (You get that I’m playing, right?)

  • narutomania

    Their appreciative looks as the almost-nude acrobat went tumbling by was priceless. But for me, the hunky buddhist in his saffron robes wins the day!! Rawr.

    • edrex

      let’s hear it for hunky buddhists!

  • Mora Arte

    Paul Reubens wants his look back 😉

    • Lars Littlefield

      Meredith Willson wants them to return his musical style back, too.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Coincidentally, we used Orbitz to get to and from Mexico this trip. Only Orbitz listed a round trip direct flight out of Las Vegas to Mexico City. We first had to jump on a South West flight from Grand Junction to Las Vegas, but that was only about 15 minutes (actually, 45 minutes flying time). Kayak was of no help whatsoever. However, at the counter in the airport, South West was a little huffy that we didn’t buy our SW tickets directly from them. We save $80 by not booking directly. LOL!

  • greenmanTN

    Maybe I’m wrong but it has always seemed to me that the POTUS has a true influence on popular culture, the tone of the things we see.

    Bill Clinton: Will & Grace, Designing Women, and The Golden Girls.

    GW Bush: 24 and Dexter, about a “good” psychopath.

    Obama: Modern Family, Glee

    But the Trump era seems different to me so it seems that chain may be broken. I don’t know if that’s because we finally reached a tipping point or that the people behind what we seeing are saying “Fuck Off!”

    (I’m not talking about the amount of coverage Trump got during the election but how they aren’t shaping entertainment to reflect Trump’s “values,” which in the past seemed to happen in response to the POTUS.”

    • Lars Littlefield

      Is because “show biz” is run by gays and Jews. Republicans tend to be extremely untalented in the humanities and the arts. Rethuglicans, like those currently in power, have no intellectual sense of humor. They only thing they find fun is when someone else suffers.

  • Barry William Teske

    Wow.
    I needed that!
    Good ol belly laugh.
    Thank you!