Photography by Michael Gregg Michaud
Many of you don’t know this, but a very dear friend of mine gave me an opportunity to help Alan Sues out last summer in Los Angeles. In case you don’t know him, he was a well-know comedian, particularly in the 50s to 70s. He was a trailblazer for the gay community, even though he never made a big stink about it, to my knowledge.
His Wikipedia says: Sues died on December 1, 2011, at his home of an apparent heart attack, according to his friend and administrator, Michael Michaud. Michaud said that even though Sues never disclosed publicly during his career that he was gay, his over-the-top, flamboyant, stereotypically gay mannerisms displayed on Laugh-In were an inspiration to many viewers when they were young, as he was “the only gay man they could see on television at the time.”
Here’s a very funny anecdote about his early career, conducted from his home. He drew the painting behind him by the way.
Finally, I thought I’d share an anecdote from one of our conversations. I remember him telling me about how forceful he was as an ambitious flaming young man. I thought he wasn’t very nice in his story and I told him so.
He gave me the creepiest yet funny look and said: ”You weren’t put here to be nice”. It took me a while to accept it, but he was right! It’s helped me a lot in portraying characters at least.