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Neil Patrick Harris and Jack Black in Prop 8: The Musical


Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman (whose boycott lead to the resignation of Sacramento's California Musical Theatre creative director Scott Eckern following his donation to Prop 8) wrote and conceived this hysterical short piece (presented with a wink and a nod by the 'Sacramento Community College Players'), which was directed and staged by Hairspray director and choreographer Adam Shankman and features plenty of folks you will recognize.

Shaiman plays the piano. Jordan Ballard, Margaret Cho, Barrett Foa, J.B. Ghuman, John Hill, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Rashad Naylor, Nicole Parker star as 'California Gays and The People That Love Them'. John C Reilly as a Prop 8 leader, and Alison Janney as his wife. Kathy Najimy as his second wife. Jenifer Lewis as a riffing Prop 8'er. Craig Robinson as a preacher. Rashida Jones, Lake Bell, Sarah Chalke as Scary Catholic School Girls from Hell. Katharine "Kooks" Leonard, Seth Morris, Denise "Esi!" Piane, Lucian Piane, Richard Read, Seth Redford, Quinton Strack, and Tate Taylor as The Frightened Villagers.

Jack Black stars as Jesus Christ, and Neil Patrick Harris is billed as 'A Very Smart Fellow'.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Marc Shaiman is goddess.

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Dec 3, 2008 8:12:17 AM

  2. Sheer genius.

    Posted by: wisebear | Dec 3, 2008 8:18:30 AM

  3. And an advertisement for the Navy comes up at the end as I was watching...

    Posted by: homer | Dec 3, 2008 8:20:10 AM

  4. This is fantastic.

    Why didn't they make it in, say, September or October?

    Or four and a half years ago when this was happening to us here in Ohio.


    Posted by: Ben | Dec 3, 2008 8:37:26 AM

  5. Brilliant!

    Posted by: kujhawker | Dec 3, 2008 8:46:03 AM

  6. Shaiman rocks. THIS is an ad. Why the campaign doesn't just let the gays create, and then spend money on airtime only, is beyond me.

    By the way: there should be stickers with Neil Patrick Harris' face on them for products. His presence is the seal of quality.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Dec 3, 2008 9:10:51 AM

  7. is it maybe suspect that the only celebrities on the gay side are actually gay, and seeing that really means just margaret cho, not even? isn't allison janney a lesbian?

    Posted by: brad | Dec 3, 2008 9:17:33 AM

  8. you know, fellas... just because an ad like this would have been considered effective by people like YOU, does not mean it's likely to have any positive impact on the majority. i'm getting ticked off at all the vitriolic criticism of the No On 8 campaign, especially since a lot of it is coming from people who barely lifted a finger to help. yes, mistakes were made; but it's oversimplifying egregiously to say that the No campaign was responsible for our loss.

    Posted by: le_sacre | Dec 3, 2008 9:23:23 AM

  9. Allison Janney is not a lesbian, but very gay supportive.

    Posted by: Dan B | Dec 3, 2008 9:30:42 AM

  10. When times get tough: just break into song! "They" should take us seriously now!

    Posted by: michael | Dec 3, 2008 9:35:31 AM

  11. This is SO awesome! I love Jenifer Lewis' little riff at the end. Leave it to ol' girl to ham it up -- nobody does it better.

    Posted by: Taylor Siluwé | Dec 3, 2008 9:55:46 AM

  12. "Gay marriage will save the economy"

    If we can get that word out, we'd have this whole fight in the bag.

    Also, is that Darryl from The Office? I love him!

    Posted by: crispy | Dec 3, 2008 10:06:26 AM

  13. Brilliant! Fantastic!!!!

    Posted by: Rad | Dec 3, 2008 10:07:02 AM

  14. I got the ad for the Navy at the end, too. I guess Google ads doesn't ask or tell.

    Posted by: Ricky | Dec 3, 2008 11:20:37 AM

  15. So much fun! And Jenifer Lewis, as always, rocks the house!

    Posted by: Matt | Dec 3, 2008 11:22:19 AM

  16. Much fun, with some great points that SHOULD have been put in Anti 8 ads albeit in a different way.

    But follow the fools behind "Join the Impact" and all you'll end up with is impacted bowels.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Dec 3, 2008 1:52:28 PM

  17. sorry guys, I disagree. Acknowledging all the talent...nonetheless, I thought it was boring.

    Posted by: Luke | Dec 3, 2008 2:06:27 PM

  18. Smug self-righteousness? Check.

    Cartoonish stereotypes of religious people? Check.

    Proposition 8 opponents exhibiting the exact behavior they criticize? Check.

    I couldn't help but notice that the musical begins with the gays celebrating a bright new "Obama" day before bringing in the Mormon stereotypes.

    What's Barack Obama's position on gay marriage again?

    Posted by: Another gay bigot and hypocrite, just like you. | Dec 3, 2008 2:10:32 PM

  19. "What's Barack Obama's position on gay marriage again?"

    Not to work against those states who legalize it.

    What's Sarah Huckabee's positon...I mean, Mike Palin? I mean, Mitt "Liar" Romney? Oh, what's the difference? Palenti?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Dec 3, 2008 2:30:30 PM

  20. ohmigod! j.b. ghuman is in this?! good for him. i watch all his reality-rejectz youtube videos. they're hilarious. especially that avril parody "bottum." he also did this amazing grease-inspired short called "lube," which i'm surprised never found its way onto this site... if for no other reason than that the two guys in it are super hot!

    Posted by: jeremy | Dec 3, 2008 3:41:30 PM

  21. How many aliases do you post under ALEX/THAD/AGBHJHY?

    Cry me a freakin river! The next time "bigoted gays" try to put an amendment into a state or the federal constitution banning ANY religious person their rights then you can get back to me with your whining and crying about gay oppression of the poor, helpless, innocent religious masses.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 3, 2008 5:25:33 PM

  22. Go complain about your "rights being banned" to a Muslim.

    Posted by: Another gay bigot and hypocrite, just like you. | Dec 3, 2008 7:01:59 PM

  23. Prop 8 The Musical is sheer brilliance with an amazing message delivered in just 3 minutes. Neil Patrick Harris is a very smart fellow indeed. Everyone, gay or straight, needs to watch this video. And for my straight friends who don't really like musical theatre, this one's short!! It'll be over before you know it.

    Posted by: Honner | Dec 3, 2008 11:49:52 PM

  24. There are probably many Muslims more liberal than you, Another Bigot.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 5, 2008 7:53:47 PM

  25. It's just getting so hard to be a homosexual and have a sense of humor at the same time.

    Wouldn't it be a great idea if we just played it for us?

    Posted by: BlushingInBiloxi | Dec 5, 2008 11:08:35 PM

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