What do Kaa from The Jungle Book, Batman's the Riddler and the Sheriff of Nottingham have in common? According to comedy virtuoso James Adomian, they're all examples of the "gay villain" archetype, a ridiculous amalgamation of effeminate stereotypes for heroes to dominate.
Adomian's hypothesis is hilariously delivered on his stellar 2012 debut album, Low Hangin Fruit, which captures his blend of stand-up and impersonations. His material is rife with pop culture and political references, and his impersonations -- which include Gary Busey, Fred Phelps and Jesse Ventura -- are not only remarkably accurate, but they're well-developed characters shaped by Adomian's unique point of view. Though probably best known for his impersonations, he often talks about his own experience as a "homo-American," (such as his crush on Peter Dinklage, the time he was gay bashed or his time spent in small town gay bars).
Folks may recognize Adomian from the seventh season of Last Comic Standing or from his stint on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson delivering one of the greatest impersonations of President George W. Bush ever on television (if not the greatest). Comedy enthusiasts might have caught his appearances on Cartoon Network's Childrens Hospital and Comedy Bang Bang on IFC. He's also a fixture on several popular comedy podcasts, like Sklarbro Country, Comedy Bang Bang and The Todd Glass Show.
We caught up with Adomian at SXSW in Austin and chatted about being an out comedian, gay villains and the new TV series he's developing, The Embassy, inspired by the recent WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden stories.
See what he had to say, and watch some videos of his work, AFTER THE JUMP ...