The Ambiguously Gay Duo
Created byRobert Smigel
J. J. Sedelmaier
Voices ofStephen Colbert
Steve Carell
Robert Smigel
Narrated byBill Chott
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes12 (List of episodes)
Producer(s)Robert Smigel
J.J. Sedelmaier
Tanya Ryno
Samantha Scharff
Running time~3 minutes
Production company(s)J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc.
Original channelABC (1996) NBC (1996 - present)
First shown inSeptember 28, 1996

The Ambiguously Gay Duo is an American animated comedy sketch that debuted on The Dana Carvey Show before moving to its permanent home on Saturday Night Live.[1] It is created and produced by Robert Smigel and J. J. Sedelmaier as part of the Saturday TV Funhouse series of sketches.[2] It follows the adventures of Ace and Gary, voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, respectively, two superheroes whose sexual orientation is a matter of dispute, and a cavalcade of characters preoccupied with the question.[3]

Background Edit

The Ambiguously Gay Duo is a parody of the stereotypical comic book superhero duo. The characters are clad in matching pastel turquoise tights, dark blue domino masks, and bright yellow coordinated gauntlets, boots and shorts. The shorts were intended to satirize suggestions that early Batman comics implied a homosexual relationship between the eponymous title character and his sidekick and protégé Robin, a charge most infamously leveled by Fredric Wertham in his 1954 book, Seduction of the Innocent,[4] the research methodology for which was later discredited.

The typical episode usually begins with the duo's arch-nemesis Bighead, a criminal mastermind with an abnormally large cranium. Bighead is usually briefing his henchmen on a plot for some grandiose plan for world domination, interrupted by a debate as to whether or not Ace and Gary (The Ambiguously Gay Duo) are gay. Once the crime is in process, the police commissioner calls on the superheroes to save the day, often engaging in similar debates with the chief of police.

Ace and Gary set out to foil the evil plan, but not before calling attention to themselves with outrageous antics and innuendo, and behaving in ways perceived by other characters to be stereotypically homosexual, as in this conversation from the first episode:

Ace, (patting Gary on the buttocks). Good job, friend-of-friends!
Villains/Bystanders [gasps, and ghastly stares]
Ace. What's everybody looking at?
Villains/Bystanders, in unison. NOTHING!

Similar gags appear in almost every episode.

Episodes not following this general formula have featured Ace and Gary answering fan mail or offering child safety tips. One such episode entails Ace and Gary giving children a ride home in their Duocar and offering home decorating tips, all while blithely making various suggestive gestures and comments.

Characters Edit

  • Ace is the leader of the duo. He is mentor to Gary, refers to him as “friend of friends,” and has a wide array of superpowers reminiscent of Superman.
  • Gary, Ace's sidekick, is the younger of the duo. Gary is less experienced, and has fewer superpowers than Ace. His powers include super strength, breath, stamina, and flexibility.
  • The Police Commissioner is the duo's primary contact, and when trouble arises, he makes the call to their hangout. His calls tend to interrupt a workout of some kind, with one or the other of the duo shirtless. The commissioner, voiced by Steve Carell, believes Ace and Gary might not be gay.
  • The Chief of Police hangs out with the commissioner, apparently waiting to find evidence in support of his confident belief that Ace and Gary are, in fact, gay. He and the commissioner are endlessly engaged in debate over their positions on this subject.
  • Bighead, (inspired by C.C. Beck's "Dr. Sivana") as the name might suggest, sports a very large, bald head, and is usually the brains behind most of the evil schemes. Second only to his primary vocation of mad scientist is his obsession with outing the superheroes as gay, which tends to annoy his co-conspirators because they do not care about the duo's sexuality and only want to defeat them in order to rule the world. He is constantly criticized for the amount of energy he invests in this pursuit. Bighead is voiced by Robert Smigel
  • Dr. Brainio is probably named for the auxiliary brain he has attached to his skull with cables and tubing. He occasionally partners with Bighead, but is quite a bit more undecided about Ace and Gary. Dr. Brainio is voiced by Stephen Colbert.
  • Orbitrox is a small, green, free-floating droid who sides with Bighead on the question of Ace and Gary's sexual orientation. Orbitrox has proffered evidence of their having visited gay bars, but emphatically denies visiting himself, snapping in subtitled form, "Back off dickweed, it's research!"
  • Kijoro, an obvious parody of Superman's Jor-El, is the duo's mentor whose spirit resides in the "Fortress of Privacy." He offers his advice from time to time when Ace and Gary seek counsel.

Episode guide Edit

# Airdate Title
1. 28 September 1996 It Takes Two To Tango
Ace and Gary foil Bighead's plan to take over Metroville.
2. 2 November 1996 Queen of Terror
Ace and Gary stop Queen Serena's evil scheme.
3. 14 December 1996 Don We Now... Or Never
Santa Claus has been kidnapped, and the Duo must save him with the help of the reindeer and free the elves, who have been held hostage.
4. 19 April 1997 Safety Tips
Ace and Gary demonstrate bicycle and home safety tips for local kids.
5. 15 November 1997 Blow Hot, Blow Cold
The Duo battles Bighead's ice monster creation.
6. 9 May 1998 A Hard One To Swallow
Ace and Gary question their origins as superheroes and why everybody regards them strangely.
7. 21 November 1998 The Ambiguously Gay Duo Fan Club
Ace and Gary are oblivious to the suggestiveness in letters from their fans, who are mostly criminal convicts.
8. 8 May 1999 AmbiguoBoys
Even before they were the Ambiguously Gay Duo, teenagers Ace and Gary fought evil. This episode shows that Bighead was in their class, and he is determined to win his classmates' respect and "out" the duo. When he reanimates and enlarges a giant frog, the Ambiguoboys must stop him
9. 13 May 2000 Trouble Coming Twice
Ace and Gary battle Bighead's evil schemes at the NB finals.
10. 19 October 2002 The Third Leg Of Justice
Bighead redecorates his lair in an attempt to out the Duo once and for all.
11. 29 September 2007 First Served, First Come
Bighead enlists the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Undercover Police to out Ace and Gary at his BBQ.

Other appearances Edit

  • January 12, 2002 (Josh Hartnett/Pink), The Ambiguously Gay Duo makes a surprise appearance in The X-Presidents – the Hunt for Osama.
  • April 29, 2006, The Ambiguously Gay duo co-hosted Saturday Night Live: The Best of TV Funhouse. The hosting duties included the opening monologue performed by Ace and Gary, plus new animated/live-action material during the pre-commercial and post-commercial bumpers. It was revealed during these bumper segments that they seem to have an undying obsession with former cast member Jimmy Fallon. The show ended with the duo taking cast members Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg to their secret headquarters — both naked — in the penis-shaped car, with announcer Don Pardo begging to be taken with them and a spurned Fallon looking on from his apartment window with tears in his eyes.

Notes Edit

  1. Animation: TV & Broadcast - The Dana Carvey Show. J.J. Sedelmaier Productions (2008).
  2. Animation: TV & Broadcast - Saturday Night Live. J.J. Sedelmaier Productions (2008). Retrieved on 2008-11-07.
  3. Template:Cite interview
  4. Wertham, Fredric (1954). Seduction of the Innocent, First edition, New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc. OCLC 10526406. 

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