Sam Morrison: Hello, Daddy! (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Sam Morrison: Hello, Daddy!

Sharp analysis of the mainstream attitude towards gay men

What's weirder, asks 24-year-old Sam Morrison, gay men calling each other 'daddy', or straight people calling each other 'baby'? The gay New Yorker is bored of being shamed about his penchant for much older bears, and has written an excellent hour about it. It's hard to believe that only five years ago Morrison was still in the closet, and not doing stand-up comedy yet. His chutzpah and distinct voice sound like someone with way more years of experience under his (often undone) belt and that strong sense of self (plus dazzling white teeth) makes him all the more magnetic, especially when he explains that he was trying to talk himself into sleeping with girls up until fairly recently.

Out and proud now with a boyfriend 26 years his senior, and a roving eye for most of his friend's dads, he makes cute, sharp, not too catty observations about what the mainstream expects from its gay men. His sexuality and his personality are different, he explains, and he doesn't want to have to explain his fantasies either. His funny use of Jewish hymns at moments of excitement is a thrill, and his insights into finding his identity through crushes is delivered like a brave, sex positive, romantic manifesto.

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Sam Morrison: Hello, Daddy!

  • 4 stars

Sam Morrison Featured in NYTimes and Time Out, Sam Morrison's a master at finding hilarity in the awkward adventures of being a closeted gay man… who wants to have sex with your dad. 'Endlessly charming' (Time Out NY). ‘Raw, unashamed, and very funny’ ( 'Beautiful and heartbreaking' (BearWorld…