Dan Savage on his new talk show on MTV: “18 And Not Pregnant”
This is your big debut
It sure looks good on you.
So when you smile for the camera,
I know you're gonna love it.
- Steely Dan, "Peg"
For the past decade or so Dan Savage and Steely Dan's "Peg" have been permanently intermingled in my brain, married in my subconscious like chocolate and peanut butter, vodka and cranberry juice, Rick Santorum and, well... you know.
Or, maybe you don't. (If that's the case just Google "Santorum" and see what sort of um, "frothy mixture" comes up. Then, thank Dan Savage.)
The famously NSFW voice behind Seattle-based advice column Savage Love, whose life as a gay man, husband, and adoptive parent would dovetail as prominent advocate within the LGBT movement, is moving into the TV format with the debut of his talk show "Savage U" premiering tonight on MTV. Savage tells The Huffington Post, "I've been jokingly referring to this show as "18 And Not Pregnant." Clip after the jump.
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The premise sees Dan and trusty sidekick Lauren driving around the country, touring universities with Q&A sessions, educational lectures, and the odd casual encounter with young adults whose burning questions he answers with his own unique mix of frank wit and brutal honesty.
Savage said that that with this series, "I'm not hosting a game show on MTV. I'm not Chuck Woolery. This will be an extension of what I do, what I have done for a long time."
Certainly, this format presents its own stylistic challenges and Savage hinted that it will feature a more toned-down version of him, less like his column and more in keeping with the persona reflected in his It Gets Better project. "My column can get crazy and kinky, so we don't have a lot of that kink on the show. It's a different audience and venue, and that's not new for me. When I go on CNN, I don't rant and rave about fist-fucking."
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