Michael Henry & Matt Wilkas Explore ‘The Gay Hello’

Matt Wilkas and Michael Henry in ‘The Gay Hello’

When Michael Henry meets his friend ‘Kevin’ (Matt Wilkas of the web series Matt & Dan) during a walk in the park, a ‘cheek kiss’ hello becomes a matter of scrutiny for Henry.

The greeting takes Henry aback leading him to ask, “What was that? That kiss. Was that romance?”

Kevin explains he greets all of his friends with cheek kisses – including ‘straight Paul.’

“Little kisses are just a friendly way for two men to show they are ok with being seen as gay in public,” adds Kevin.

Henry has previously explored issues like ‘pretty privilege’ and masculine/femme aspects of gay life in other videos.

‘Matt & Dan’ Serve Up Deliciously Off-Kilter Encounter

Don’t you hate it when folks come up to you in public, immediately jump into conversation like they know you, but you have NO IDEA who they are?

The latest episode from Matt Wilkas and Daniel Vincent Gordh’s self-titled web series, Matt & Dan, takes the ‘where do I know you from?’ scenario and ramps up the socially awkward score to Level 10.

In ‘Best Friends For Never,’ Matt (above) is grabbing some java on his way to CrossFit class when Dan spots him from across the coffee shop.

Dan: “Oh, my god…Ben!”

Matt: (draws total blank) “So fun…”(not)

Amid weird hugs and kisses, Matt tries to decipher where he knows Dan from, but…nothing.

Every question is met with a dodge even though Dan clearly knows a LOT about Matt’s life – his recent birthday party, his gym workout schedule…

When Matt’s friend ‘Sarah’ (guest star Julia Cho) gets dragged into the increasingly weird meet-up, she tries to divine some background (“Are you in Jill’s Pilates class? Northwestern?”), but only finds herself further and further in the Twilight Zone.

We won’t give away where it all goes, but props to the duo for the deliciously off-kilter encounter.

Plus – bonus points for Matt Wilkas in a tank top 🙂

Check out the new episode below, and you can find past episodes on their YouTube channel here.

News Round-Up: August 8, 2019

Some guy…

Some news items you might have missed:

• #TBT: The above photo was from one of my last headshot sessions while I was still an actor. I hated having to take headshots. I remember early on in New York City, I was sitting for one photographer. He told me, “Turn away, then look at me and think ‘SEXY.’ I turned away and then shifted back to the camera…but there was no click as the photographer said, “Umm, no…” And there you have it LOL.

Splinter: Friends say the Dayton shooter’s slain sibling was transgender.

The Hill: House Republicans in the Illinois delegation are calling for President Trump to not commute the prison sentence of former Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving 14 years on federal corruption charges.

Advocate: Donald Trump attacked another gay journalist. This time out Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, one of the few Fox personalities willing to criticize him, as worse than “Fake News CNN.” Trump has previously denounced CNN’s Don Lemon calling him “dumb.”

Axios: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to President Trump on Thursday asking him to use his Article II powers to call the Senate back into session in order to consider gun control legislation passed in the House.

Web Series: Funnymen Matthew Wilkas & Dan Gordh are back with Season two of their absurdist sketch series, Matt & Dan. The comedy duo promises more guest stars, bigger wigs, and more twisted, uncomfortable situations.

Premiering August 15, the eight episodes in Season 2 will include a zombie apocalypse, surviving a plane crash in the Himalayas, and stripping at a bachelorette party.

Gus Kenworthy & Matt Wilkas “Taking Time Apart”

Gus Kenworthy & Matt Wilkas (via Instagram)

PEOPLE Magazine reports that out Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy and longtime boyfriend, actor Matt Wilkas, have “decided to take a break in their relationship.”

“Gus and Matt are taking time apart,” a spokesperson for the couple told PEOPLE. “They love and support each other and remain close friends.”

The couple met via Instagram when Kenworthy reportedly messaged Wilkas in November 2015.

Kenworthy told PEOPLE that some folks found the Insta approach unusual.

“It sounds bizarre, because I’ve said it to people and they were like, ‘I didn’t know people did that,’ ” Kenworthy shared after competing at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

The two exchanged messages, then exchanged phone numbers and met for a coffee date in New York City. They’ve been dating ever since.

A post shared by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Aug 5, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT

Happy #NationalComingOutDay everybody! That doesn’t mean that today is intended to pressure anybody to come out before they’re ready. Instead today is a gentle reminder to us all to live our lives honestly and authentically and not allow anybody else’s expectations to force us into silence. Coming out is an extremely personal journey that each person should do on their own time when they feel ready, safe and comfortable. There is no “right” way nor a right time to come out. It’s all up to you! If you happen to be struggling in the closet then I hope today can be a beacon of hope for you. Click the hashtag to see and read stories of others who have walked the same trail that you’re maybe now just finding yourself embarking on. Sometimes it can feel like a tough path to walk but I promise it will be worth it in the end. There is no feeling more liberating, fulfilling or freeing than accepting and acknowledging who you are and then sharing your true self with the world. We all deserve to live our lives authentically and unabashedly. When you live your truth, unafraid and unapologetically, you make it easier for someone else to do so. Representation is how we break down barriers, combat discrimination, and make positive change in the world. Although you may feel alone in the closet there is a community out there that sees you, hears you and not only accepts you but is actually waiting with open arms to embrace you. Good luck! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
A post shared by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Oct 11, 2018 at 12:02pm PDT

The couple was famously photographed kissing at the bottom of a ski slope at the Winter Games after a successful run by Kenworthy.

The last social media post to feature the duo was on June 8 as the couple took part in the AIDS/LifeCycle annual fundraising event.

It’s hard to put into words what this past week has meant to me but it was quite a journey, both physically and emotionally. By the end of day two I was questioning why I ever even signed up. I was tired, my legs ached, I was bored out of my mind and all I wanted was for the ride to end. Throughout the week things started to shift though and as we got closer and closer to Los Angeles I began to feel sad that it was coming to an end. The people I met along the way were some of the sweetest, most patient and most generous that I’ve ever known. Everyone had their own story behind partaking – but on night 6, during a seaside candle-lit vigil commemorating the lives we lost to the AIDS epidemic, it became very clear to me the real reason and importance of our participation. I am so thankful to have been a part of this year’s ride and I’m already looking forward to next year’s (even if my ass isn’t). I pledged to raise $1,000,000 for the cause and although I didn’t complete that goal I’m going to participate every year until that dream is realized. If anybody is considering riding next year, I genuinely encourage you to do so. For this year’s ALC I’ve currently raised over $243,000 (although there are still donations that I’m expecting and my page is still open for any of you who want to help!). My efforts exceeded the previous highest fundraiser more than threefold and I am so incredibly thankful to each and every one of you who contributed to that. Whether you donated, posted, shared, commented, bought a product or simply rooted me on, I can’t express my gratitude and appreciation enough. I couldn’t have done this without you all! I also want to give a special thank you to all the people in all the tiny towns along the route who stood outside with signs and balloons, snacks and music – y’all were truly a sight for sore eyes every single time. ❤️
A post shared by gus kenworthy (@guskenworthy) on Jun 8, 2019 at 6:47pm PDT

Kenworthy’s latest Instagram post shared his excitement in joining the cast of the upcoming American Horror Story: 1984.

And Wilkas has been spending time in Provincetown, MA.

A post shared by Matthew Wilkas (@mwilkas) on Jul 9, 2019 at 11:48am PDT

Sometimes, people come together for a period of time to learn some life lesson. When the lesson is learned, folks head to the next chapter.

Or, sometimes couples take a break and then find each other again.

Wishing both talented men the best in whatever comes next.

Trailer: “Funny Sometimes Gay” Web Series MATT & DAN

Dropping the trailer for their new Matt & Dan web series, Matt Wilkas (Gayby, New York Is Dead) ( and Daniel Vincent Gordh (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Eastsiders) describe the project as “some funny sometimes gay stuff.”

You may also know Wilkas as Gus Kenworthy’s boyfriend who received the kiss seen round the world at the Winter Olympics this year 😉

Season One starts next Wednesday but you can check out the trailer below.

 

News Round-Up: December 29, 2016

Gus Kenworthy (L) and Matt Wilkas (R)

Some news items you may have missed:

• OUT Magazine talks to sexy free-style Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy and his hottie actor bf Matt Wilkas about the genesis of their relationship in a new feature called “The Love Portfolio.”

• Logo TV Network will salute Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds with a “Will & Grace” marathon, plus her appearances on “Golden Girls” and “Drag Race.”

• Dating app Scruff has banned the word “party” from user bios to avoid the word is being used as a code for drugs and chemsex. #GoodMoveScruff

• Donald Trump says “My Administration will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN and HIRE AMERICAN!” But he just got approval to hire 64 foreign workers saying, “It’s very, very hard to get people.”

• Controversial homocon/provocateur/white nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos inks $250K book deal.

• Politico reports that the incoming Trump administration is frantically trying to place a Hispanic official in a high level position due to criticism that his cabinet is practically all white guys.

• Check out the newly released extended trailer for the upcoming Lifetime Channel’s remake of the 1988 Bette Midler classic film, Beaches, starring Idina Menzel as “C.C.” (originally played by Bette Midler) and Nia Long (The Best Man Holiday). The flick debuts January 21st.