Just the name Billy Masters conjures up an image of irreverent hysteria, political incorrectness, and a jet-set lifestyle. With his weekly column syndicated to over twenty gay and alternative publications around the world, Billy is one of the most popular gay male personalities today. His web site of www.BillyMasters.com gets over 300,000 hits per day ensuring that fans around the globe can keep tabs on Billy's personal appearances and views on the rich and famous he numbers among his friends. Billy just celebrated his 12th year of writing this weekly must-read.
Since his first appearance at a small Cambridge comedy club in 1987, Billy has delighted audiences with his unique brand of ribald humor and unabashed playfulness. Through his uninterrupted run as the only performer to have a weekly show in Boston over a seven year period (for two years, he had three weekly shows!), Billy has built a loyal following based on his quick mind and ability to bridge the gap between performer and audience. A Billy Masters Show is more like a party for all who attend!
addition to stand-up, Billy is also a popular host for a variety of theme nights
in nightclubs. This popularity led
to his New York stage debut as the host of PrideFest
(click here) taking place during the Gay
Games, New York Gay Pride and Stonewall
25 celebrations. He was so
enthusiastically received by the audience (estimated at over fifty thousand)
that he was held over as host past his scheduled 2 hours for an unprecedented 5
hours. Because of this success,
Billy was invited to host the following year.
from his ongoing work in the gay community, Billy has also toured with a variety
of entertainers and opened for such artists as Joan
The Bangles, Taylor Dayne,
The Pointer Sisters,
Olivia Newton-John, Joan
Kitt, Grace Jones and RuPaul.
He's also opened for George Michael, but who hasn't?
He has appeared on various television shows including Kathy Griffin - My Life on the
D-List, The Joan Rivers Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The
Anna Nicole Show and People
Billy's items are frequently cited on television shows, most regularly on The View, where he has appeared as a "Hot Topic", Ellen, Extra and Access Hollywood. Masters has been a commentator on a number of those shows where funny talking heads are needed for fast-paced quips. Too numerous to list, he's usually the funniest one with the best hair and tan!
Billy has a talk show in development and filmed the pilot episode with
guests Julie Newmar, Janet Charlton, and Christopher Sieber
(click here). He is co-author of Heavenly Bodies, a book about celebrity
AIDS fundraisers in Hollywood. He is
also featured prominently in the book Claims
to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America by Joshua Gamson (University
of California Press) as well as the annual editions of The Best of the Superstars
by John Patrick (Starbooks, Florida).
studied acting (click here) at the prestigious American
Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and can be seen in a variety of episodic
television series and commercials.
He returned to the stage to appear in the Palm Springs premiere of How
To Shoot a Porno. He also starred in the highly-acclaimed Philadelphia production of
Larsen’s Making Porn and later brought that toured with
that production in Canada. His own play, Hollywood
Uncovered (click here)premiered in Los Angeles and toured the country in the
summer of 2002.
a keen social conscious and a determination to use his visibility to help
others, Billy does as many benefits as his schedule allows.
He recently brought his one-man show to Philadelphia as a benefit for the
William Way Center (click
here) and to Ft.
Lauderdale for Pride South Florida.
Each year, he hosts the Bad
Boys Pool Party (click here) in Palm Springs, which is a benefit for LA