Jonny McGovern

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Jonny McGovern
Born (1976-07-12) July 12, 1976 (age 47)
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHouse, dance
Occupation(s)Stand-up comedian, actor, musician, podcaster
Years active1998–present
LabelsGay/Nerd Music

Jonny McGovern (born July 12, 1976) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, songwriter and podcaster. He has written the lyrics for many of his own songs, and recorded three comedy/dance-pop albums (including some under his alter-ego, The Gay Pimp). On television, McGovern initially appeared as a cast member of Logo's late-night comedy sketch show, The Big Gay Sketch Show (2011), and has hosted the popular YouTube talk show Hey Qween! (2014–present) for nine seasons.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jonny McGovern was born to Mary McGovern and Rob Gutowski in Brooklyn, New York. His parents traveled often, and McGovern grew up primarily in Egypt and Thailand.[2] McGovern later returned to the United States to study acting at Boston University, where he earned a BFA. He is openly gay.[3]


McGovern stated that he was inspired to create his signature comedic character, The Gay Pimp, after listening to rap songs and interviews by Eminem. McGovern has said,

It started off with Eminem. I was appalled by him ripping on fags and talking mad shit. People were protesting, but how could you protest a pop star? I figured my best way of protesting was to write a big, flashy, glamorous, funny show... called The Wrong Fag to Fuck With: The Gay Pimp vs. Eminem. It was where the Gay Pimp was a pop star/superhero who came out at the MTV awards to battle Eminem. Of course it did end with Eminem getting it up the butt and being humiliated while all the gay teens were set free.[4]

After the songs from the show began to get heavy rotation in New York City nightclubs, McGovern was approached about making a music video for one of his songs, "Soccer Practice".[4]

The success of the single garnered attention for McGovern, and he contributed commentary on a variety of VH1 shows (such as Best Week Ever, Totally Gay, and 40 Dumbest Celebrity Quotes) as well as earned a slot on Comedy Central's all-gay comedy show Out on the Edge, hosted by Alan Cumming.[5]

McGovern hosts his own YouTube show on StreamTV titled Hey Qween!, where he interviews various iconic celebrities, including drag queens, musicians, actors, adult film stars, and prominent figures within the LGBT community. From the series’ debut in 2014 through 2020, Hey Qween was co-hosted by McGovern's close friend, the late icon Ms. Lady Red Couture,[6] until her tragic passing in the summer of 2020. Lady Red often sang vocals for the series; for example, each episode closed out with her singing and improvising the words, “Hey queen, hey queen,” through the credits. Lady Red and McGovern's close bond was evident on Hey Qween. The initial first half of each episode consisted of the two catching-up, chatting, joking and laughing together. During the guest interviews, Lady Red's quick-witted interjections and comedic banter was a highlight. As a tribute to her passing, McGovern released the 3-track EP Flowers (Songs to Lady Red) in November 2020, with Adam Joseph as producer.[7][8]

McGovern hosts Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern, a weekly free LGBT themed podcast based out of Los Angeles since August 2010. It was based in New York City from January 16, 2006, to January 11, 2010.[citation needed]


Year Tracks
2003 Dirty Gay Hits
  1. Gay Pimp Intro
  2. Dirty Gay Teen Pop Superstars
  3. Soccer Practice
  4. Hey Lil' Raver Boi
  5. Dirty Gay Stuff
  6. The Wrong Fag to Fuck With
  7. Lookin' Cute / Feelin' Cute
  8. Lookin' Cute Pt 2
  9. Dream Boi Cream Boi
  10. Koko Would Like A Bump - featuring KoKo Aviance

US Release Date: August 4, 2003

2006 Jonny McGovern Presents: This is NYC, Bitch! The East Village Mixtape
  1. This is New York City (Bitch!) - La'Mady featuring Kevin Aviance
  2. Somethin' For the Fellas (That Like the Fellas) - TEAM PIMP
  3. We Like to Freak - Jonny McGovern featuring Flawless Sabrina
  4. The Bad Bump - Linda James featuring Corey Tut
  5. Showgirl - Erickatoure Aviance
  6. This is How You Go-Go - Jay*
  7. Servin' it Up - Peppermint Gummy Bear
  8. KoKo Would Like a Bump - KoKo Aviance
  9. Runway in My Street Clothes - La'Mady

US Release Date: November 28, 2006

2007 Gays Gone Wild
  1. Girl, I Fucked Yo' Boyfriend
  2. Bossy Bottom - Feat. Adam Joseph, Linda James, and Erickatoure Aviance
  3. Afterhours
  4. Somethin' for the Fellas (That Like the Fellas) - Feat. Team PIMP
  5. Orange Juice - Feat. Xander
  6. Gayboy Mansion
  7. I Likes to Have Funz
  8. Dick Swang Out! - Feat. TEAM PIMP
  9. We Like to Freak - Feat. Mother Flawless Sabrina
  10. Electroboy
  11. Don't Fall in Love With a Homo (A Song for the Ladies)
  12. Somethin' for the Fellas (5am TEAM Work Remix) - Feat. Team PIMP

US Release Date: May 9, 2007

2008 Keep It Faggity: The Gay Pimp Remix Project
  1. Don't Fall In Love With a Homo (Uptempo Re-Creation Mix)
  2. Bossy Bottom (featuring TEAM PIMP) (Booty House Mix)
  3. After Hours ('Til the Morning Marathon Mix)
  4. Run to the Dancefloor (J.Vasquez Unreleased Mix)
  5. Soccer Practice (Holland's Big Room Mix)
  6. Lookin' Cute/Feelin' Cute (Destination X Main Mix)
  7. Dick Swang Out! (featuring TEAM PIMP) (Team Work Runway Mix)
  8. Girl, I Fucked Yo' Boyfriend (U Know He Did It At the Club Mix)
  9. Somethin' for the Fellas (featuring TEAM PIMP) (5am TEAM Work Remix)
  10. Soccer Practice (featuring Maxi J) (Dylan Drazen 12" Mix)
  11. Lookin' Cute/Feelin' Cute Unplugged

US Release Date: June 11, 2008

2008 Dirty Gay Christmas Single
  1. A Dirty Gay Christmas (A Song for the Fans) [1]

US Release Date: Late November 15, 2008

2009 Best of Gay Pimpin' volumes 1 & 2

Volume 1:

  1. Feelin' Really Faggity (Theme to Gay Pimpin')
  2. Jonny Mcgovern's Theme Restaurant
  3. Jojo the F to M Penis Made from a Clit Children's Story
  4. Linda James As Madonna
  5. Britney At Petco
  6. Erickatoure's Advice On Gettin' Straight Trade
  7. Also a Man: Erickatoure's Fragrance Commercial
  8. Sophia Lamar's Top Ten Signs You're Shitty
  9. Martha Wash Tells Us About Confronting Her Lipsynchers
  10. Chocolate Puddin Conjures Up Venus Xtrvaganza
  11. Britney & Amy Winehouse Freaky Friday
  12. Gayco Commercial With Julie Goldman
  13. Blu Kennedy's Tales from a Porn Set
  14. Kevin Aviance Talks About His Big Break from Madonna
  15. Pretend Kevin Aviance Bosses Linda Around
  16. Gayco Commercial With Sophia Lamar
  17. Dj Larry Tee Tells Us About His Crazy Road Trip to NYC
  18. Pretend Kevin Aviance Bosses Linda Around Part 2
  19. Mastercunt Theater: Linda As Venus
  20. Meet Waffles : The World's Biggest Pop Star
  21. Eat That! By Waffles

Volume 2:

  1. Disco the Kid's Time for Gay Pimpin' Theme
  2. Introduction to Nature's Candy
  3. Nature's Candy: Erickatoure's Imaginary Porn Calendar
  4. Podcast Apollo Legends
  5. Sophia Lamar's Top Ten Reasons You Might Be Crummy
  6. Kevin Aviance Spills About His Gay Bash Attack
  7. Jojo the F to M Penis Made from a Clit: Jojo of Love
  8. Artist Robert W Richards Talks About Meeting Dinah Washington
  9. Britney's Raccoon Trap Problem
  10. The Origin of Joanie Mcgovern
  11. The Devil Wears Balenciaga: Linda Vs Pompom
  12. Madonna's Mrs Doubtfire Mask
  13. Chocolate Puddin's New Supergroup Sings "Ooh I Think Yer Shitty, Bitch"
  14. DJ Nita Calls Jonny & Linda
  15. Linda James' Excuse Me Miss...
  16. Jonny's Shoobydoo Mysteries
  17. Oh Martin (Mega Mix)
  18. Rupaul Taks About Becoming a Star
  19. The Britney Pink Wig Theory
  20. Perez Hilton Blabs Clay Aiken's Manhunt Screenname
  21. Intern Pom Pom's Travelling Pants Summer Vaykay
  22. Madonna's History of the World
  23. Chocolate Puddin Makes a Podcast Benefit Anthem
  24. Podcast Donation Anthem 3.97 a Month

US release date: January 30, 2009

2009 The East Village Mixtape Volume 2: The Legends Ball
  1. Battlecat - Princess Xtravaganza
  2. Gimme More - Kevin Aviance
  3. My Pumps - Erickatoure Aviance
  4. Timebomb - Linda James
  5. And The Crowd Goes - Britney Houston feat. Jipsta
  6. Rich White Woman - Sweetie
  7. A Song for the Hookers (Get Laid, Get Paid) - Feat. Team PIMP
  8. Shitty Faggot - Sophia Lamar
  9. The Look - Xander
  10. Bring The rain - Maxi J
  11. I Saw Your Cock on Craig's List - Jonny McGovern

US Release Date: November 2009

2011 Songs about the Golden Girls
  1. Zbornak
  2. Blanche Devereaux
  3. Take Me To Saint Olaf (A Song for Rose)
2012 The Gayest of All Time
  1. Sexy Nerd
  2. Dickmatized[9]
  3. Modified (feat. Nadya Ginsburg)
  4. Man Areas
  5. Texting on the Dance Floor
  6. Gay Questions
  7. Likin' Big Dicks (Remix) (feat. Calpernia)
  8. G.A.Y
  9. Blanche Devereaux
  10. I Saw Yer Cock On Craig's List (Remix)
  11. The Gayest of All Time
2020 Flowers (Songs to Lady Red) [10][11][7]
  1. Flowers
  2. Smoking blunts Ain't the Same (Without U)
  3. Gone
Unreleased Tracks Unreleased
  1. This is How We Do / We Run This (La'Mady Remix) - La'Mady
  2. Tranny Ladies - Jonny McGovern (Parody of Beyoncee's Single Ladies)
  3. BJ Got Me Fallin in Love (Parody of Usher's DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love)


  • In the twelfth episode of the third season of Queer as Folk, Soccer Practice can be seen and heard in the background of the bar scene at about 18 minutes into the episode.
  • "Soccer Practice" is played in the HBO vampire series True Blood in the third episode of season one. McGovern mentioned it on his weekly podcast and says he highly approves.
  • Artist and raconteur Robert W. Richards drew the album cover for Gays Gone Wild.
  • The photographs used on Jonny McGovern's site and ReMix album where shot by Dick Mitchel.
  • By June 2007, the song "Somethin' For The Fellas (That Like the Fellas)" had held the top spot on Logo's The Click List: Top 10 Videos for over 15 weeks
  • The video for "Don't Fall in Love With a Homo (A Song for the Ladies)" was released on May 1, 2008, with 25,000 views in the first day. It eventually hit number 1 on Logo's Click List and stayed there for 6 weeks.
  • McGovern's gay parody video of "Like A G6" with transgender diva Calpernia Addams called "Likin Big Dicks" had over 400,000 views, and a club remix was produced by NYC electro-group Naked Highway.
  • McGovern's spoof of Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand" dance track entitled "Marla Gibbs" (honoring the star of 227) was mentioned several times by Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live!
  • He also has a web series "Celebrity Donkey Punch" which comes out bi monthly.


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  2. ^ Waechter, Patrick Steven. (April 11, 2007). "The Gay Pimp Gets Sketchy". Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  3. ^ Kregloe, Karman (14 May 2007). "Interview With Jonny McGovern". Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ a b Weiss, Matthew. (May 14, 2007). "After Elton Interview With Jonny McGovern". Retrieved December 13, 2007.
  5. ^ "Jonny McGovern on Comedy Central". Archived from the original on February 3, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2007.
  6. ^ "'Hey Qween's Lady Red Couture, LA Drag Icon, Has Died". 2020-07-26. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. ^ a b Cook, Michael (2020-11-30). "Jonny McGovern Pays Homage To Lady Red Couture In Two Unique Ways". Instinct Magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  8. ^ "Jonny McGovern's Instagram post: "is a 3 song EP written and recorded as I dealt with the grief and shock of losing Lady Red. Produced by @adamjosephmusic and Inspired and…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  9. ^ "Jonny McGovern "Dickmatized" - YouTube". YouTube.
  10. ^ Flowers (Songs to Lady Red), 24 November 2020, retrieved 2020-12-14
  11. ^ Flowers (Songs to Lady Red) - Single by Jonny McGovern, 24 November 2020, retrieved 2020-12-14

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