Out comedian Guy Branum has a new show on truTV called Talk Show: The Game Show. Branum first gained notoriety as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. He also starred alongside Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached.
Branum’s podcast, Pop Rocket, is a hilarious listen. It combines his comic, journalistic, academic and digital media expertise, and keeps listeners up-to-date on what’s most exciting in pop culture this week.
Regardless of all these awesome accomplishments, Branum gets mistaken for someone else. People love telling him how great he was in Mean Girls, even though he wasn’t in the film. This means they’re confusing him for Daniel Franzese. We do see the resemblance, but come on! Franzese and Branum are very, very different.
Not all bears are the same, people!
“One time a guy told me I was amazing in Mean Girls,’” Branum told Page Six at the Turner Upfronts on Wednesday. “It doesn’t take much googling to find out I wasn’t in Mean Girls.”
Wanda Sykes is an executive producer on the show, which is a parody of other late-night shows. “We’ll all watch these people in TV and singing; we know what they’re good at,” Branum told Slate.com. “A talk show should let you inside of them a bit more.”
“Basically I just got tired of watching talk shows that were boring,” he tells Page Six. “Everybody’s just going through the motions, and I realized there are rules to how a talk show works. Why don’t we just gameify it and say you get points for name-dropping or get points for plugging a project?”
What does Daniel Franzese think? He had a perfect response to the whole thing. One user on Twitter tweeted out that it was messed up the two are being mistaken for each other, and Franzese responded, “Ha! There are worse things in this world. @guybranum maybe we should star in Chicago together as Roxy and Velma.”
That would be gay.