The Ambiguously Gay Duo is an American animated comedy sketch that debuted on The Dana Carvey Show before moving to its permanent home on Saturday Night Live. It is created and produced by Robert Smigel, J.J. Sedelmaier, and J.J. Sedelmaier Productions as part of the Saturday TV Funhouse series of sketches. It follows the adventures of Ace (voiced by Stephen Colbert) and Gary (Steve Carell), two superheroes whose sexual orientation is a matter of dispute. Ace and Gary's initials, A and G, appear on their shirts, and could also stand for "ambiguously gay."
The Ambiguously Gay Duo is a parody of the comic book superheroes Batman and Robin, who some suggest are a gay couple, a charge most famously leveled by Fredric Wertham in his 1954 book, Seduction of the Innocent.
Ace and Gary set out to foil the evil plan, but not before calling attention to themselves with outrageous antics and innuendo, and otherwise behaving in ways not usually associated with heterosexual men. Oblivious to their own behaviour, but now aware of the shocked and horrified expressions around them, the scene closes something like:
Ace [patting Gary on the butt] : Good job, friend-o-friends!
Villains/Bystanders [gasps, and horrified stares]
Ace: What's everybody looking at?
Villains/Bystanders [in unison]: Nothing!
This gag finds itself in almost every episode.
Episodes not following this general formula will feature Ace and Gary answering fan mail or offering child safety tips. One such episode follows the adventures of Ace and Gary giving children a ride home in their phallus shaped Duocar, where they give home decorating tips, making suggestive gestures and innuendo while completely unaware of how they are being perceived.
|1.||28 September 1996|
|Ace and Gary foil Bighead's plan to take over Metroville.|
|2.||2 November 1996|
|Ace and Gary stop Queen Serena's evil scheme.|
|3.||14 December 1996|
|Santa Claus has been kidnapped, and the Duo must save him with the help of the reindeer and free the elves, who have been held hostage.|
|4.||19 April 1997|
|Ace and Gary demonstrate bicycle and home safety tips for local kids.|
|5.||15 November 1997|
|The Duo battles Bighead's ice monster creation.|
|6.||9 May 1998|
|Ace and Gary question their origins as superheroes and why everybody regards them strangely.|
|7.||21 November 1998|
|Ace and Gary are oblivious to the suggestiveness in letters from their fans, who are mostly criminal convicts.|
|8.||8 May 1999|
|Even before they were the Ambiguously Gay Duo, teenagers Ace and Gary fought evil. This episode shows that Bighead was in their class, and he is determined to win his classmates' respect and "out" the duo. When he reanimates and enlarges a giant frog, the Ambiguoboys must stop him|
|9.||13 May 2000|
|Ace and Gary battle Bighead's evil schemes at the NBA finals.|
|10.||19 October 2002|
|Bighead redecorates his lair in an attempt to out the Duo once and for all.|
|11.||29 September 2007|
|Bighead enlists the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Undercover Police to out Ace and Gary at his BBQ.|
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