Rob Anderson is a comedian, LGBTQ+ social media star, and bestselling author. His viral series “Gay Science” uses comedy to dispel misguided beliefs about the LGBTQ+ community and empower marginalized groups.
Her books include Diva Worship: The Book of Gay Religions, The Gay Scouts Handbook, and the Stefani Storytime children’s book, with tales inspired by Mother Monster herself, Lady Gaga.
This month Rob released his first single “Nothing for you” and 100% of smooth pop jam recipes won during the month of June will benefit, For the Gworlsan organization dedicated to raising funds to help black and trans people pay for rent and gender-affirming surgeries.
We talked about “Gay Science” and the new single with that viral sensation (which doesn’t hurt the eyes at all) and put it in the spotlight for the Socialite Seven in our exclusive interview.
How did you find your comedy appealing?
I was always drawn to comedy when I was a kid. Leslie Neilsen and Weird Al were my favorites. I then became obsessed with Amy and David Sedaris in my early teens. Completely obsessed. I wanted to be both at the same time.
What was the inspiration for Gay Science?
I was looking for a scientific reason why gay people like iced coffee, but couldn’t find an answer, so I decided to make one up myself. People were obsessed with it, so I kept making new episodes explaining gay stereotypes with fake science. Like “What is bipanic?” or “Why can’t homosexuals sit properly in a chair?” There’s also been a “Gay Anthropology” spin-off that explores gay subsets like Plant Gays and Disney Gays, as well as a few full YouTube episodes.
Have you always been a singer? If so, which came first, comedy or music?
I have a pretty good theater/Broadway voice and did a bunch of musicals in high school and college. I never really combined singing and acting until I moved to Chicago and started doing improv and found a talent in musical improvisation. I did that for about five years at iO and Second City.
What was the inspiration for “Nothing for You”?
I like high quality stuff with really silly messages. I wanted to make pop songs that sound like something you’d like to listen to but when you listen to the lyrics you’re like…wait a minute? What? Nothing For You is basically a love song where you want someone to neglect you. It makes more sense if you listen to it.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing the LGBTQ+ community right now?
The 2019 oat milk shortage was severe, but I think we overcame that one. Maybe gay people still shop at Zara? They must stop.
What’s coming up for you?
I have a comedy tour coming up! I’m going to visit 20 cities in a North American tour starting in the fall with an hour of original comedy stories and songs.
Dave responds to the Socialite Seven
Who has had the greatest influence on your career and why?
90s Chicago comedians like Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey… who really got me wanting to pursue this.
Who (if any) would you like to collaborate with?
Cupcake, no doubt.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When someone tries to start a full text conversation. Like the “how are you?” text out of the blue. Baby, not like this. Call me or hang out together, my thumbs can’t take a full text conversation.
What superpower or talent would you like to wake up with tomorrow?
I used to say mind reading but I think that would give me too much anxiety so I would say teleportation
What are three things you can’t live without?
Blueberries, Fage Greek yogurt, granola. I eat it every day without lying. For years.
What personal achievement are you most proud of?
I have to go to the Oscars this year and it was a dream for me, to be a movie buff.
What is the best advice you have received?
Ask for forgiveness, not permission. It’s a well-known saying, so I’m not sure anyone specifically gave me that advice, but it’s a great way to live!