Director: Joshua Guerci
2021 | USA | 70m
GENRE: Camp | Comedy | Dance | Gay | Local Interest/Subjects | Queer | Sexuality | Theatre/Performance Art
SECTION: At Rush | Documentary Features | In Theatres | Premieres | Sold Out
Expected Guests: Subjects Michael Phillis, Rory Davis, and The Baloney Boys; Producer Marc Smolowitz


Come experience the titillating and charming story behind San Francisco’s first and only all-male gay revue. A melding of theater, dance, and burlesque, Baloney has become a nightlife staple, interrogating the local queer experience with humor and fantasy. Director Joshua Guerci’s winning exposé is a delightful look into the lively, hunky troupe that makes these shows possible.

Finding his tech job unrewarding, Michael Phillis decided to quit his job and throw himself into his true passion. Developed by Phillis and partner Rory Davis, Baloney quickly began to attract adoring crowds with its skillful balance of bawdy humor, clever fantasy, and frisky fun—while playfully subverting popular notions of gender and masculinity and celebrating body positivity. Baloney introduces us to the show’s colorful cast, a diverse mix of artists including financial analysts, sex workers, a woman, and a couple straight dudes. Offering a behind-the-scenes peek at their rehearsal process and live performances, Guerci’s rollicking look into the sex-positive world of Baloney promises a flamboyant, titillating time for all.


Buying Note: This film will screen exclusively in-person on Sun, Jun 20 at the Roxie Theater. It will not be available digitally to stream. Seating is limited, and COVID protocols will be in place.


Baloney, Peaches Christ Productions, Folsom Street, Ray of Light Theatre

  • Premiere Status: World