James Franco poked fun at his own “topless selfies” on stage during Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! last weekend, just moments before RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio ripped off his pants to reveal a perky bum in a jock strap — a sight that brought thunderous applause from the crowd and at least four gay men to their knees.
The cheeky fun was all part of the annual stage production that raises millions of dollars in charitable funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization that employs the theater to raise money for HIV and AIDS-related causes. This year’s performance showcased over 150 dancers and noted figures including Del Rio, Franco, war hero Alex Minsky, and Cabaret star Alan Cumming.
This year’s show took place on Sunday at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Attendees paid anywhere from $75 to $1,000 to get in and shove donations in the waistbands of the scantily-clad dancers.
Franco received a bit of applause when he took the stage for his number, though it’s safe to say Bianca’s standing ovation was ten times longer and more impressive. Their skit was something about James Franco needing a “strip search” before getting into the venue, but everyone is so drunk and horny at these things I don’t think anyone noticed a plot beyond James Franco’s jockstrap.
Check out the video below, as well as some photo coverage from Instagram: