GROWLr teams up with “Mean Girls” star Daniel Franzese for “Teddy Talks”

It’s been 16 years since actor Daniel Franzese starred in everybody’s favourite 2004 teen comedy, “Mean Girls,” and while the world has changed a lot since the hilariously dramatic days of Cady Heron and Regina Geroge, one thing remains the same – Daniel Franzese knows how to make an audience laugh.

Teaming up with The Meet Group (owners/operators of popular dating communities including MeetMe, Skout, Tagged, LOVOO and the ever-so-popular GROWLr), Franzese will present a live in-app video broadcasting feature on entitled “Teddy Talks,” which follows and expands upon other recent virtual presentations and performances from queer nightlife celebrities like Big Dipper, Jackie Beat and Varla Jean Merman

“GROWLr began hosting these live entertainment shows in May after bars and clubs first closed due to the pandemic,” says Phil Henricks, Senior Director of Marketing at GROWLr.  “The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We are very grateful to be able to offer a platform to the many talented performers who sadly have limited venues at the moment. It’s a total win-win-win.  We get to showcase the best in LGBTQ+ talent, the talent is compensated for their performances and our members enjoy amazing entertainment for free.”

Who doesn’t love a free show?!

Daniel Franzese

“When GROWLr approached me about doing these live events, I saw it as a great opportunity to speak to the community that has embraced me since day one,” Daniel Franzese says from his home in Los Angeles. “Once GROWLr and I decided to collaborate I joined the Live streams daily. I’m building friendships and community in my streams because I want to know my audience and communicate personally. I don’t want to talk at the audience, I want to talk with my peers.” 

“The Bear community is and always will be my people and I have a lot of thoughts to share. It is one of the most underrepresented communities in the LGBTQ+ spectrum.  It is time we bears rise up to who we all are which is, in my opinion, the kindest and most welcoming part of the gay community.”

All three of Daniel Franzese’s TEDDY TALKS shows are free to everyone on the GROWLr app!

Friday, September 25
Daniel Franzese presents “Bearly Famous: Being a Bear Star in a non-Bear World”
Daniel discusses his experiences in film, television, theater and stand-up comedy and takes questions from the audience. Fans are encouraged to ask him anything!

Friday, October 2
Daniel Franzese presents “Stay Hungry, Never Thirsty”
Daniel talks intimately about body acceptance, self-worth and self-esteem, offering tips on how to have an egoless healthy relationship with yourself. 

Friday, October 9
Daniel Franzese presents “Bear Cub Comedy Club”
Daniel will have insightful chats with comedians and writers in the bear community with each sharing their unique experiences and perspectives in using humour to navigate their lives. 

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