Busted! Oprah Found Out about Colman Domingo's Outrageous 'Big Gay Sketch Show' Impersonation

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Sunday February 6, 2022
Originally published on January 28, 2022

Out "Euphoria" star Colman Domingo revealed to Jimmy Kimmel how he was "mortified" when Oprah Winfrey found out about the wild, sexy impersonation of her he did on television, People Magazine reported.

Domingo told Kimmel on his Jan. 26 appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that he portrayed a comedic version of Oprah in "a really weird, dark, crazy, highly sexually charged sketch" that appeared on Logo's "The Big Gay Sketch Show" years before the 52-year-old actor's current gig on the HBO Max hit.

Looking back on "The Big Gay Sketch Show," which he starred in along with Kate McKinnon from 2007-2010, Domingo recalled the show as being "a tentpole" for Logo, alongside the early seasons of "RuPaul's Drag Race."

The legendary talk show host and movie star was tipped off to the over-the-top mimicry by out filmmaker Lee Daniels, who spilled the beans years after the sketch first aired — and after Domingo and Oprah had become friends, the article added.

"Lee called me up one day and was like, 'You know, I showed Oprah "Big Gay Sketch Show" and you playing her,'" Domingo revealed, adding that he was "mortified" at Daniels' admission "because...at some point [in the sketch] I'm wearing a ball gag in my mouth, she's having crazy sex and doing weird things."

Domingo went on to confess, "So, every time I see her — because I've actually been very friendly with Oprah — and every time I see her, I always feel like she looks at me like, 'I know what you did!'"

"But she's jovial and friendly," Domingo added. "She never brings it up, maybe she's waiting for the right moment."

Watch the six-and-a-half minute long clip below. (Domingo's anecdote about Oprah starts at about the 2:40 mark.)

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.