Every week, Philly gay gents share their local picks for Man Crush Monday. This week we feature Tim Popp, a local theater artist and choreographer of the upcoming FringeArts show Two Street.
I’m Tim Popp. Since today is my Birthday, I have a simple wishe: several of Philly’s most desirable men. If the list inspires any of you to requite my crush, you can find me tonight at the North Shore Beach Club for Drink or Swim.
I met Mark very shortly after moving to Philadelphia and was immediately intimidated. How could someone be both so handsome and so kind? Clearly there was some dark secret he was hiding. Fast-forward five years and all I’ve uncovered beneath that striking exterior is a heart of gold. Some guys have all the luck!
James is an enormously talented theater artist—and you haven’t lived until you've watched an episode of Scandal over wine and a spread of fresh crudités and cheese with him and R. Eric Thomas. He’s one of the few people I’ve met who is so fascinating that when he speaks. When he opens his mouth I fall silent, completely riveted by even his most mundane exploits. If you know me, that is borderline miraculous.
Bennett is that type of attractive that turns me into a bad ’80s prop comic, desperately trying to dazzle him with my personality in an attempt to compensate for my only-above-average looks. (No, Tim, stop, you’re adorable.) And what’s worse is that every time I compliment him (which is often) he looks so utterly and sincerely bewildered as if he had no idea he was a total babe. It’s agonizingly endearing.
David Torres and Brian Rodin
These two are a package deal, because they’re the best friends a guy could ask for. What’s not to love: both have great looks, uproarious wit, and are wildly successful. You might be wondering, “Tim, if they’re so great, why aren’t you dating either one of them?” To you I say, “Would you ask Rose why she isn’t dating Blanche or Dorothy?”
I mean … obviously. He’s been featured on MCM more times than this column has been published. But if the movie Liar Liar has taught us anything, it’s that an earnest wish on your birthday is bound to come true. Someone light the candles. And if I’m wrong, at least I get to eat cake.
Submit your Man Crush Monday!
Here are the rules: (1) Name five to 10 guys you’re crushing on, and tell us why they have your heart aflutter (2) You and all men involved have to be from Philadelphia (3) Email your crushes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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