Compounding Rainbow’s struggles was the connection along with his father, which was toxic, his mom mentioned. The daddy, Jerry, was a drummer and a singer, and had an impressive voice, however as quickly as his son grew to become a youngster, he grew to become jealous of the boy’s skills. “This competitiveness, Randy felt it, and finally I needed to clarify it,” Gwen Rainbow mentioned. “When your father doesn’t such as you, you don’t perceive why.”

His dad and mom fought always, and humor grew to become his coping mechanism. “I realized this from my grandmother, my mom, that the best way to reply every little thing — adversity, despair — was to make a joke about it,” he mentioned.

The concept is on the crux of all his work, from his early “Randy Rainbow Is Dating Mel Gibson” collection (which additionally exhibits off Rainbow’s sturdy intuitive performing chops) to his most up-to-date skewering of Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida in “GAY!” which acquired almost three million views within the first 11 days after its launch. Rainbow’s present is taking the completely appalling and tragic and worst of human conduct “and making individuals really feel higher about it, as a result of that’s how I made myself really feel higher,” he mentioned.

Today, Rainbow is feeling fairly good, and with good cause. Whereas he grew to become a family title by taking over the darkness of Trump’s presidency, he has discovered loads of headlines to lampoon, as his newest movies of DeSantis and Marjorie Taylor Inexperienced (“Gurl You’re a Karen”) can attest. His e book tour started this week, however he’s already eager about what he’ll write subsequent.

“I’m pondering my subsequent e book might be like, full ‘Intercourse in The Metropolis.’ A relationship e book,” he mentioned. “I feel possibly that can drive me to get on the market if I inform myself, ‘Oh, it’s analysis for a e book …’ and that can lead me to discovering the love of my life.”

Any explicit kind?

“Jake Tapper,” he says, with out hesitation.

“Daddy, severe, accountable, will deal with me, has the solutions,” he mentioned, “as a result of I haven’t acquired them. That’s who I would like. America’s boyfriend, Jake Tapper. If he decides he’s prepared, I may be taking myself off Bumble.”