Huntington native Randy Rainbow was nominated this week for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Short Form Variety Series, pitting him against several other talents, including Billy on the Street and Carpool Karaoke.
The Youtube star continues to make headlines with his satirical commentary and singing about political issues. He frequently edits himself into real video of politicians and celebrities, winking, raising an eyebrow, sometimes singing as he pretends to interview them. He got his start mocking actor Mel Gibson and disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner. His most recent performances have focused primarily on President Trump and members of his administration.
Rainbow’s father was Gerry Rainbow, a bandleader at the defunct Huntington Town House, who moved the family to Florida when Randy was a child.
He was profiled by The Washington Post earlier this year, which wrote, “His mother remembers that Randy spoke full sentences at 18 months and was drawn to music as a toddler, especially the Broadway cast albums usually playing in the home. ‘I knew he was gay by the time he was 3′, says Gwen Rainbow, 68, a medical transcriptionist. “’He was constantly putting on shows and making the girls be the prince. He was always Snow White’.”
The Emmy awards show will air Sept.22 on Fox.