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Archive page of QComedy News from the year 2005.
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For links to queer comedian websites in alphabetic order, see here.
There are a couple of Gay Comedy related discussion groups on Myspace, http://groups.myspace.com/gaycomics and http://groups.myspace.com/Gaycomedy.
Gotham Comedy Club is opening a new 300-seat club on 23rd Street in New York City near the Chelsea Hotel, and their Homo Comicus showcase is continuing on Thusday Jan 5 with Michele Balan, Kim Cea, Judy Gold, Bob Smith, Larry Amoros, and host Marion Grodin. It's at West 23rd Street (between 7th and 8th Aves.), NYC. $12 cover/2 beverage min. Reservations: 212-367-9000.
Three Dollar Bill Comedy: A monthly gay night of comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater LA. Featuring sketch, improv, stand up and more from gay performers and performers with gay sensibility. Email email@example.com for info.
Added a link to the website of San Francisco-based comic Julia Jackson.
Added a link to the website of St. Louis-based comedian Tommy Chamberlain.
Chicago has a new Gay and Lesbian Comedy Showcase. It's at The O Lounge! 2813 North Broadway, Chicago IL. It's the first Sunday of EVERY month, 9PM-11PM beginning January 8th For Information please contact Ken Arnott at: Karnott_@excite.com
QComedy is moving. Starting in January 2006 our shows will be at a new location and on a new day of the week. It will be at The Jon Sims Center, 1519 Mission St (between 11th St. and South Van Ness), South of Market, San Francisco. Our shows will be twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Please come down and check out the new venue.
Added a link to the website of Bob Loblaw, a troupe of gay comedians in Vancouver, BC.
"Gay Comics Needed" -- Nick Tarr is putting together a tour of gay comedy and looking for the best of the best. He need your demos to review your style. Please mail demos to: Nick Tarr Productions, 3836 N. 14th Ave. , Phoenix, AZ. 85013
Jerry Calumn is a stand-up comic/activist based in Los Angeles. and his website is http://www.jerrycalumn.com
"Queer Comedy at the Grounds" will run every Saturday night 8-9:30 p.m. in West Hollywood, California at The Grounds Coffee Shop starting Oct. 8, 2005. It's at 8543 Santa Monica Blvd. Second Floor, 1/2 block west of La Cienega, located above The Courtyard Restaurant. Comedians contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. http://www.thegaymafia.net/queerground
Lesbian comic Karen Ripley will be performing at the University of the Pacific in Stockton Tuesday, October 11, 2005, at 8 p.m., this year's National Coming Out Day.
As part of the third annual New York City Underground Comedy Festival, Homo Comicus welcomes L.A.-based comic Kathleen Madigan (numerous TV appearances including her own HBO and Comedy Central specials, two seasons on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" (last female comic standing!)), Judy Gold (from HBO, Comedy Central, her own Logo Channel special), Bob Smith (The Tonight Show's first openly gay comic, HBO, Comedy Central, founding member of "Funny Gay Males" and award-winning author of several books), L.A.-based Page Hurwitz (her own Logo Channel special), comic diva and Broadway chanteuse Kim Cea (MAC Award and Bud Light Ladies of Laughter Award winner: Best Female Stand-Up) and more! Hosted by Frank DeCaro (from Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," TV Land's "Tickled Pink," and Sirius Radio's "The Frank DeCaro Show"). Thursday, Oct. 6. 8:30pm. Gotham Comedy Club, 34 W. 22nd St., NYC. $12 cover/2 bev. min. Reservations: 212-367-9000.
A couple of queer shows have been selected for special Best of the Fringe showcases at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. LOUNGE-ZILLA!: Asian Sings The Blues" with Dennis T. Giacino and Fiely A. Matias and Show me where it hurts with Karen Ripley and Annie Larson. Both shows are going to be Saturday October 1st at the Exit Theater. For more information, see http://www.sffringe.org
Added a link to the website of Matina Bevis, who is based in Los Angeles.
Jen Kober has advanced to the semi-finals of the SF Int'l Stand-Up Comedy Competition. Please come support her in the contest. Her upcoming dates can be found at http://www.kobercomedy.com
The Second Annual George Bush Going Away Party -- an evening of political comedy presented by Kung Pao Kosher Comedy will be Saturday October 15. Performers include Bill Santiago, Diane Amos, Scott Blakeman, Lisa Geduldig, Alana Devich, Ross Tuerner, and Aunre the Wonderwoman. For more details see http://www.koshercomedy.com
Dawn Whitwell is a lesbian writer and comedian from Toronto. Her site is http://www.dawnwhitwell.com
The 30th Annual San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition is this month. Among those who are performing are Jen Kober, who is in the first preliminary round (Sept 14-18), and Dana Goldberg, who is in the second round (Sept 21-25). For more information check out the schedule of the competion. Shows are in various places in the S.F. region, but none are actually in San Francisco itself.
The Boston Comedy and Movie Festival will feature the following show on Sept 11: COMEDY ON THE EDGE at Improv Asylum at 8:00p.m. Boston's gay and lesbian population has always produced some of the funniest acts, come see man of a 1,000 impressions Bob Gautreu, as he headlines "Comedy on the Edge" at this years Boston Comedy and Movie Festival. Join host Amy Tee and comedienne Ellen Moschetto for a night of guaranteed laughs. Gay or straight these three will have you in stitches Brought to you by the edge Boston. $10.00. For Tickets call 617-263-6887 or visit http://www.improvasylum.com
Added a link to the website of Australian comic Jody Ekert
Added a link to New York-based performer Jamie Pierce.
Added a link to the website of Sandra Valls, www.WeLoveSandra.com
Pink Vixen Comedy Arts presents "Girls Like Me", Part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Written & Performed by Morgan Brayton. Runs September 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17th at the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac) at 9 pm. Whether you were a 30 Helens fan, a new Morgan fan or have never even heard of the bitch this is the show for you! From sketch comedy to story-telling to stripping, Morgan reveals herself and her comedic talents in her first full-length solo show. Combining storytelling and sketch comedy, Morgan introduces the audience to the world of women who live inside her head but frequently escape to make people laugh. $10 at the door Additional one-time $5 Fringe Festival Membership Card applies $12 in advance through Festival Box Office http://www.festivalboxoffice.com (no, that's not a typo, it's more expensive in advance) No minors. Wheelchair accessible. Come see "Assaulted Fish For You" at 7:30 and stay for "Girls Like Me" at 9 pm. More info at http://www.pinkvixencomedyarts.com
Wisecrack is the name of the gay standup comedy series on the LOGO network. Among those featured are Judy Gold, Alec Mapa, Vicki Shaw, Doug Holsclaw, Pge Hurwitz, and Miss Coco Peru.
Part of the Vancouver Comedyfest will be The Funny and Gay Show, hosted by Scott Thompson on Thursday, September 22nd. There will be local auditions earlier in the day to get in the show.
The winner of this year's annual Russian River Comedy Competion, which took place August 20th, is Kenny Yun. Congratulations!
Ronn Vigh has a new website, www.RonnRonnRonn.com. He also is appearing in the play "10 Naked Men" at the Eureka Theater.
A new link was added to the webpage of Richard Ryder, who is a member of the gay stand-up troupe Oot & Aboot.
Lounge-Zilla! will be part of the SF Fringe Festival. The show runs between September 9th and 18th. For more information, visit http://kookyart.com/oopsguys/pressreleasesanfran.htm
The Nellie Olesons (Terrence Michael, John Cantwell, and Nora Burns) are appearing in Los Angeles in Older! Uglier! Meaner! The show returns to the Cavern Club Theater Sept. 15 - 24 then extends at the Davidson/Valentini Theater at L.A.'s Gay and Lesbian Center Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, where they will be joined by the real Nellie Oleson, actress/activist/gay icon, Alison Arngrim.
Here's the details: September 15 - 24: 9 p.m. (Thurs & Fri), 8 & 10 p.m. (Saturdays), at the Cavern Club Theater at Casita Del Campo Restaurant, 1920 Hyperion Ave. Silverlake, CA 90027. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. reservations: 323.969.2530. http://www.cavernclubtheater.com
And then the Nellie Olesons continue: September 29 - October 1, 8 p.m., Davidson/Valentini Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038. tickets: $15. reservations: 323.860.7300
Chicago-based Lesbian stand up comedy troupe The Hysterical Women started in the Summer of 1998 and are having a One Night Only Reunion Show. It's Sunday, August 21 at 8 pm at Star Gaze, 5419 N. Clark St. in Chicago. $5 Cover Charge. For more info: email@example.com
Added a link to the website of Australian performer Kitty Minge.
Comedian Kate Clinton has a new book out, titled "What The L?." For more information, visit http://www.kateclinton.com
Outlaugh is a gay comedy festival running July 28-31, 2005 in Los Angeles. It's put together by The Gay Mafia. Performing are Lea DeLaria, Reichen, Ant, Bobaloo, Jerry Calumn, Roy Cruz, Jason Dudey, The Gay Mafia, Stephanie Howard, Sabrina Matthews, The Nellie Olesons, Jen Slusser, Bob Smith, Jason Stuart, and more. For more information, visit http://www.thegaymafia.net/outlaugh
There is a new show at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles Wednesday Nights called The Original Queers of Comedy hosted by Stella. RSVP for the guestlist (each rsvp up to 6 people) to: firstname.lastname@example.org until Wed night at 6:00 pm . Laugh Factory in Hollywood , 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90046 . Reservations 323-656-1336 x1
Added a link to the website of comedian Dale Sorenson.
Comic Marilyn Pittman has an article in this Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle about gay comedy.
LA's The Gay Mafia comedy group serves up two more performances of "The Gay Mafia: Spring Fling!" at The Tamarind Theater in Hollywood. Saturdays June 11 and June 18 at 10:30 p.m. Don't miss out! Red hot improv and experimental sketch comedy. http://www.thegaymafia.net
Scott Kennedy has a couple of upcoming gigs -- Thursday June 9 he's at the Improv in San Jose in a benefit for San Jose's gay center, and Saturday June 11 at 10:30 pm he headlines a Gay Pride comedy show at Bonkerz at Universal's CityWalk in Los Angeles which also features Mary Kennedy. For more info and comps email Mary at email@example.com
The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal has announced their lineup for 2005. Among the shows is a Queer Comics show on July 24th with Miss Peggy Lee, Alan Carr, and Erin Foley.
Added a link to the website of Faith Choyce, who's based in Los Angeles.
The Comedy Spot in Scottsdale, Arizona is the site of a new monthly gay comedy night on the last Wednesday of each month hosted by Janice Gennevois.
There is also a gay comedy night on Saturday, May 21st at The Sets in Tempe with host Kass McPherson, and featuring Nick Tarr and Darren Elder, plus a special appearance by the Pussy Posse.
Queer as Tuesdays at Second City in Toronto is no longer happening because the Second City performance space has closed.
Comedian Jason P. Lorber, who was elected to the Vermont legislature in November 2004, will be performing along with the improv troupe Kamakazee Comedy Company on Saturday, June 4th at the Vergennes Opera House in Vergennes, Vermont. Tickets are $15, although advance ticket sales are available for $12 by calling 802-877-6737. No surcharge for credit cards. Wheelchair accessible.
BATS Improv will be hosting a pride show on Thursday, June 2 at 8 pm -- Laugh OUT Loud! The Prince Charming & Xena Show. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. http://www.improv.org/shows/pride.htm
Lighten Up Productions presents "Stand-Up for Pride" at the LGBT Center, Market @ Octavia, San Francisco, on Pink Saturday, June 25. Two shows, 8 & 10pm, starring Marilyn Pittman and featuring the up and coming comics Nick Leonard, Alana Devich, Nico Santos, and Jen Kober. Tickets are $25 each and are available on the web at: http://cityboxoffice.com or by calling 415-392-4400.
There are a couple of different Gay Comedy shows in London, England on the 20th of June during Pride week.
Bobaloo and Gregg Paz are starting a new new bi-weekly show in West Hollywood called Milk Shoot. (I assume the name has to do with laughing while drinking.) It's billed as "A night of insane comedy, and it's at the Parlour Club, 7702 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. The first show is Sunday, June 5 (note date change) with the schedule 7pm - booze, 7:30pm - 9:30pm - funny weirdos, 9:30pm - more booze. No Cover, No 2 Drink Minimum. (Subsequent shows are June 19th, July 3rd?, July 17th...) For more info, call 323-650-7968, visit www.parlourclub.com or www.bobaloorox.com
Added a link to the website of OUTmedia, which has biographies of queer comedians and other performers.
Queertown, a production of the West End Comedy Theatre in Dallas, Texas, blends social/political satire and sketch with improvisation and music to create a unique perspective of gay life in the good ol' USA. They have monthly shows. Upcoming performances: May 19, 8PM at The West End Comedy Theatre ( www.westendcomedy.com ), 603 Munger Street, 1st Floor of the historic West End MarketPlace in World-famous Dallas Alley, 75202, Tickets: $15, Box office: 214.880.9990; July 29-30, Dallas Comedy Festival 2005 ( http://www.dallascomedyfestival.com). Queertown e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Queertown website
Los Angeles' very first gay and lesbian comedy festival, OUTLAUGH! 2005 will be hosted by The Gay Mafia, July 28-31, 2005. It will be at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. Submissions are being accepted.
The website for the 2005 We're Funny That Way fest is now up.
Added a link to the website of Morgan Brayton from Vancouver.
Added a link to the website of Ian Harvie, a comedian based in New England.
Poppi Kramer is hosting 'Suddenly, Stand-Up' featuring performers from Comedy Central, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Nickelodeon, The Food Network, Broadway & Off-Broadway Shows, all the top clubs in NYC and Comics making their Stand-Up Comedy Debuts! Every Wednesday at 7:00pm, No Cover, 2-For-1 Drinks, Doors open at 6:00pm. At The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Ave., New York City. Poppi's website is http://www.poppikramer.com
Comedy troupe Queer Soup has upcoming shows in Boston April 17, May 22nd and May 27th. For full details, check http://www.queersoup.net/
Bas Bleu Productions is presenting a comedy show with Lisa Koch and Michele Balan in Tucson, Phoenix, and Prescott Arizona on April 8, 9, and 10, respectively.
Sorry, the Saturday April 9th comedy show in Jersey City, Laugh Out Proud, with Poppi Kramer, Paul Hallasy, & Darryl Hill has been cancelled.
"The Most Races Show on Earth!" is a stand-up comedy showcase featuring Toronto's funniest and most multicultural performers, performing for one night only, on Sunday, May 1st (8pm), at the exclusive Atlantis Theatre in Ontario Place. Featuring gay comic, Ted Morris, as well as comedians representing Italians, to Filipinos to Jamaicans, it's a Comedy culture clash! Part of the proceeds are going to the CAERS (Canadian Anti-Racism Education and Research Society). Tickets are $23.40 and are available through Ticketmaster. For more information please visit the website at http://www.themostracesshowonearth.com
We Mean It Productions will present their 11th Anniversary Pride Comedy Night on Saturday, June 4 at 8pm. The show features The Kinsey Sicks, Amy Boyd, and Lisa Koch. Partial proceeds benefit Marriage Equality Sonoma. It's at Luther Burbank Center (LBC), 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Tix: $20-35 reserved seating. Includes admission to post-performance dance. Tix thru LBC Box Office (707-546-3600) or http://www.tickets.com For more info visit http://www.wemeanit.net or the LBC website.
The 2005 "We're Funny That Way" gay and lesbian comedy festival in Toronto will be May 11-15, 2005. It will be at Buddies in Bad Times Theater. The fest's new website at http://www.werefunnythatway.com will be up soon.
One of the columns at MisterSF.com includes a report on the "Valencia Rose Revisited" panel which included Doug Holsclaw, Ron Lanza, Tom Ammiano, and Karen Ripley.
in Denver, Colorado, PBS station KBDI-TV and Out Front Colorado will be holding their 10th annual Comedy Gay-La on Saturday, May 14. The show will feature Shann Carr, Bob Smith, and Mimi Gonzalez. Tickets may be purchased online here and there is a banner about the GayLa at KDBI's website.
Thursday, March 25 the Dinah Shore Golf Weekend in Palm Springs will kick off with the Queens of Comedy show featuring Michele Balan, Sabrina Matthews, and Poppy Champlin.
Added a link to the website of Candian comedian Trevor Boris.
Here's a message about a script-writing contest from Uncabaret:
The Other Network TV Writing Contest gives you the chance to get your script read by top TV showrunners...
The 2004 comedy contest brought hundreds of entries from all over the U.S. and Canada. Seven winning scripts were read by Bob Odenkirk, Jay Kogen, Cindy Chupack, Jenny Bicks, Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein, John Riggi, and Alan Zweibel.
Un-Cabaret Multi-Media has optioned several of these scripts and is currently shopping them to agents, producers & networks, including one which has Alan Zweibel attached as Executive Producer.
Entry form & registration at uncabaret.com: http://www.uncabaret.com/tvcontest.html
Half-hour and one-hour script deadline: July 1, 2005
Now you can also submit one-hour scripts to the Other Network TV Writing Contest. The winners will receive script notes from -- Winnie Holzman (creator of "My So-Called Life", writer of "Wicked"), Bryan Fuller (creator of "Wonderfalls" and "Dead Like Me"), and Amy Lippman (co-creator & Executive Producer of "Party of Five").
Did we mention that the 6 top winning scripts will also receive free Shout Factory DVDs including "Freaks & Geeks", "SCTV", and "Home Movies"?: http://www.uncabaret.com/tvcontest.html
We can't wait to see what you have!
Added a link to the webpage of Hector Coris, a musical comedian based in New York City.
Added info to the links page about Katie McCabe and the weekly comedy night "Jab" she hosts at Punch in New York City.
Suzanne Westenhoefer is performing Saturday, April 16th at the Monthclair Women's Cultural Arts Club. Details and tickets at http://www.eastbayvoice.org/tickets
She's also performing April 15th in Santa Cruz at Kuumbwa.
Added a link to the website of Jessica Kirson.
Added a link to Miss Richfield 1981.
The lineup for the 7th annual Funny Girlz, presented by Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, is Cathy Ladman, Shann Carr, Carla Clayy, Gretchen Rootes, Alana Devich, and Lisa Geduldig.
Put in a link to the official website of British queer musical comedy duo Topping and Butch.
Added a link to ComedyDaddy.com, the website of Keith Price, who hosts comedy at the Starlight Lounge in New York City's East Village.
The lineup for the 2005 Michigan Lesbian and Gay ComedyFest, which will be March 26, 2005, has been announced. Appearing are Chantal Carrere, Sean Hetherington, Dana Austin, David MacLean, and Mimi Gonzalez.
Added an overdue link to the website of Betsy Salkind.
Zach Tocynski and The Oops Guys are among the performers at the DC Comedy Fest starting March 17th.
LA's The Gay Mafia announces the winner of their First Annual Gay Mafia Comedy Contest: Comedian Jen Slusser! Finalists included comedians Jason Dudey, Bobaloo, and Ann Lippert. See the Final Round Competition in streaming video at Outofthecloset.tv ! The Competition is "Pick of the Week!" Jen will appear next at MBar February 17
The Gay Mafia continues their latest improv/sketch comedy show - "The Gay Mafia: Stripped Bare!" at the Lyric Hyperion Theater in Silverlake, CA through March 12, 2005! Reservations: 323.634.2820.
Posted 2/9/2005: Come see this great gay comedy show at ULTRA SUDE, 661 Robertson Blvd in West Hollywood (across the street from the ABBY) Friday Feb. 11th @ 8pm with Jason Stuart (Fat Actress), Carlease! (The Terminal), Tig (Comedy Central special), Sandra Valls ( Latin sensation). Hosted by the fabulous Poppy!
Added a link to the website of Julie Potter, a lesbian comic based in San Francisco who does stand-up, improv, and also raps. The website is www.juliefuckingpotter.com
Poppy Champlin is hosting and producing Cocktails and Comedy at Girlbar in LA. The show is the second Friday of every month at 8 pm, with all queer comics. Comics wishing to perform should contact Poppy. This month features Poppy, Carlease, Jason Stuart, and Tig.
Comedian Ann Lippert has a new website.
This February at Mardi Gras in Sydney, there is a gay comedy show called New Funny Farm with hosts Claire de Lune and Verushka Darling, plus stand-ups Shelly Silberman, Jackie Loeb, Sue Lewis, Ronan McChesney and Lynnie O. There is also a solo show by Sandra Bernhard.
This week's Bay Area Reporter (local gay paper in San Francisco) has an article about the fifth anniversary of QComedy. Unfortunately, they don't have a website, so no article link.
For the past few months, Second City in Toronto has been having a monthly gay standup night. It's the 3rd Tuesday of the month. They've put up their January schedule, and it looks like the show is continuing. It's titled "Queer as Tuesday." They don't give a lineup for their January show on their website, but a websearch of past events includes folks like Elvira Kurt and David MacLean.
The Gay Mafia Comedy Troupe ( http://www.thegaymafia.net ) proudly announces... The First Annual Gay Mafia Comedy Competition -- Standup, Performance Art, Novelty. Anything Comedy. Anything Gay. Hosted by comedian Jerry Calumn. 5 minute set prelims. 7 minute set finals.
Saturday January 15 9:30 p.m.
Saturday January 22 10:30 p.m.
Saturday January 29 9:30 p.m.
First Prize: $150.
at the Lyric Hyperion Theater, 2106 Hyperion Ave. in Silverlake, CA. $10. audience admission (good for entire night/other shows on bill). Sign-up in advance required for timeslot! email@example.com or 323/634-2820
QComedy is celebrating its fifth anniversary in January, 2005. As you can see from the news archive pages, QComedy started producing comedy shows in January, 2000, shortly after the closing of Josie's Cabaret. In that time we have produced over 150 comedy showcases. The celebration of the fifth anniversary will be at the Qcomedy Showcase at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center on Monday, January 10, at 8 pm with host Scott Capurro.
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