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Archive page of QComedy News from the year 2006.
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Added a link to the website of comedian Will Davis, www.willdavis.net. Will recently took home top honors at the 2006 National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival for his stand up routine.
Comedy Spotlight is a new comedy event planned for the Winter Party Festival, a 6-day celebration and fundraising event presented by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The comedy show is Friday, March 2, 2007 from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm, and features ANT, Michele Balan and Leslie Jordan http://www.winterparty.com
Added a link to the myspace page of Chicago-based comedian Bill Cruz.
Added a link to the website of Vancouver-based comic Darcy Michael.
Added link to the MySpace page of Todd Jay, who's a comedian based in Minneapolis.
Updated a link to point to the new page of Maggie Faris.
The Lost Tribe: US Television Premiere on Logo, Saturday 21st October, 9pm (eastern). Starring Sue-Ann Post. Directed by Rachel Landers. Comedian Sue-Ann Post was raised in a strict Mormon family in rural Australia, she was rejected by her church and her family when she came out as a lesbian while still in college. Since then she has made a career often drawing on her religious background for the amusement of others. Sue's website is http://www.theloltour.com
Will Davis will be performing his solo show "Will Doesn't Live Here Anymore", an offbeat, darkly funny lounge act that blends off-kilter arrangements of popular songs with autobiographical vignettes and biting political and social commentary in a premiere at at the http://www.columbustheatrefestival.com/ in Columbus, Ohio on September 09, at 2pm. Performances continue Wednesday, September 13, at 9pm and Saturday, September 16, at 6pm. For further information visit http://willdavis.net
Added a link to the myspace page of Arizona-based comedian Kass McPherson.
Added a link to the website of Mintyfresh, Coming Out, Cocktail, I LOVE This Show and The Oh My God Variety Lab with Bryan and Rex featuring Jean Babtiste.
Larry-bob and Nick Leonard appear on the San Francisco comedy podcast the Mike and Ian show, hosted by Mike Spiegelman and Ian Jensen. It's Episode 15. http://www.spaghettiman.com/wordpress/
3rd Street Comedy at the Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, is a comedy showcase which happens each Friday. Gay Comedy will be featured on Friday September 15th with Roy Cruz, Chad Stringfellow, Chantal Carrere, Thai Rivera, Andre Kelley, and Ant. Tickets are $12 at the door or reserve (310) 656-8070 ext. 17 http://www.promenadeplayhouse.com/prod_current.html
Added a link to the blog of comic and actor Teddy Margas, who is based in Los Angeles.
Announcing: The Second Annual Gay Mafia Comedy Competition http://www.thegaymafia.net -- this year at Hamburger Mary's in Weho. Please pass the word! Prelim Round is Tuesday August 22, and the Final Round is Tuesday August 29. First Prize will be $250, plus publicity through the Gay Mafia website/newsletter etc. Second Prize will be $150. Winner will be decided by audience. Admission will be 10 bucks for audience. Portion of proceeds will go to benefit the organization, "Being Alive." Shows at 8 p.m. Prelim round will be 3-5 min. set, Final will be 7-10 min. set (which must include different material from your prelim round). Pls. send resume and/or demo to: Jerry Calumn at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Just Saying - Live gay stand-up comedy for everyone... straights included is every Third Tuesday starting July 2006 at Hamburger Mary's in West Hollywood, produced by Pat Branch and Jason Dudey. The debut show on July 18th features Shawn Pelofsky.
Zach Toczynski, from Washington, DC, has a new webpage at http://www.zachthecomic.com/
The Fresh Fruit Festival of cool GLBT theater, comedy, performance and dance, in conjunction with Homo Comicus, presents "Going Bananas," an evening of some of the freshest, fruitiest and most fabulous top bananas from the world of gay comedy, now with Jim David, Mike Albo, Betty & Joan (from "Free To Be Friends"), Lisa Kaplan, Greg Walloch and more. Hosted by fruit smoothie Jaffe Cohen. Wednesday, July 12. 8:30pm. Gotham Comedy Club, 208 West 23rd Street, NYC. $15 cover/2 beverage min. Reservations: 212-367-9000.
Lesbian owned and operated, EyeSpyLA.com presents "Divas!" stand-up comedy show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on Wednesday, July 12 at 10pm (doors open at 9:30). Featuring: Jason Dudey, Stephanie Howard, Lorayne Love, Andre Kelly, and Page Hurwitz. Please click here for more info and to buy tickets online, or call the Laugh Factory at 323.656.1336 ext. 1 for reservations.
OUTLAUGH! The Movie screens at the 24th annual Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles Sunday July 9, 2006 at 5 p.m. at the Showcase Theater 614 N. La Brea Hollywood 90036. For tickets go to: http://www.outfest.org and select "Outlaugh!" Join us at the After Party across the street at Oasis and meet the cast and filmmakers!
The First Queer Comedy Festival in America, Outlaugh! 2005, hosted by The Gay Mafia comedy troupe, was sidesplittingly funny. OUTLAUGH! takes you onstage and backstage with fiery headliner Lea DeLaria, as well as Bob Smith, Page Hurwitz, Karen Ripley, Jason Stuart, Mark Davis, Sabrina Matthews, Andre Kelley, Jerry Calumn, Stephanie Howard, Jen Slusser, Jason Dudey, Roy Cruz, Charlie Vaughn, Bobaloo, Ariana, Bill Cruz, The Gay Mafia, The Nellie Olesons, Outlaugh Creator - Mike Player, and Reichen, the openly gay winner of Amazing Race 4. OUTLAUGH! is a rib-tickiling ride that captures some of the funniest queers who have ever dared to strut their stuff.
The San Francisco-based GLBT Historical Society has started a Youtube video channel. Among the clips are comedian Danny Williams taking on gay bashers, the government, police brutality, and the Olympics at the 1984 National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights in San Francisco: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6f8O0ND67w
Added a link to the website of J.Son Dinant, a comedian from Las Vegas NV, and also his other site, The Laugh Corner.
Added a link to the website of UK-based comedian Zoe Lyons.
Lounge-Zilla!, who have a new website at http://www.loungezillasings.com has been invited to represent the USA in 'Camp Comedy 2006' -- the first-ever international gay Asian comedy festival in Singapore! The event is May 18-21, 2006 and also features London's Sebastian Tan (better known as 'Broadway Beng'), Australia's Rick Lau and Singapore's top comedian/drag artist Kumar. The festival website is http://www.fly.com.sg/campcomedy/
Lounge-Zilla! will headline at Club InsideOUT this summer in the northern New England gay mecca of Ogunquit, Maine. The Armageddon of Queer Cabaret opens his month-long run on July 6. Check the www.loungezillasings.com website for more info.
Lounge-Zilla! is currently on an international tour that includes such cities as Singapore, Orlando, Ogunquit, Halifax Nova Scotia, New York City, Portland Oregon, Seattle, and Vancouver!
Lesbian comedian Michele Balan will be appearing on the 4th season of Last Comic Standing. The permiere is a two hour special on Tuesday May 30th. She's the only out lesbian comedian to be on the show, and could use your support! Her website is http://www.michelebalan.com
Added a link to the Myspace page of Buffalo, NY comic Kristen Becker, who is also a member of vaudevillian style burlesque troupe The Stripteasers.
Added a listing for comedian Dana Austin to the Links page
Added a link to Chicago event producers Madman Productions to the links page.
Added a link to the weblog of Lisa Egan, who is a comedian from London, England who will be performing at QComedy's April 23rd show.
Added a link to the site of Adam Lehman, a comedian, writer and actor based in New York.
Bent Double is a queer-friendly night of comedy at Komedia in Brighton, England hosed by Zoe Lyons. It replaces Komedia's previous queer comedy night, Screamers.
The LGBT comedy event in Toronto Canada, We're Funny That Way will be happening this year from Wednesday May 24-Saturday May 27. Performers include Margot Kidder, Maggie Cassella, Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath, Trevor Boris, Dina Martina, The Nellie Olesons, Jonathan Wilson, Ed Sahely, Ian Sirota, The Wet Spots, Kate Clinton, Karen Williams Zoe Lewis, and Varla Jean Merman. Visit the website for more information.
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has announced the lineup for the 8th Annual Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women's Humor. Performing are Carol Leifer, Shazia Mirza, Luenell, Tanyalee Davis, and Lisa Geduldig. The show is Saturday, May 20 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. For more information, visit KosherComedy.com
Ragged Blade in St. Louis is presenting the St. Louis National Gay Comedy Jam March 16-19 with performers including Michael Burke, Matthew Crehan Higgins, and Nick Tarr.
There are a number of comedians performing Feb 28-March 5 at Ascent at Lake Tahoe, the gay and lesbian ski weekend. Scott Kennedy, Stephanie Howard, and Howie Nave are performing at Harveys Improv, Kathy Griffin and Ant will be at Caesars, and Cheril Vendetti and Nick Leonard will be at Curve and Logo's "Winter Party Crashers" all-night snow ball at Nero's at Ceasars.
Added a link to FunnyIndianLady.com, the website of Sapna Kumar, an Indian lesbian comedian and actor based in Chicago.
Saturday, April 8, there will be an event titled Laughter is the Best Medicine, a night of gay comedy plus silent auction to benefit the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. It's presented by Mr. Palm Springs Bear, Don MacCready, and is hosted by Bobaloo, featuring Jerry Calumn, Jason Dudey, plus more comics! 6 pm cocktails and slient auction, 7 pm comedy. At Heaven Nightclub, 611 S. Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA. Tickets are $30 at the door. Purchase advance tickets by contacting Don at 760-992-3730 or DonbearCA at AOL.com
Added a link to the website of Asian Poster Bride, a standup comic/marriage equality activist based in the Bay Area.
Marga Gomez and Tom Ammiano will be featured at the Sunday Feb 12 QComedy show.
Heather Gold will be performing in New York City on February 21 and 22nd, doing her solo show "I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify As a Cookie" at Ars Nova. She bakes chocolate chip cookies in the show with the audience, and everyone gets a cookie. Full info at http://www.subvert.com/cookieshow
Got this email from Judy Brown, who edits comedy books...
Appear Alongside Margaret Cho, Ellen DeGeneres, Ant and Other Top Comics. I'm the editor of successful (and gay friendly) comedy books which collect of the best material from comedians, including The Comedy Thesaurus http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=1594740585&itm=1 and Jokes to Go http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?endeca=1&isbn=0740738992
If you'd like to submit material for possible inclusion in my next book, please send a minimum of a dozen lines or bits from which I can choose, and a bio or credits line (which can include either your email or website address), to: email@example.com
Your material will be credited to you, of course, and your bio or resume will be included in the index. There's no compensation, but comedian contributors have used their inclusion in the books to promote their careers, and if you dream of publishing your own humor book, this will give you a publishing credit. (Contributors can also buy copies at 50% Author discount.)
Sandra Bernhard has a new CD of music and monologue titled "Gems of Mystery." It's available exclusively on her website.
The South Beach Comedy Festival runs January 18-21, 2006 and includes an appearance by Mario Cantone.
Adam Sank is a New York City-based comic who hosts the Electro Shock Therapy Comedy Hour at New York's Therapy bar.
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