Year 2001 News Archive

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Funny Gay Males has a new website at FunnyGayMales.com. The group, composed of Danny McWilliams, Jaffe Cohen, and Eddie Sarfaty had a five month run this season.
There's an article in the current Bay Area Reporter on Bob Douglas, the crippled comic and the comedy open mike he's hosting, Castro Comedy, which is restarting on January 9th. The B.A.R. no longer updates their website, so you'll have to check out the paper.
Sabrina Matthews has a new CD, "Now What Was I Saying" -- see her website for more information. Also, she'll be performing in San Francisco at Cobb's in December.
Added a link to Georgia Ragsdale's website.
Added a link to QStage.
Chris Maltby has gone musical and is now appearing in a VERY updated version of Godspell at the Loring Playhouse in Minneapolis from November 1 through November 25. This ain't your parents' musical, baby. He'll be appearing at the QComedy showcase in San Francisco on December 3rd.
New comedy website: ComedySpeak.com, which has streaming audio of interviews and roundtables with comedians.
Article on Vickie Shaw.
Our November 12 QComedy Showcase will be a benefit for Bay Area Young Positives. The host will be Regina Stoops -- see main page for full lineup.
Karen Ripley will be teaching "The Magic of Improv" at the Harvey Milk Institute in San Francisco on Thursday starting November 1st. For more information and to register for the class, see class information.
Marga Gomez is appearing in her new solo show, "The Twelve Days of Cochina" at Theatre Rhino November 8 - December 8.
Bas Bleu is producing a lesbian comedy night Oct 20 in Phoenix with Judy Carter, Suzy Berger, and Karen Williams.
Profile of Lisa Geduldig from the S.F. Chronicle.
SF Examiner story on S.F. comedy, including Queer Comedy Quackup, the QComedy Showcase, Bridget Schwartz, and more.
We Mean It Productions has announced their Fall show, Saturday, November 10 with Elvira Kurt, Jaffe Cohen, and Mary Carouba in Santa Rosa. More info.
Bob Douglas is hosting a weekly open mike called "Castro Comedy" Friday nights at 8 pm at Art's Coffee Shop, 138 Church St., Next to St. Francis Church, Across from Safeway. The cover is $10, with no minimum, NOTALF.
For those of you in Boston, queer comedy duo Brian and Mal are appearing in a noir spoof with a queer twist, "The Big Dish." Check out their website.
Karen Ripley is one of the semi-finalists in Comedy Central's Laugh Riots competition. She will be competing at the Punchline in San Francisco Sunday September 9th.

Added link to queer improv group Boy Girl Boy.

Queer Comedy Quack Up is being presented by Kung Pao Kosher Comedy on Saturday, October 13.
For those of you who were wondering, the winner of this year's third annual Russian River Comedy Comedy Competition, held on Saturday August 18, was Mary C. Matthews. Runner up was Yayne Abeba and third place went to Tessie Chua. Also in the finals: Dana Cory and Tony Dijamco. Congratulations to all!
The Depot in Sacramento is hosting three nights of comedy as part of Sacramento's Rainbow Festival: Friday August 31 Michele Balan, Saturday Sept 1 Lois Bromfield, and Sunday Sept 2 Scott Kennedy. It's at 2001 K St., Sacramento, 916-441-6823.
Nick Leonard gets featured in a spotlight in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Marga Gomez has a new website at MargaGomez.com with performance dates, pictures, and more.
The Theater Offensive in Boston will be presenting OUT On The Edge: 10th Annual Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Theater from September 5-29 at the Boston Center for the Arts. Performers include Alec Mapa, Regie Cabico and Aileen Cho, Susan Jeremy, Marga Gomez and Janice Perry. Their website is at http://www.thetheateroffensive.org
Yep, we're moving again... this time, our next show will be Monday August 13th at 8:30 PM at 848 Community Space, 848 Divisadero. We've got the space reserved through the end of September, and we may continue doing the show there after that point if it's working out. Please come down and check it out. Note that the time and price as well as the location have changed. It's now $8, but there's a sliding scale and nobody turned away for lack of funds. It's on the Divisadero and Fulton bus lines and only a few blocks south of Geary.
Julie Goldman's folk rock alter-ego, Indigo Etheridge has a CD out now -- ordering info here.
Webpage for Lea DeLaria featuring her new jazz CD.
For those in New York, Don't Tell Mama is doing the Gay & Lesbian Stand-up & Musical Comedy Fest on Saturdays at 10:30pm from June 30th-Aug. 4th, 2001. It's hosted by singer/songwriter Michael Conley, with Chuck Sweeney as Miss Peggy Lee, Rick Skye as Liza Minnelli, Deian McBryde, Beth Sherman, Sidney Myer, Lisa Kaplan, and Craig Coursey. Don't Tell Mama is at 343 West 46th Street. $10 cover, 2 drink minimum, make reservations at 212-757-0788.
In case I didn't mention it before, Monday Night Gay Comedy is moving to Theatre Rhinoceros July 2nd. It's going to be every other Monday in July.
Seattle-based comedian Chris Maltby is spending the summer in Minneapolis acting in the play "Party," which runs through the end of July. He's received great press -- the Minneapolis Star Tribune's critic wrote "special mention must go to Seattle import Chris Maltby (Ray), who is the ever-sparkling mirror ball of this party, flinging off comic flashes in every direction."
there's weekly event called Out for Laughs Thursday at the Haha Cafe in North Hollywood.

Mark Davis wrote a piece published on the last page of that big thick glossy gay pride guide.

There's some good articles on performers who were in Lisa Geduldig's Funny Girlz last night -- one from the Oakland Tribune on Bridget Schwartz and one from the BAR on Page Hurwitz.
Comedy Central is running what I guess is a block of gay comedians on Friday June 15th: Elvira Kurt at 8 pm, Jim David at 8:30, Sabrina Matthews at 9, and Mario Cantone at 9:30. I'm not familiar with Cantone -- apparently a New York comedian who has done stage and movie work -- but it sounds like guilt by association. Check local listings.

Ed Karvoski Jr., author of the gay comedy book A Funny Time To Be Gay is working on a new book project called Award Winning Men. So if any of you guys out there have won any titles, awards, or sporting events, get in touch with him.

Hank Hyena is presenting one of his comedy showcases with his comedy students at the Double Play on Friday June 8th. Hank is teaching a comic monologue class for eight Mondays from 7:00-9:30 pm from June 11-July 30 at BUILD (483 Guerrero St.) The cost is $150. For more information, call 415-643-8118 or email hh@sfbayrevolution.org
Lorne Newman will be performing at the Calgary Comedy Festival in Alberta June 13-16.
Jason Stuart has a new comedy CD out called "Gay Comedy Without A Dress." It's available for sale at his website.
Page Hurwitz is going to New York to perform June 6th on a showcase for the Toyota Comedy Festival at the Gotham Comedy Club. Also appearing: Bob Montgomery, Jaffe Cohen, Julie Goldman, Nora Burns, and Mark McCombs.
Added a link on the festivals page to Funny Women Fest, which is in Chicago July 19-22.

Comedy Camp is a weekly gay comedy night in London, England hosted by Simon Happily.

In the SF Chronicle's new serial Cosmopolitans, by Jane Ganahl, there's a gay stand-up comedian character named Greg. San Francisco comedy fans should be able to decipher who he's based on. In fact Ganahl, who used to write for the Hearst Examiner, is very knowledgeable about standup comedy and has penned several comedian profiles in the past.

Marga Gomez will be performing "High Highs, Lower Lows" as part of the 2001 Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday June 8th and 9th at SomArts.

Added a link to GirlComic.Net.

The Gotham Comedy Club in New York does a monthly gay comedy show called Homo Comicus.
QComedy.com is producing a comedy benefit for the East Bay Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club. It will be Saturday, May 19, 8 pm, and the performers are Karen Ripley, Julia Jackson, Pippi Lovestocking, Darrick Richardson, and Nick Leonard. It's at the Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club, 1650 Mountain Boulevard at Thornhill, Oakland, California.
Jason Stuart, Lois Bromfield and Julie Goldman appear at the annual Gayla benefit for PBS in Denver, Colorado on Saturday April 21st.
Article on Brian and Mal from Boston's Bay Windows.
The current issue of the Advocate has an article on Reno. You can read it on their website. She's doing a TV show for Bravo called Citizen Reno.
Added a link for Make It So Productions, producers of Viva Variety. Also added a calendar listing for the May Viva Variety show.

New website for Boston-based comedy duo Brian and Mal.

Added a listing on the calendar page for the Seventh annual Lesbian and Gay Comedy night in Santa Rosa, which includes appearances by Vicky Shaw, Julie Goldman, Dan Rothenburg, and host Danny Willians.

Added a calendar listing for Funny Girlz, presented by Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, with Elvira Kurt, René Hicks, Bridget Schwartz, Page Hurwitz, Latina Theatre Lab, and Yayne Abeba.

The lineup for the "Queer Madness Show" at the Boston Comedy Festival on Wednesday, April 4th has been announced. It will be hosted by Richard Hatch (winner of "Survivor") and will feature comedy by Bryan Lee Emler, David MacLean, Brent Sverdloff, and The Brian+Mal Show.
Added a couple of upcoming appearances by Kate Clinton, one at Stanford and one in San Jose.
Added a link to On the Purple Circuit, a newsletter on GLQBT theatre and performance.
Nick Leonard pictured in an article in the Golden Gate Express
Bryan Lee Emler is one of the comedians who will be performing at a gay comedy showcase at the Boston Comedy Festival called "Queer Madness" on Wednesday, April 4th. More details to come...
Suzanne Westenhoefer will be performing in a benefit for Theatre Rhino April 27th & 28th at the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.
Blake will be hosting a combination standup comedy and male strip show, "Stand Up with Balls" at the New Meat Campus Theater at 220 Jones St. in San Francisco. [note to those who are Googleing: the New Meat Campus Theater is not a gay venue anymore as of 2004.] This will happen about once a month, and the first one is Thursday Feb 15th. Also appearing are Pippi Lovestocking and John Sugar. New Meat's website [note: link is to an adult site.]
Added a page of comedy festivals to the website.
New York-based performer Greg Walloch has a new website. He's hosting monthly shows the last Wednesday of every month -- this month the performers include Rob Nash and Julie Goldman.

Nick Leonard will be performing on Saturday, February 17 at the Russian River Resort in Guerneville. Dana Cory will be opening.

Marga Gomez will be performing along with Vicki Lawrence, and Rita Moreno in The Vagina Monologues at Theatre on the Square Feb 6 to Feb 18
Regina Stoops has an upcoming performance in February in the East Bay. You can find out more at this website
This coming Monday, Jan 22, Comedy Central will be broadcasting Sabrina Matthews' new special. Visit their website for an excerpt and a backstage interview.
I've heard that Comedy Central has bought the rights to broadcast the Canadian TV show Comedy Now, including appearances by Elvira Kurt and Gavin Crawford. I still haven't seen Gavin Crawford in action, but he performed at last year's Aspen Comedy Festival and he's highly acclaimed.
In case you missed Ellen Degeneres' HBO comedy special "The Beginning," it's being released on video at the end of this month.

Poppy Champlin will be heading to Australia to perform in the Queer Comedy Showcase at Mardi Gras in February.

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