Year 2003 News Archive

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Archive page of QComedy News from the year 2003.
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New York-based comedian Vidur Kapur is performing on December 26th at the Jon Sims Center and on December 27th at the Russian River Resort. He also frequently performs and produces shows in New York.
There will be a Gay and Lesbian Comedy Night on Friday, January 23, 2004 at 8 PM at Martini Blues in Huntington Beach, CA. The show will be hosted by Jason Dudey, with feature Vicki Warner and headliner Jennie McNulty. Ticket price: $7 per ticket online, $10 at the door, $10 food/drink minimum. Visit http://www.killerkomedy.com/gay/gay.htm for more information.
Nick Leonard is teaching sketch comedy classes for the Hyena Comedy Institute. Classes are starting in January 2004.
Added a link to the website of Dana Goldberg
There's an article on Lisa Geduldig of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy in the Jewish Bulletin. [I guess the fact-checkers didn't figure out the writer made a mistake on who produces QComedy shows, which for the record, are produced by Nick Leonard with assistance from yours truly, Larry-bob.]
There's an article in the Jewish Bulletin about Bay Area comedy, including comedians Betsy Salkind, Adam Sandel and Dattner.
Cobb's comedy club in San Francisco is reopening this week, and has a special show on Sunday November 16 at 8 pm starring Suzanne Westenhoefer with Janis Lipton and Reanie Roads. Cobb's is now at 915 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco.

Added a link to Toronto-based comedian Donna Michelle Morris.

There are a couple of current magazine articles about gay comedians. There's one in the October issue of Instinct (have to look at the paper magazine for that), and also one from the Advocate.

As the Advocate article says, there is a new DVD, Coming Out Party, with Dan Renzi, Bob Smith, Terry Sweeney, John Riggi, Jackie Beat, Sabrina Matthews, and Rene Hicks. There is a website for the DVD.

Added a link to the webpage of Steve Moore who appeared in the Out There special, We're Funny That Way, and Drop Dead Gorgeous (A Tragicomedy).
The Gay Mafia will perform an all-sketch show "More Experimenting With The Gay Mafia" as part of "LA's Fest of Sketch" at The McCadden Place Theatre in Hollywood.
Saturday, November 8, 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 9, 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 13, 7 p.m.
Visit their website for full details.
Comedian Nuclia Waste did an interview with Paula Poundstone that appeared in the paper Out Front Colorado.
Karen Williams and Bryan Lee Emler are performing at The Majestic Theater in Detroit on Saturday, October 18th. for more information, visit http://www.goaffirmations.com. You can also read interviews with Karen and Brian.
Bryan Lee Emler, Roxanne Latimore and Mike Dodge are going to be appearing in a show titled Queer Factor in Cleveland, Ohio Friday, October 17th.
Julie Goldman is performing her solo show "One Finger Salute" at the Fez in New York City on October 17th, 2003.
In Boston, Queer Soup Productions presents a reading of a New, original comedy: "Invasion of Pleasure Valley!" by Brian Jewell, Kim Hoff, Jess Martin, Karen 'Mal' Malme and Renee Farster. It's two nights only and free: Monday, September 22nd and Tuesday, September 23rd, 7:30pm at the BCA Mainstage
Chicago-based GayCo sketch troupe is heading to Los Angeles. They are doing two performances there, Monday Sept. 29 at the ImprovOlympia and Wednesday Oct. 1 at Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson. Visit their website for full details.
The Gay Mafia announces an all sketch show, "Experimenting With The Gay Mafia." 2 shows only -- Sunday, September 28 at 9 p.m. and Saturday October 11 at 4 p.m. It's part of Lawrin and Joe's Sketchy Weekends at McCadden Place Theater, 1157 North McCadden Place, in Hollywood.
Added a link for NuClia Waste, the triple-nippled drag queen of comedy, who performs stand-up and is based in Denver.
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is presenting Tom-A-Palooza II, a fun(d)raiser for gay comedian and San Francisco mayoral candidate Tom Ammiano on Saturday, October 4th. Tom will appear, as will Will Durst, Bill Santiago, Connie Champagne as Judy Garland, Bridget Schwartz, Doug Holsclaw, Luenell, Karen Ripley, Yayne Abeba, Nick Leonard, and Lisa Geduldig. It's at the Herbst Theatre, and more information can be found at Kosher Comedy.
The 5th annual Russian River Comedy Competition is this Saturday, August 16th at 7 pm at the Russian River Resort.
Added links to the links page for Doug Holsclaw and sketch comedy troupe Uphill Both Ways.
Shann Carr is performing this week in San Francisco and Sacramento and is showing a pre-release screening of her documentary "Out For Laughs On the Ocean" in San Francisco. She follows three comedians, a female impersonating character actor, a piano player/singer and a hypnotist who all travel, work and frolic together on a series of gay cruises with Atlantis Events. The cast members are Shann Carr, Mark Davis, Russ King (aka Ms. Richfield 1981), Bruce McDonald, Steve Moore and Wayne Moore.
The B-Girlz are a drag comedy trio from Toronto now performing their second season in Provincetown at the Post Office Cabaret.
GLBTQ, an encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture has articles on lesbian comedy and gay male comedy.
There's an article about Gay Comedy by yours truly, Larry-bob at Shecky Magazine, an online magazine about comedy.
The documentary Laughing Matters, about lesbian comedians Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez, Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Karen Williams will be showing at OutFest, the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Film Festival July 13th and 16th.
Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City is doing a showcase on Monday, June 23rd with up and coming gay and gay friendly comics including Courtney Knowles, Gerard Mignone, John Tansey and Samantha Green. Come support New York's gay comedy scene for just a $3 cover and 2 drink minimum when you make reservations at www.gaypridecomedy.com. The show is on June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at Carolines on Broadway -- 1626 Broadway btwn 48th and 49th.
Bryan Lee Emler will be in a gay comedy competition called Laugh Out Proud in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, June 9.
PUNCH DRUnK, a sketch comedy troupe based in Dallas, Texas, has a nice new website.
Nick Leonard is now leading comedy walking tours of the Castro for Foot Tours -- visit their website for booking information.
The Orange County Comedy Festival will be held at Martini Blues in Huntington Beach, California, with 15 different theme shows including Gay and Lesbian Night on Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 8 PM. [this is a change from the earlier announced date due to a conflict with the newly announced Las Vegas Comedy Festival.]
The Gay Mafia announces their new sketch/improv comedy show, "Suddenly This Summer," running six Saturdays starting June 28 at Masquers Cabaret in West Hollywood.
Just For Laughs, the Montreal comedy fest, announced their lineups this week. Here's the lineup for the Queer Comics show: Open your closets - the fashion police are coming! Jim David of US Magazine's Fashion Police force returns to Just For Laughs to host this summer's Queer Comics, where the planet's funniest gay and lesbian comics look at pride and prejudice in the new millennium. Joining David is Jason Kordelos, who wrote the Off-Broadway hit I Think I Ken, Michele Balan, the brash New York comedian who has recently appeared across the US, and New Zealand's dynamic, yodeling duo, the Topp Twins, along with many others. Queer Comics, July 13, 7:00 & 9:30 pm, At Club Soda.
Friday June 13th at 9 pm there will be an "Absolut Pride" comedy show for Michigan Pride weekend featuring Sabrina Matthews and special guest David MacLean of Toronto, kicking off the 15th Anniversary Michigan Pride weekend. The event is at Club Esquire,1250 Turner Street in Lansing, Michigan.
Comedian Vicki Wagner has an article in the Advocate about how she was kicked out of the Air Force in 1990, and what she did with that experience.

We Mean It Productions has announced their 9th Annual Pride Comedy Night in Santa Rosa, with Vickie Shaw, Scott Silverman, and Emcee Amy Boyd.

Andy Horwitz is finishing up a run of his solo show Potty Mouth in New York.
Second City in Chicago is going to be offering a weekend Gay/Lesbian/Trans intensive in improv. It's taught by members of GayCo and Second City instructors. There will also be a forum discussion "The Queer Voice: Ensemble Point of View" on Saturday May 31st from 2 - 3:30PM at the Second City e.t.c. Theatre 1608 N. Wells Street 2nd floor. Tickets $5. More information on the intensive can be found on Second City's outreach page.
Oot and Aboot is a queer comedy group based in Toronto. The performers include Ted Morris, Richard Ryder, Stephen Sharpe, and Doug Taylor.

Streaming video is available of performances from the Project Angel Food benefits at the Improv in Los Angeles hosted by Scott Kennedy.

Article by yours truly Larry-bob about the state of comedy in San Francisco.
Marga Gomez will be a Celebrity Grand Marshall of the San Francisco Pride Parade this June. Here's the press release.
Chicago-based sketch comedy troup Schadenfreude has a new radio show. Also check out their past road diaries, including a stint at the Edinburgh Festival.
Maggie Cassella and Lea Delaria will be doing a show "so over the rainbow" at Buddies In Bad Times in Toronto June 5, 6, 7 with music, sketch and stand-up.
The Triangle Foundation is having its Seventh Annual Michigan Lesbian and Gay ComedyFest on April 12th. Performing are Diane Amos, Michelle Balan, Miss Richfield, Mark Davis, and Shann Carr.
Gay Santa Barbara is having an April Fool's Day event, Laugh OUT Loud! Featuring comedians Vicki Wagner and Joe Delaplaine. It's at Center Stage Theater on the Art Bridge in Paseo Nuevo (751 Paseo Nuevo Santa Barbara, CA 93101.) For more information, visit http://www.OUTinSB.org
Mary C. Matthews' website marycmatthews.com is back up and running.
Lisa Geduldig has announced the lineup for the 5th annual Funny Girlz. It's Saturday May 17th at the Herbst, and the performers are Shazia Mirza (The UK's --and possibly the world's--only female Muslim stand up comic), Diane Amos ("The Pine Sol Lady"), Maria Elena Fernandez (LA performance artist-- "Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist"), Amy Boyd (Olivia Cruise regular & East Bay cop), Esther Weintraub (87 year old Jewish comedian), and your hostess, Lisa Geduldig. For more information, visit KosherComedy.com.
Added a link for Justin Cascio, a NYC-based transsexual comedian whose observational material revolves largely around gender and infomercials.
Should it be called "Trading Spaces" or "Look, We Made Another Room Look Like a Gay Asian Restaurant?"

Gay comic Courtney Knowles tackles this and other hefty issues and talks about growing up the son of a Baptist minister, working at Disney, being a frat boy and working as a relationship columnist, in his new solo stand-up show "Amy Grant's Tomb."

Courtney is offering a one-night only free preview of the show on Tuesday, March 18th at 6:00 p.m. at Don't Tell Mama (343 W. 46th St, New York City, 212 757-0788). There is no cover and a 2 drink minimum for the show. Reservations strongly suggested.

Knowles has been featured at The Gay Pride Show at Carolines and Fruit Salad at the Comedy Garden at Madison Square Garden and was seen dishing out humorous relationship advice on Ricki Lake. Last year he had a successful run of his variety show "Courtney Loves Comedy." Gay City News called him "soooo cute....funny," Time Out NY said "Knowles is making a name for himself," and Next Magazine called him "hilarious."

His website is at www.courtneyknowles.com

Hank Donat of MisterSF.com recently put up a collection of photos from the late Donald Montwill's Josie's memory album on his Josie's Cabaret page.
The Brian+Mal Show has some upcoming gigs in the Boston area:

January 31st: Writers with Drinks
Tickle your funny bone and your brain at this performance event/literary salon. Also featuring the incomparable Toni Amato, and Suan Roney O'Brien, Helen Freemont, Linda Bamber, and Jeffrey Carver. 7 pm showtime at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave in Cambridge. Tickets just $5.

February 2nd: Candyland at The Milky Way
A showcase of some of the performers you'll be seeing at this new weekly, queer cultural event. Expect drag, music, spoken word, comedy, and cheerleaders! We'll be appearing with our Queer Soup partners in crime, performing a snippet of Buffy's High School Reunion. 8 pm at The Milky Way, 403 Centre St in Jamaica Plain. 21+. For more info, email aliza@truthserum.org

February 6: Gay Comedy Night at The Comedy Studio
"The comedy club of your dreams" is home to some great queer comics, including Greg Rodgrigues, Alana Devich, and Jim Lauletta. 8 pm show 1236 Mass Ave, Harvard Square, Cambridge. For more details, visit www.thecomedystudio.com

Ellen DeGeneres is coming back to the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on March 8 & 9.

Monica Palacios is the host of Riquisimo, an All Latina Review happening at San Francisco's LGBT Center on Saturday February 22nd.

Los Angeles based improv/sketch group The Gay Mafia has a new website and is debuting a new improv/sketch comedy show January 24, 2003 entitled "Family Business."
For information, email larrybob@gmail.com