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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The State of Gays in Comedy

Today over at Blackbook, Tyler Coates has an excellent look at the state of gay comedians. He talked to folks such as James Adomian, Gabe Liedman, Eliot Glazer, Brent Sullivan, and Dave Holmes about being out in the comedy world and the challenges they face.

“I think Hollywood script writers have just recently discovered the phenomenon of the masculine gay man,” says Adomian, who was a finalist on Last Comic Standing in 2010. “There are a lot of people who are beginning to feel comfortable being themselves and not fitting into the straight narrative, but they may not follow the standard gay pattern of going to the White Party, dancing with their fabulous asses, and having a witty repartee about Judy Garland. I mean, I love Judy Garland, but I also like Johnny Cash. There are a lot of people that don’t really fit into boxes that have been established for them.”

The whole thing is really great and well worth reading.

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  • Jessica Stephens@twitter

    I always love it when comics use comedy to subvert stereotypes. So often it's used to reinforce them. Major respect to these guys and to other openly gay comics like Solomon Georgio and Janine Brito who always make sure the joke's on homophobes.

  • sirormadame

    Where my ladies at?