Lisa Lampanelli at the Majestic Friday

Posted on 31 Mar 2017 at 7:30am

  Kathy Griffin isn’t the only comic ally who talks about “her gays.” Lisa Lampanelli, the insult comic supreme who has been called (affectionately) the Queen of Mean, has been a favorite of the queer crowd for more than a decade. You might not expect that, since she tosses around terms like “cornholers” and “butt […]

Transforming minds one truth at a time

Posted on 17 Feb 2017 at 6:15am

Trans comedian Ian Harvie on his vast penis collection and comedy as a tool for change   For Ian Harvie, it’s not about earning the title of “first trans person in the world with a one-hour standup special,” though that’s a tag the FTM comedian can now claim. For him, he’s hopeful more trans comedians […]

Notaro, public

Posted on 23 Nov 2016 at 5:00pm

Queermedian Tig Notaro has turned her personal tragedies into stunning comedy…  although she’d prefer not to live at ‘rock bottom’ Tig Notaro — comedian, star of Amazon Prime’s One Mississippi and new mom — has no complaints about the ride she’s found herself on as of late. While professional success is nothing new for Notaro, […]

The devil is in the drag-tails

Posted on 28 Oct 2016 at 6:30am

Comedic ‘Drag Race’ champ Bianca Del Rio returns to Dallas with her Not Today Satan Tour SCOTT HUFFMAN | Contributing Writer For many — especially in the gay community — Halloween is a much-anticipated free pass to take a walk on the wild side, a safe harbor for experimenting with voluminous wigs, smoky-eye guyliner, […]

Putting the ‘butch’ in Butcher

Posted on 16 Sep 2016 at 7:30am

Lesbian comedian Rhea Butcher is having a moment It’s an exciting time to be Rhea Butcher. She co-starring with real-life wife (and fellow standup) Cameron Esposito in the very meta Take My Wife, a just-released webseries on the online pay service Seeso, where she plays the wife of … Cameron Esposito. And she just dropped […]

A Shade off

Posted on 26 Aug 2016 at 6:30am

Throwing Shade podcasters Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi queer up the Internet… and now also Dallas ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor It’s the morning after their first live show of a new tour, and Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson are jazzed. It was a sell-out — the first on a weeks-long, cross-country road show. […]

Anthem for toilets

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 6:15am

Former ‘Letterman’ writer Steve Young celebrates the weird, campy underground art of industrial musicals Lavish, costly, performed only once, industrial musicals were like Broadway shows written for boardrooms. Often starring top talent and written by folks (like the gay composing team Kander and Ebb) who’d later have Broadway hits, they sang of toilets and tractors, […]

Oscar winner Mo’Nique shows her funny side in standup act

Posted on 22 Jul 2016 at 7:20am

Those who only know Mo’Nique from her Oscar-winning performance in Lee Daniels’ Precious or her sad turn in Patrik-Ian Polk’s Blackbird have overlooked her talents as a gifted comedienne. In addition to her eponymous sitcom and a syndicated radio show, she was also one of the headliners of the concert movie The Queens of Comedy. […]

Women aren’t funny (and other lies)

Posted on 08 Jul 2016 at 6:15am

Funnylady Poppy Champlin brings Queer Queens of Qomedy Tour to Texas ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Being a standup comedian is difficult business. Being a gay standup is even harder. But being a gay female standup? You’re talking Herculean effort there. I mention this to Poppy Champlin, who has been making her living […]

Putting the ‘poo’ in poetry

Posted on 20 May 2016 at 6:15am

There’s a lot more ‘adult’ about Scarborough Ren Fest than bawdy cosplay and flagons of beer   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor If you’ve never been to Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie — or any cosplay time-warp to Medieval times when lutes outnumbered iPods and people carrying broadswords did not scare you into thinking […]