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 jones@dallasvoice.com 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 jones@dallasvoice.com 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 […]

The rover Jordan

Posted on 13 Nov 2015 at 6:30am

Itinerant Emmy Award-winning comedic actor (and honorary Texan) Leslie Jordan brings his skills back to Dallas for a one-night-only benefit performance ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com I’m coming!” Leslie Jordan shouted. But it’s not what you think. Jordan — the Emmy Award-winning actor (Will & Grace), film star (The Help, Sordid Lives), playwright, […]

Off the D-List

Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 6:30am

Comedy boss-lady Kathy Griffin: On gay flaggers, Jenner pronouns and who she’d go trans for ARNOLD WAYNE JONES   Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Any time you talk with Kathy Griffin, you know she’s going to be “on.” Her wit on the telephone is as quick and well-honed as in her standup routines. But during our most […]

Cho ’nuff

Posted on 08 May 2015 at 6:30am

Queermedian Margaret Cho tackles serious issues with her patented humor SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer scott_in_dallas@yahoo.com Margaret Cho may not have the ability to transform base metals into gold, but she certainly seems to be an alchemist of comedy. In her new standup tour, There’s No I in Team, but There is a Cho in […]

The bowled and the beautiful

Posted on 10 Apr 2015 at 6:30am

Drag queen-cum-ex-con-Tupperware lady Dixie Longate: Bringing comedy freshness to North Texas burp by burp SCOTT HUFFMAN  | Contributing Writer I think the most popular [misconception] about Tupperware is that it’s something that went away,” says Dixie Longate, the fiery-spirited alter ego of drag comedian Kris Andersson. Dixie is talking about the iconic kitchenware brand perhaps […]