Stonewall Orlando hosting inaugural comedy showcase

By : Abigail Brashear
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ORLANDO | Stonewall Orlando is bringing the laughs to the party with the debut of its first stand-up comedy showcase Jan. 30.

Hosted by Heather Shaw, the free showcase starts at 9:30 p.m., with doors opening 30 minutes beforehand. The inaugural event will feature comedians Shaw Smith, Simon Nash, Christophe Jean, Chris Alexander, Krystal Tholen and Ariana Garcia-Chow.

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Comedian Margaret Cho on her new tour, bi-erasure and our LGBTQ family

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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“Everything about my life is intimately connected in gay history,” superstar comedian Margaret Cho says. “It’s my community; it’s where I live, where I grew up, who I am, all my friends, all my family.”

That’s been evident in Cho’s decades-long career, beginning with her stand-up in San Francisco near the gay bookstore her parents owned. It continues today with her accolades as a performer, in which her comedic takes on LGBTQ rights, sexuality, bullying and politics have led to five Grammy nominations, an Emmy nomination and being named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Stand-Up Comics in 2017.

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A leaner queen of mean returns to Orlando

By : Kirk Hartlage
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Lisa Lampanelli is the Salt & Vinegar potato chip of stand-up comics. That first bite is oh-so-acidic while the follow-up stings in an aggressive attack on the senses. It’s both salty and sour, and – somewhat shamefully – completely addictive.

Of course, comparing the comedian who recently lost over 100 pounds to a greasy, unhealthy snack food might seem a bit insensitive…but we’re pretty sure she’d approve. Famous for her sharp-tongued attacks from the dais on a multitude of celebrity roasts – among her victims: Chevy Chase, Pamela Anderson, Donald Trump and William Shatner – Lampanelli gets as good as she gives.

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From stand-up act to actor, wherever Russell Brand goes, controversy is sure to follow

By : Kirk Hartlage
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You most likely know Russell Brand from his starring roles in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek, the recent remake of Arthur, and the film adaptation of the 80’s-set musical Rock of Ages. You probably also know him from his televised appearances hosting the 2008 and 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as a 2011 episode of Saturday Night Live. (If you’re from Brand’s UK homeland, you no doubt know him from his work on several Big Brother spin-off shows.)

You may even know Brand from his stand-up comedy act, which is frequently influenced by his prior drug use, alcoholism, and promiscuity. Or perhaps he’s familiar because of his consistent public support of the LGBT community as a straight ally. And, presumably, you know Brand as the likely inspiration behind several of ex-wife Katy Perry’s latest chart-topping hits.

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Kathy Griffin’s stand-up is updated so much that fans rarely see the same show twice

By : Zach Caruso
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Kathy Griffin is looking forward to coming to Florida. Not only does her current tour bring her newest stand-up to Orlando’s Bob Carr Center on Friday, July 12, and Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, July 13, but she is preparing for a healthy dose of spiritual reflection.

“I’m so excited to come to Clearwater and join Scientology!” she says. “The first few times I played Ruth Eckerd Hall, I had people waiting for me in the parking lot, fearfully warning me saying ‘Ms. Griffin, do you realize you’ve just been making fun of Scientology in their hub?’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s why I do it!'”

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