Drag superstar JACKIE BEAT has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over ten years with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies. Jackie not only warps hits by Britney Spears, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Cher and many others, but she flawlessly sings her twisted new versions LIVE -- hitting every last note.... ReadÂ FullÂ Bio
Filmed before a sold out audience in Orange County, California. Check out the outrageous comedy of Poppy Champlin and Jen Kober, Thai Rivera and Jason Stuart....
Catch the hilarious performances by Dana Goldberg, Ali Mafi, Marga Gomez and Shawn Ryan. Filmed at the historic Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to a sold out audience. .
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One Night Stand Up was shot in Washington DC and features four of the funniest gay & lesbian comics on the circuit! Get ready for nonstop laughter while watching the hilarious performances of Second City Alumni and seen on Comedy Central, HBO, Showt
Check out some of America's funniest gay comediennes in this special featuring a mix of stand up from Mimi Gonzalez, Julie Goldman, and Jason Dudey....
Check out some of America's funniest gay comediennes in this special featuring a mix of stand up and behind the scenes interviews with Amy Boyd, Jennie McNulty, Carlese and Sandra Valls in Laughing Matters: One Night Stand Up.
Drag superstar JACKIE BEAT has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over ten years with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies. Jackie not only warps hits by Britney Spears, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Cher and many others, but she flawlessly sings her twisted new versions LIVE -- hitting every last note.
Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru aka Clinton Leupp grew up in the Bronx on City Island and got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NYC. On screen, Miss Coco is best known for her roles in Jim Fall's Fineline feature film, Trick (Sundance 1999) and Richard Day's IFC feature length comedy Girls Will Be Girls. Other film appearances include To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Nick and Jane, and Straight-Jacket. Coco can be heard in the Disney animated feature, The Wild as Mamma Hippo! Coco has appeared on TV in Arrested Development, Twins, Will and Grace, New York Undercover, Showtime's Rude Awakening, Bravo's Boy Meets Boy, Bravo's Sexiest Moments in Film, Bravo's Welcome to the Parker. Coco also has her very own half- hour LOGO comedy special taped as part of the "Wisecrack" series. The episode airs regularly and is available on itunes! More recently, Coco appeared in follow-up Girls Will Be Girls short films, recreating her role from that now cult film on the small, small screen also known as the internet.
Varla Jean Merman's alter ego Jeffery Roberson shared the Outfest Film Festival "Best Actor" Award and the Aspen HBO Film Festival "Best Actress" Award with his costars Jack Plotnick and Clinton Leupp for his featured performance in Girls Will Be Girls (Sundance 2003) directed by Richard Day. He also played the role of Mary Sunshine in the revival of Chicago on Broadway. His shows Varla Jean Merman Loves A Foreign Tongue, Anatomically Incorrect, I'm Not Paying For This, Girl With A Pearl Necklace; An Act Of Love, Under A Big Top, Holiday Ham!, All Washed Up! and The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman have filled concert halls and cabarets across the world including the Syndey Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Theater, London's Soho Theatre, LA's Renberg Theatre, and San Francisco's Victoria Theatre. Jeffery also made his network television debut on ABC's All My Children in the recurring role of lady of the evening Rosemary Chicken. Other film and TV credits include HBO's Dragtime, E!'s Fashion Emergency, E! Goes to Cannes, MTV's True Life: Mardi Gras, and Francesca Page with Rossy DePalma. Jeffery has opened for Jennifer Holliday and has also shared the stage with Betty Buckley, fulfilling his utmost gay fantasy, singing excerpts from the notorious Broadway flop Carrie as part of Ms. Buckley's cabaret act at the Bottom Line.
Ongina is most recognized for bringing artistic appeal and a whole lot of face to a show-stealing appearance on Rupaul's Drag Race. Currently, Ongina is delighting audiences across the United States bringing a strong, bold, beautiful, and entertaining character that honors and respects the artistry of drag, wig or no wig!
Raised by a wild pack of Jews, otherwise known as her mother and siblings, Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage. From Last Comic Standing at the Tempe Improv to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, Dana is spreading her quick wit and playful stage presence across the world. CURVE Magazine raves, "She's smart, cute, and seriously funny." Girl4Girl in Seattle calls Dana our "triple threat."
Ali Mafi, Stand Up Comic and student from San Francisco. The worlds only funny gay, fat, Muslim. (The other gay fat Muslims are soooooo unfunny). He enjoy reading...pornographic magazines, watching television...that includes naked people, and long walks on the beach...that end in butt sex. He is a super liberal (can ya tell?) who hates Bush...because he's from San Francisco and its the LAW. He enjoy good friends...LOVE JANICE...but not in a hetero disgusting way.
Marga Gomez, who as been described as a "Latina Lily Tomlin" and as a "Lesbian Larry the Cable Guy," is the winner of the GLAAD Award for Off-Broadway Theater and a Drama Desk Award nominee. She is the writer /performer of five critically acclaimed solo plays and two others that weren't too bad. Gomez is also one of America's first openly gay comedians with appearances on LOGO network, Comedy Central and PBS. For her third engagement with Miami Light, Gomez will serve up "Long Island Iced Latina" a new solo comedy that sold out Joe's Pub as part of Teatro Stagefest in 2007.
Shawn Ryan, is an Actor/Singer/Writer/Producer and is also the founding director of the Young Actors' Theatre Camp alongside his partner, John Ainsworth. Shawn recently won the Manhattan Association of Cabaret's 2009 MAC Award for Best Comedic Performer. His recent television credits include "Women's Murder Club" and "Life". Shawn was also a Semi-FInalist on the NBC Hit "America's Got Talent" and has Toured to Over 35 Cities Interntational with his Hit Album "Blue Skies" and his One Man Cabaret Show! www.shawnryanlive.com for More Info!
Julie is an accomplished stand-up comedienne, having toured with "Laughing Liberally," "Puppetry of The Penis," and starred in four solo shows. Julie has been seen on Fuse, Bravo, AMC, Plum TV, and HBO. In season one of "The Big Gay Sketch Show," Julie did everything from saving the lasses of the Olivia Cruise, playing both husband and wife, going on an emotional rollercoaster during a lesbian speed date, and even starring as former First Lady Barbara Bush in "Political Project Runway." Her "Celesbian Interviews" for LOGOonline/AfterEllen honed her off-the-cuff interview talents and created an internet sensation. Most recently, she spent six months at sea hard at work on a subject close to her heart, a self-produced documentary about the plight of gay whales.
Jason Dudey is "The Gay Next Door" that we all know and love. Dudey, as he is affectionately called is that all american guy that just happens to be gay. Every cuddlesack has one. He will make you laugh at life. Whether his mom just bought him something whacky from the home shopping show or he just had another horrible online dating experience, it's all funny to Dudey. His views on family, dating, traveling and everything American will have you in stitches.He can be seen traveling the country with his Gay Up Stand Up tour, Queer on Their Feet improv troupe and at comedy clubs around the country. Check out more at http://www.jasondudey.com
Provincetown Magazine calls her "Funny, sexy, sharp, positive...a great ambassador of sexual tolerance. Mimi Gonzalez is a comic, life-affirming force." These "One Night Stand Up" installments mark the second set of LOGO appearances for Mimi Gonzalez after All Out Films first featured her on LOGO with the "LA Women's Fest." You can catch her color commentary on LogoOnline for the New Now Next Awards. A festival favorite among Prides and national gay venues, Mimi Gonzalez owns the comedy road - even when it leads to Baghdad, Afghanistan and, Bosnia to entertain our troops. Freelance journalism and random acts of publishing keep Mimi busy when she isn't scheming new ways to slip flyers into people's hands in Provincetown. "Side-splitting...a strong, high-spirited comic. Great observational material...feminist material both funny and accessible to every one in her audience. One of the ten stand-out stand ups in New York City." --Backstage Magazine NY
Vidur was selected as a NY finalist by NBC's "Stand Up for Diversity" and performed in Caroline's New York Comedy Festival as part of the "Stand Up for Diversity" showcase. He was also highlighted on FOX news as, "A comedian you want to remember". He was chosen as one of the top four Asian comics in North America to perform at the world famous "Just for Laughs" Comedy Festival in Montreal in July '06. Vidur and his stand up comedy are the subject of a short film which was shown on Steven Spielberg's "On The Lot" on FOX. He was featured in Logo's "Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack" and was nominated for a "NewNowNext" Award by Logo. Vidur was featured in a Reuters Television piece around the world on " Prominent South Asians in the Media". Vdur has toured internationally including Canada, India, the UK, Ireland, South Africa and the Carribbean. He was recently selected as one of three international acts to be featured in the first ever Mumbai Comedy Festival '09. Vidur has become one of the top 3 booked acts on US college campuses for '08-'09 and is a favorite amongst South Asian audiences globally. He is the headliner of a DVD called "The Indian Invasion"
Trevor is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee, has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Cape Town International Comedy Festival in South Africa, the Vancouver Comedy Festival, as well as Galas at the CBC Winnipeg and Halifax Comedy Festivals.
Trevor was recently the first stand-up comedian in over 4 years to make the Cover of NOW Magazine (May 25th 2006), and then was profiled on the Cover of the Entertainment section of the Toronto Star just a few weeks later. Trevor has also been profiled on many of Canada's premiere entertainment news programs including: E-Talk, MTV's e2, The National, Star Daily, Inside Jam, and the Gill Deacon Show. Trevor was also named in NOW magazine's Top 10 Comedy Performances of 2006.
A Second City Alumnus, Elvira has had many years of comedic success in the U.S. and Canada, most recently hosting, writing and producing 78 episodes of the Comedy Network's hit late night talk show, Popcultured with Elvira Kurt, a satirical take on the inane and excessive world of pop culture. Elvira has also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and her comedy specials have aired on Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CTV, CBC and The Comedy Network.
A native of Toronto, Kurt was voted Funniest Female Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards, is a three time winner of "Best Standup Comic" by Toronto's 'Now' magazine, and received a Gemini-nomination for her one-hour comedy special, Big Girl Now. That special also nabbed Gold and Silver Awards at the Worldfest International Film Festival. Kurt also wrote and starred in The Comedy Network series, Elvira Kurt: Adventures in Comedy and her versatility and natural ability as a host and MC have made her the 'go to' choice for the network's many televised events such as its 5th Anniversary Special featuring Jon Stewart, the Cream of Comedy and the March of Dames, to name a few. She's also guest starred on Degrassi: The Next Generation, performed in the Vagina Monologues and has been featured in several comedy films, most recently the award winning Laughing Matters...More! Yet, despite the accolades and mainstream success, Elvira always enjoys doing live shows, especially at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for, as her mother calls them, "da gays."
One of North America's hottest college acts, Elvira Kurt has been nominated as both U.S. College Comedian and Entertainer of the Year. In her spare time, Kurt performs at clubs all over North America including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, Caroline's, Comic Strip Live, Catch a Rising Star and Stand Up New York. She's also played The House of Blues in LA and appears regularly in Las Vegas.
No slouch when it comes to writing for others, Kurt contributed to the CBS pilot and HBO special for Ellen DeGeneres and has written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and various awards shows.
As part of her ongoing modest quest for worldwide comedy domination Elvira is now a dual citizen of both Canada and the U.S. Of course, to her Eastern European immigrant parents all this means is that she can now officially be a disappointment to them in two countries.
Jackie Monahan is taking the NYC comedy scene by storm. Quickly becoming a local favorite at Gotham and Caroline's on Broadway, Jackie took her show on the road headlining at Clubs and Colleges all over the country. When she is not on the road with the LOL tour, she is busy around Manhattan doing spots on Maxim's Sirius radio and VH1 shows. With this trained actress and Uprights Citizen Brigade improviser it seems that Miss Monahan is unstoppable. You may have seen JM on your television as well. She is one of the featured performers on One Night Stand Up part 2 special for LOGO.
Jackie was recently awarded the prestigious "Joke of the Year" winner by Time Out NY. She was nominated amongst the hilarious Louis C.K. and Todd Barry so she is honored for the accolade. It seems mainstream and alternative audiences cannot get enough. Her humor is fresh, disarming and original. She will shock you and make you think. There is nothing out of bounds when it comes to Jackie's hilarious stand-up. She's been known to make her audiences tinkle, so strap on some depends and jump at the opportunity to see this Comedienne on the rise.
Early on, Amy Boyd stumbled in to her passion for the quirky side of life, and that is how a career in comedy chose her. She has been called "bendable" and "elastic" and her high-energy physicality marks her unique style of entertaining. Taking on everything from cats to vacuum cleaners, this performer reflects on delightful and hilarious everyday observations. She has headlined from coast to coast at clubs, colleges and theaters and is a regular performer for Olivia Cruises & Resorts. Amy's physicality on stage puts her into a perfomance catagory of her own. She has been described as "a squirrel on crack" and " the lesbian Jim Carrey". Audiences agree Amy Boyd is a good time in comfortable shoes.
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Jennie McNulty has been a professional touring stand up comic for many years. She spends her summers performing in gloriously gay Provincetown, MA and her comedy has taken her all over the world, headlining at comedy clubs; colleges; various festivals and events; onboard Olivia Cruises and for US Military Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jennie started comedy in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan and soon moved out to Los Angeles where she studied acting and was one of the founding members of the Improv troupe, The Unusual Suspects. She can now be seen with the nationally touring Stand up/Improv troupe Queer on Their Feet.
She was featured in the independent film Tweeked."Jennie was seen on A & E's, Love Chronicles and she was a physical trainer on the NBC show Starting Over. She also plays tackle football in the Independent Women's Football League for the California Quake.
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Fasten your seatbelts! Sandra Valls is a brash, high energy, latina, lesbian comic and then some. She sure packs a punch with her frank, in-your-face comedy performing all over the country in comedy clubs including The Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, The Improv and at London's Comedy Camp.
Sandra ignites the stage with a powerful and electric performance in the hit comedy special, The Latin Divas of Comedy (Showtime). She is a featured comic in I Love Shanghai Surprise, an anniversary DVD release of the movie Shanghai Surprise starring Madonna and Sean Penn. Her other television credits include Outlaugh Festival, One Night Stand Up (LOGO), Comic's Unleashed with Byron Allen (ABC), Habla !(HBO), First Amendment Comedy (Starz), ComicView (BET), Que Locos (Galavision), Loco Comedy Jam (Mun2), Latino Laugh Festival, Funny is Funny, Inside Joke (SITV). More recently, Sandra hosted the 2007 GLAAD Media Awards in Miami and she shared the stage with Eva Longoria at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
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When Carlease Burke rented John Travolta The Cadillac of Mini Vans in the 1995 feature film Get Shorty, she wondered if it would be her unusual name that would land her the high octane jobs in Hollywood. It was right there in the credits -- Rental Car Shuttle Driver, Carlease Burke. Coincidence? Director Barry Sonnenfeld says, "No".
Carlease took a detour for a few months on the Sitmar Cruise Line performing in a musical theatre revue for international audiences.
After traveling the long and winding road to Los Angeles, this luxury vehicle rolled into many school parking lots while entertaining children with the South Coast Repertory Company, Tim Busfield's Fantasy Theatre and the Rock Salt Company, part of the Mark Taper Forum.
She then drove on over to CBS Studios to recur on the soap opera, The Young and The Restless.
Most recently, Carlease has maintained stability on both the large and small screens. National commercials such as Pfizer (mytimetoquit), Macy's, Verizon, Pizza Hut, AARP and The Ad Council have aired on cable and internet as well. Her ever expanding list of guest star credits include Bones, Days of Our Lives, The Riches, Desperate Housewives, Malcolm in the Middle, Without a Trace, Monk, What About Brian and How I Met Your Mother .
Ms. Burke didn't know it at the time, but working on Get Shorty prepared her for 2 high beams in her film acting career: In Her Shoes opposite Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette directed by Curtis Hanson; and The Terminal with Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg. Working with these two heavy hitters was amazing. They are truly the most powerful in their class.
Occasionally, Carlease will spin her wheels in live theatre as she did in 2005, playing The Nurse in Boston Court's Romeo & Juliet. She was a recipient of an NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her exhilarating, confident performance.
At one point in her journey, Carlease pulled over to earn a degree in sign language interpreting. She has had the opportunity to merge her talents onstage voicing for Deaf actress Michelle Banks and signing in a short film Mute directed by Melissa Joan Hart. Carlease's knowledge of American Sign Language paved the way to a job in the Hallmark movie of the week, SWEET NOTHING IN MY EAR starring Marlee Matlin and Jeff Daniels. It is a touching story about cochlear implants and Ms. Burke plays Jennifer Kramer, the principal of a Deaf school.
During the 2007 pilot season, Ms. Burke took her first test drive for a series regular on a J.J. Abrams project, Anatomy of Hope.
So...what's in a name? Fortune or Fame? Let's ask Carlease's audiences from comedy clubs and Pride festivals across the country. Or at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. Or on an Olivia cruise. They would all agree..."Carlease can take us from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. In that short amount of time, we feel like we've known her forever. She delivers a refined ride."
Ms. Burke revs her engine. "You know, when I tell people I was adopted, they tend to feel sorry for me. But as I look in the review mirror, I say, With a name like Carlease, I'm lucky I wasn't repossessed.
Car - lease` (n.) -- talent built to last; option to buy
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