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A funny time to be gay

Author: Ed Karvoski
Publisher: New York : Fireside, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In A Funny Time to Be Gay, Ed Karvoski Jr. traces the evolution of gay and lesbian comedy from Robin Tyler in the seventies and mavericks who played San Francisco's famed Valencia Rose in the eighties to the latest comics in development for their own sitcoms. With short introductions that reveal the performers' approaches to both their sexual and professional identities, over thirty hilarious monologues capture the
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Genre/Form: Humor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ed Karvoski
ISBN: 0684818965 9780684818962
OCLC Number: 35001922
Notes: Collection of monologues with brief introductory remarks.
Description: 254 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Blazing trails in the seventies : Robin Tyler --
San Francisco-based comics blossom at the Valencia Rose in the eighties : Tom Ammiano ; Suzy Berger ; Monica Palacios ; Karen Ripley ; Romanovsky & Phillips ; Danny Williams --
Meanwhile, in the eighties on the East Coast--
: Kate Clinton ; Jaffe Cohen ; Lynn Lavner ; Danny McWilliams --
Late bloomers : established comics come out in the nineties : Judy Carter ; Michael Dane ; Steve Moore ; Barry Steiger ; Jason Stuart --
Gay and lesbian comics on TV--puh-leeze stand by! : Bob Smith ; Suzanne Westenhoefer --
The "Out Generation" of comics in the nineties : Matina Bevis ; Joan Jett Blakk ; Mark Davis ; Monica Grant ; Robin Greenspan ; E.L. Greggory ; Paul Jacek ; Sabrina Matthews ; Lynda Montgomery ; Marilyn Pittman ; Andy Schell ; Scott Silverman ; Jeanne Wiley --
Epilogue: Meryl Cohen, aka Ms. Behavior.
Responsibility: [compiled by] Ed Karvoski, Jr.
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In A Funny Time to Be Gay, Ed Karvoski Jr. traces the evolution of gay and lesbian comedy from Robin Tyler in the seventies and mavericks who played San Francisco's famed Valencia Rose in the eighties to the latest comics in development for their own sitcoms. With short introductions that reveal the performers' approaches to both their sexual and professional identities, over thirty hilarious monologues capture the diversity of the gay and lesbian comic community,

Includes Lynda Montgomery on being white trailer trash ("I was raised in a paneled hallway); Barry Steiger on Prozac ("I think antidepressants should come in a Pez dispenser"); Bob Smith on being a gay kid ("[My parents] once gave me a chemistry set - I used it to make my own line of skin care products"); and Suzanne Westenhoefer on the distinctions in lesbian culture (" ... the butch is the one that holds the remote control, and the femme is the one that sits beside her.

Going, 'change it ... change it ... change it ... '"). From cabaret performers, late-night regulars, and rising stars, these pieces carry a message of joyful celebration: "We're here, we're queer - get used to laughing along with us!"

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