Two gay guys walk into a bar… ” That might sound like the start of a great night, but say you were attending a local comedy show (you know, one of those super-hetero clubs with a name like “Locos”). If that were the case, you may instead be wincing to hear that, wondering whether your butt was about to be the butt of the next joke.
Even if the average headliner is a kinder, gentler, more culturally evolved jokester, it still doesn’t address the biggest elephant bear in the room: Sometimes, regardless of how clever a comedian is, it is still incredibly boring — I mean, not relatable — to be subjected to a night of jokes about straight sex troubles and “traditional” family hahas.
Fortunately, we’re in South Florida, and that means you’ll find some relief. We’ve packed a punch into the local comedy scene and made a big burlesque comeback. Let’s face it, if we’re going to take a fun poke at our bears, nancy boys and butches, well, nobody does it better than our very own.
In Miami, Just the Funny is your go-to gay-friendly improv comedy troupe. There are several LGBT cast members, and many of their friends show up every weekend to fill the packed room. During any JTF sketch, queer characters can emerge and/or mix it up with the cast. Take JTF’s recurring character, Amanda — a bisexual contestant on a dating-game show. You can get in on the act, too: Sign up for JTF’s improv classes and bring your own him-and-him, her-and-her or him-to-her humor to life. justthefunny.com
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If you’re more of a voyeur, don’t miss the bawdiest burlesque show coming to Key West. It’s The Skivvies, playing at the Red Barn Theatre, February 12–15. While the historic theater is famous for showcasing critically acclaimed literary LGBT masterworks, there will be none of that here.
Instead, loosen up for a salacious show presented by what The New York Times describes as “a hot musical comedy duo specializing in unexpected arrangements, incongruous mashups, and…highly toned displays of skin.” Everyone from Out magazine to The Wall Street Journal seems highly aroused by The Skivvies’ saucy satires and songs. redbarntheatre.com
While we don’t always behave like a church choir, you can count on our community to charitably give like one. Wilton Manors’ Pride Pups puts on their own brand of improv comedy, and proceeds from their performances benefit SunServe, a local center that provides an array of critical social services. Catch the Pups’ next show on March 15 at the Infinite Abyss theater in Wilton Manors, and expect anything to happen. Producer Justin Ballard reports that even an actual marriage proposal once took place on stage. And that’s no joke! infinite-abyss.org
Warm Up Act
Every comedian needs a strong warm-up, which is why every winter the biggest names in queer comedy, from Kate Clinton to Mario Cantone, head down to sunny South Florida. First up for 2016: favorite stich-and-bitch comedian, Kathy Griffin will be performing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in March. browardcenter.org