THE MEETING* Holiday Spectacular with John Epperson, Karen Wyman & More Set for 54 Below, 12/18
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as "rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable" by The Wall Street Journal, "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post, and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice - has moved to 54 BELOW for a six month run after four sell-out seasons in New York's West Village. The next show will be on Wednesday, December 18 at 9:30 PM. Justin Sayre and The Meeting*, known for a signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between, were named one of the Top 10 nightclub shows of 2011 by Time Out New York, received the 2012 Bistro Award for "Comedy Artistry" and a 2011 MAC Award nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance.
Each month, the I.O.S gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Justin Sayre - the show's creator, writer and host - serves as the Chairman of the Board of the International Order of Sodomites and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as "Letters to the Chairman" and "New Rulings from the Board." The December edition will be the show's 5th annual Holiday Spectacular with special guests John Epperson, Karen Wyman and Rob Maitner. The show will feature special choreography by Jason Wise; Tracy Stark serves as Music Director.
A special highlight reel of the show's first four years is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQYyFN7TxQ.
The all-star concert Night of a Thousand Judys - a special presentation of The Meeting* to benefit Ali Forney Center - sold out its third annual event in June 2013. The Judy Garland tribute starred Martha Wash, Carolee Carmello, Justin VivIan Bond, Madeleine Peyroux and more. The first two years featured the talents of Tonya Pinkins, Michael Musto, Jackie Hoffman, Karen Akers, Howard McGillin, Ashley Brown, Daniel Reichard, Paul Iacono, Daisy Eagan among many others.
Justin Sayre was described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as "Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg." In a recent story for Edge New York, Steve Weinstein said "Comedian, raconteur, performing artist, gay rights activist and sexual outlaw: I'm not sure Justin Sayre is classifiable. The veteran performer is on his way to becoming a Downtown Manhattan institution along the lines of Charles Ludlum or Charles Busch." Justin is a child of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania who demonstrated a supernatural instinct for "camp" at an early age. With a voice straight out the MGM finishing school for girls, he moved to New York believing it was still 1947. He was terribly misinformed. As an actor, he has worked and studied with some of the finest professionals in the city. As a gay, Justin has excelled at scarf placement, devilish quips, and a healthy but firm love of the American musical. An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well... Writing - called one of the "Top 10 Events on the New York Stage" by the New York Daily News - sold out two shows at Ars Nova in 2012. His new play The Click of The Lock, featuring Randy Harrison, Christian Coulson, Blake Daniel and more, recently had its second reading at the Bank Street Theatre. Justin will make his Joe's Pub solo concert debut on Sunday, December 8.