Quite simply, there has never been a book quite like LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny by Alisha Gaddis (September 2016, Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, $14.99), a collection of monologues assembled specifically for LGBTQ actors or anyone auditioning for LGBTQ roles.

The cutting-edge and incredibly hilarious monologues collected in LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny, for roles ranging in age from tweens to 60s, are works by LGBTQ writers and their allies, who have written and/or performed for Comedy Central, Backstage magazine, NBC, the Huffington Post, the Onion, Second City, E!, and many more. A middle-aged woman speaking with her therapist shortly after coming out to her mother, a gay man in his late 20s making conversation with an Uber driver on his first visit to New York, and a 12-year-old girl explaining the love of her two mothers to a friend on a soccer field are among the many situations explored in this revolutionary collection.

This book follows Gaddis's popular comedic monologue collections for men, women, teen boys, teen girls, and kids, but she sees this volume as having special significance.

"I don't see this monologue book changing the world, but I see it opening doors for many," she writes in her book's acknowledgements. "I hope somewhere in Indiana, a young middle school kid picks this book off the shelf and relates to everything. I hope a drag queen in the Lower East Side of Manhattan orders this book because she sees herself in one of the pieces. I hope a transgender college grad uses this book to audition for her first regional tour. I hope a straight ally delivers one of these monologues and represents her LBGTQ Brothers and Sisters."

Not merely a go-to source for the comedic monologue needs of actors - professional or amateur, young or old - seeking LGBTQ material, LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny is a paean to LGBTQ characters and artists everywhere.

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