Justin Sayre Celebrates New Comedy CD THE GAY AGENDA at UnCabaret in L.A.
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre - the monthly gathering of the International Order of Sodomites, the centuries-old organization which sets the mythic Gay Agenda - will celebrate Sayre's debut comed album "The Gay Agenda" with a special night at UNCABARET at Au Lac (710 West First Street, LA 90012) on Sunday, December 4 at 8:00 PM.
The event will feature Beth Lapides (UnCabaret founder) and special guests Alec Mapa ("Baby Daddy" on Showtime), Erin Foley ("Big Gay Sketch Show" on Logo TV) and Julie Goldman ("Comedy Central Presents"), with musical director Mitch Kaplan (Sandra Bernhard, Ana Gasteyer) and Denise Fraser ("Conan," "The Tonight Show") on drums.
The Meeting* is the acclaimed comedy/variety show known for its audacious humor, trailblazing political discourse and button-pushing cultural exploration. The New York run of The Meeting*, currently is currently in its eighth and final season at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, has been sold out since the New York Times "Arts & Leisure" piece ran last year. The show has been called "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post and "hilarious and sardonic" by The Village Voice. A story for Slate.com called the evening "so deliciously icy that it left me shivering with fear and delight." The show was named among the Top nightclub shows of 2013 by Time Out New York, and 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." To keep up to date with videos from recent shows, subscribe to the I.O.S. YouTube channel.
Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre, the official podcast of the International Order of Sodomites, was recently named among "10 Comedy Podcasts You Should Listen To" by Backstage. The show, featuring interviews with Randy Harrison, Alaska 5000, Nellie McKay, Justin VivIan Bond, Michael Musto, Frank DeCaro and R&B legend Sarah Dash, is available on iTunes here.
Night of a Thousand Judys - the special all-star concert presentation of The Meeting* to benefit the Ali Forney Center - returned for its sixth annual installment in June 2016. The first five sold-out annual concerts featured the talents as R&B legends Martha Wash and Sarah Dash; jazz vocalists Madeleine Peyroux, Jane Monheit and Jessica Molaskey & John Pizzarelli; singer/songwriters Nellie McKay and Erin McKeown;Broadway ladies Carolee Carmello, Jackie Hoffman, Tonya Pinkins and leading men Howard McGillin, Telly Leung, Rory O'Malley and Daniel Reichard; downtown stars Justin VivIan Bond, Bridget Everett and Lady Rizo; nightlife fixtures Karen Mason, Maude Maggart and Karen Akers; and New York personalities Michael Musto, Austin Scarlett and Frank DeCaro, among many others. For more information, please visit www.AliForneyCenter.org.
Justin Sayre, who has been described by Michael Musto in The Village Voice as "Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg," was recently hailed as one the "Funniest People in Brooklyn" by Brooklyn Magazine and among "LA's 16 Most Talented LGBT Comics" by Frontiers Magazine. He currently works as a staff writer on the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls" and has appeared opposite Lisa Kudrow on HBO's "The Comeback." His first young adult novel, Husky, was published by Penguin Books in 2015 and a sequel will hit stands in 2017. His works for the theatre include: The Boy Sonata, presented at Hot! Queer Theatre Festival and The Wild Project; Rite of Water for Queer Pop-Up Museum; Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well...Writing at Ars Nova, which was called one of the "Top 10 Events on the New York Stage" by the New York Daily News; and The Click of the Lock which was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Festival and was last presented at The Players Club with Zachary Booth and Justin VivIan Bond. As Edge New York 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."
The Meeting* monthly events have featured popular guest stars such as Lea DeLaria, Tonya Pinkins, Tituss Burgess, Robin Byrd, Marilyn Maye, Christian Campbell, Joe Iconis, Frank DeCaro, Lance Horne, Lady Rizo, Kenny Mellman, Maude Maggart, Jack Ferver, Murray Hill, Jeffery Self, Cole Escola, Bridget Everett and more. Previous shows have paid tribute to singers such as Dolly Parton and Diana Ross; films like "Valley of the Dolls" and "Beaches"; actresses such as Bea Arthur and Molly Ringwald; as well as playwrights and filmmakers like Tennessee Williams and John Waters. According to Time Out New York, "The Meeting* has become a cult hit among a young, festive and culturally aware crowd. Sayre is an avatar of modern-retro cultivation."
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UNCABARET has been a hotbed of personal storytelling for over 25 years. UnCabaret fostered the careers of iconoclastic comedy stars like Kathy Griffin, Bob Odenkirk, Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Greg Behrendt, Laura Kightlinger, Mike McDonald, Merrill Markoe, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Kindler, Jeff Garlin, Andy Dick, Rick Overton, Dana Gould, Patton Oswalt, Randy and Jason Sklar, and Taylor Negron. UnCabaret is where award-winning comedy writers like Judd Apatow, John Riggi, Michael Patrick King and Larry Charles have come to connect directly with audiences and where luminaries like Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Carrie Fisher and Bill Maher have popped in to try their hand at this comedy free styling. Their current home is the showroom in Au Lac, an elegant, intimate vegan venue in downtown Los Angeles. UnCabaret.com.
BETH LAPIDES is a comedian, writer, producer, host, actress, author, activist and consultant. You can hear her on her podcast, "Life And Beth" and see her at UnCabaret, the legendary live show that led the 'alternative comedy' revolution. She's often recognized from her captivating appearance as Performance Artist on "Sex and the City", a role for which she prepared by actually beginning her career as an NEA award winning, internationally touring, downtown NY, performance artist. Beth's Sunday nights at UnCabaret are an LA cultural institution. "Like the Blue Note in the 50's" according to Matt Groening. Quentin Tarentino once confided in her that UnCabaret ruined most stand-up for him. "I see now it's mostly tricks," he said. But UnCabaret is not just Sunday nights. Over the past 20 years Beth's passion for stories, laughing and innovation have helped fuel her drive to grow UnCabaret from a one-night stand in a small downtown art space to a multi-media platform. UnCabaret milestones have been a series for Amazon, a Comedy Central Special, a daily radio show on Comedy World Radio, where her passion for conversation drove the daily Beth Lapides Experience) a weekly series for audible.com, "The Sweet Smell of Excess" for The Recovery Network, a partnership with directors Dayton/Farris on a documentary, a run at HBO Workspace (where she developed with Warner Brothers), appearances at HBO Comedy Arts Festival and Lollapolooza, an award winning website and three critically acclaimed CDs.
ERIN FOLEY is an amazing comedic actress, comedian, and writer. Foley is a regular cast member on TruTV's "How To Be A Grown Up." She just finished writing for the NBC sitcom, "One Big Happy." As a seasoned comedian, she has her own "Comedy Central Presents," as well as having been on "Conan O'Brien," "@ Midnight," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," "Chelsea Lately," "Arsenio Hall" and "Last Call With Carson Daly." She has performed five times at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Sketch Fest, the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin and the Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington. Foley's successful comedic podcast "Sports Without Balls" was recently added to the All Things Comedy network, receiving critical acclaim. Additionally, Erin has starred in many national commercial campaigns, a guest star appearance in NBC's "Go On," the acclaimed Tribeca Film Fest short Cried Suicide, and even a supporting role in Almost Famous. Erin has branded a unique position for herself in the industry as not only a gifted stand-up but a talented actress. Her versatility makes her one of the most sought- after women working the comedy scene today.
Julie Goldman is an American comedian, actress, and musician who starred on "The Big Gay Sketch Show" on Logo TV. Her first stand-up performance was at The Comedy Connection in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 15. She founded an all-women's stand-up and variety show called "Offensive Women." Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard co-host "Julie & Brandy in Your Box Office," a webseries on lesbian website Autostraddle, in which they provide reviews and re-enactments of movies. Goldman and Howard wrote for Joan Rivers on "Fashion Police" on E! and appear on "The People's Couch" on Bravo TV. Goldman appeared as a contestant on the second season of "RuPaul's Drag U" and is a cast member of the weekly podcast "Gay Pimpin' with Jonny McGovern."
Alec Mapa was called "smart, hilarious and funny" by Ellen Degeneres. Variety has said, "Alec Mapa is a freak. No one should be this talented." With uproarious live performances and groundbreaking television roles, actor and comedian Alec Mapa has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium. Alec's latest comedy special "Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy" premiered on Showtime June 12, 2015. TV audiences currently enjoy Alec in his recurring roles on ABC Family's "Switched At Birth" and Lifetime's "Devious Maids." Audiences first discovered Alec on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of M. Butterfly. He guest starred on over 40 television series, including "Alias," "Friends," "Roseanne," "Seinfeld," and "NYPD Blue." Alec played network television's very first gay Asian series regular role on the CBS sitcom "Some Of My Best Friends." He then starred in four seasons of the UPN sitcom "Half & Half." Alec went on to appear in the ABC hit "Ugly Betty" and was a frequent guest star on "Desperate Housewives." Film audiences howled at Alec as "N'Cream" in the wildly popular drag queen musical Connie and Carla. Other films include Playing By Heart, Marley & Me, and You Don't Mess with the Zohan. An accomplished stand-up comedian, Alec's "Wisecrack" comedy special premiered on Logo in 2005 and has since become a cult favorite. His follow-up comedy specials "America's Gaysian Sweetheart" and "No Fats, Femmes or Asians" aired on the Here! And Logo networks respectively.