Gay Pride Comedy Night at Ashkenaz! (Friday, June 16)


Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy fame) brings together a hysteria multicultural gaggle of East Bay-based queer comedians for "Gay Pride Comedy Night at Ashkenaz!"

Karen Ripley a queer comic and improv master and has been featured on LOGO TV. She is a veteran of LGBT comedy and began her comedy career in 1977 (40 years ago!) in the heyday of the LGBT comedy movement in San Francisco. She has performed at hundreds of Pride events as well as The Fringe and Diva Festivals. Ripley recently premiered her one-woman show, "Oh No, Theres' Men on The Land" to rave reviews at The Marsh Berkeley. She is currently working on her next show, "Gunver the Resistance."

Mimi Gonzalez has been rocking the mic at Prides and protests to cruises and festivals since before being gay was spelled with three letters. She welcomes everyone in the acronym of GLBT etc through her fierce politics of inclusion. Her life-long agitation and activism is expressed in print through queer and diversity and inclusion magazines and as a stand up comic on nationally televised shows. She has been called one of the funniest comics in NYC by Backstage Magazine, and Provincetown Magazine says shes Funny, sexy, sharp, positive... Mimi Gonzalez is a comic, life-affirming force.

Sampson McCormick is an experience, a down to earth comedic force of nature, and one of the most celebrated LGBT comics working. He's been named 'One of the Funniest LGBT comics' by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Advocate, and OUT Magazine and appeared on MTV, VH1, BET and is currently featured in the upcoming Netflix documentary "A Tough Act To Follow" and in this season of VICELAND's popular show "PayDay. His comedy offers riveting and refreshing takes on politics, race, religion and sexuality you know, all those things you aren't suppose to talk about in polite company.

Nate Blanchard started his comedy career in San Francisco at the tender age of 19. After appearing at the Punchline, Harvey's, and two SF Pride events, the siren sounds of cheap rent, smoky bars, and an emerging international comedy scene drew him to Berlin in 2010, where he further evolved his own brand of blunt, brazen comedy. Animating his wayward life, glamorous misadventures, and queer sensibilities, hes like a virgin... touched for the 53rd time. He starred in the viral YouTube video, Sh*t Expat Berliners Say, has toured throughout Europe, and produced his own show, The Neukölln Confessional, for the German television channel, ALEX. He currently lives in Oakland and is probably chatting with your man on Grindr.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comic and comedy producer whos the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ (celebrating its 25th Anniversary this December!); Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians; The Color of Funny: A Multi-Cultural Comedy Show; and A Muslim, A Mormon, and A Jew Walk into A Bar: The Comedy of Religion. She moonlights as a bilingual (Spanish-English) publicist.

Tickets are on-sale on a sliding scale basis: $15 to $20.


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