Did we say “at”? We meant “with,” obviously.
What is it about the LGBT experience that lends itself so easily to comedy?
Well let’s start with the historic oppression which creates sharp outside perspectives, add in the years of self-doubt and humiliation that give ample oxygen for self-deprecating flames to burn bright, and sprinkle an evolutionary need for a thick skin on for good measure.
So maybe the ingredients of queerlarity aren’t so funny on their own, but these comics can sure spin them into solid gold.
If they’re not already there, it’s time to put these five queer funny people on the proverbial radar:
1. Zach Noe Towers
Zach is the co-host of The Elite Daily Show on Verizon’s new streaming platform, his short film Killer Friends is playing at Cannes’ Short Film Corner, and he’s excited to be opening for Bob the Drag Queen this summer.
2. Solomon Georgio
Solomon Georgio has appeared on Conan, Flophouse on Vice, and the IFC web series Ball or Nothing.
3. Samaria Johnson
Sam is playing Bonnaroo this year, and has previously opened for Hannibal Burress. She’s one of Comedy Central’s “comedians to watch.”
4. Casey Ley
Casey Ley has showcased at Bridgetown and SXSW.
5. Rye Silverman
Rye is the first transgender performer to be featured at the All Jane comedy festival, and the first trans model for clothing company Modcloth. Her album Intimate Apparel is a best-seller on Amazon.