A Funny Time to Be Gay

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Ed Karvoski
Simon and Schuster, Jan 11, 2011 - Humor - 256 pages
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Meet the out crowd that’s really “in”—the gay and lesbian stand-up comics who’ve come out of the closet and stormed the mainstream with the hippest and wittiest comedy acts of the last three decades.

In A Funny Time to Be Gay, Ed Karvoski Jr. traces the evolution of gay and lesbian comedy from the few pioneers in New York's Greenwich Village in the seventies, to the mavericks who played San Francisco's famed Valencia Rose in the eighties, to the comics who starred in their own TV specials in the nineties and continue to headline comedy clubs. With short introductions that reveal the performers’ approaches to both their sexual and professional identities, over thirty hilarious monologues capture the diversity of the gay and lesbian comic community.
 

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Stand-up comedian and writer Karvoski points out that the proliferation of gay and lesbian comedy on cable--and occasionally broadcast--television and at comedy clubs is an important development in ... Read full review

Contents

comedy comes out of the closet
13
sen franclscobased comics
29
meanwhile In the eighties
73
jaffe cohen
81
lynn lavner
89
10
93
danny mcwilliams
97
established comics
103
gay and lasbian comics on
137
the out generation
151
meryl cohn aka ms behavior
233
comics listing
247
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Ed Karvoski Jr. has worked in various aspects of the entertainment and publishing industries for over 30 years. He's the author of five books, including the bestseller A Funny Time to Be Gay, Award-Winning Men, and The Movie Queen Quiz Book. Karvoski and his books have been featured in The New York Times, USA Weekend, Publishers Weekly, The Advocate, and Out. Additionally, The Village Voice called him "an insatiable vacuum cleaner in the showbiz closet!"

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