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Humor in the Hardbacks
I love Giovanni's Room. And not just because I'm a nerd and other nerds hang out there. GR was the first real-live gay space I ever stood as a real, live gay person (convent notwithstanding, I'm talking out of the closet) and it made me very happy. I don't even know if I even picked up a book or said another word to another person there. I probably just gawked. But I knew I was home.

Anyway, Giovanni's Room is having to rebuild their entire 12th street wall so the whole building doesn't fall into the street. As you can imagine, that's expensive and also not really optional. So I'm producing a benefit comedy night. Everything goes to GR. And it will be funny and fun and there are some really hysterical folks performing.

Performances by:
Philadelphia's own Liberty City Kings
Neil McGarry: Like a chocolate milk hangover
Cheryl Burke: Astraea award winning poet and enthusiastic eater of cheese
Kelli Dunham: Everyone's favorite ex-nun nerd stand up comic

Cassendre Xavier on screening your shrink
CA Conrad on American Gluttony (from “The Seven Deadly Sins”)

For more details on the awesome performers TMore about
The Liberty City Kings:
Liberty City Kings, aka LiCK, is Philly's only drag king and burlesque queen performance troupe, exploring and exploding the performance expectations of drag and burlesque. LiCK’s drag king hotties will make you squirm, laugh and sing along with their lowbrow humor, while their burlesque beauties captivate audiences with their fun, sexy and down right raunchy shake and shimmy numbers, proving that drag and burlesque needn’t be high class to be fun.

Neil McGarry (neilmcgarry.com/)began his comedy career in 2007 when he decided to give up his $50K a year job with benefits and do stand-up for nothing. Once he learned that telling jokes to drunken audiences in the wee hours of the morning was way more fun than laying out marketing brochures he never looked back. Neil has performed throughout the Philadelphia area, is the host and producer of the 1-4-5 Show, and was part of Fags and Hags with Joanne Filan and Katie Kohler. (You can decide if he was a fag or a hag.)"

Cheryl Burke (cherylb.com) began her performance career winning poetry slams at the famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe while still a college student. She has since become an internationally acclaimed poet, appearing at most major New York City literary evenings and touring throughout the U.S, Canada and the U.K.Cheryl was also the creator and producer of PVC: The Poetry vs. Comedy Variety Show, a fast-paced live slam/competition between stand-up comedians and performance poets that ran for over two years in New York City. She also created and curated the popular multi-genre Brooklyn reading series, Atomic, in addition to organizing various other literary events throughout the years.

Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone's favorite supa-nerd genderqueer ex nun stand-up comic. She has appeared nationwide at colleges, clubs, the occasional livestock auction and on Showtime and the Discovery Channel. Kelli got her start at Philadelphia's Au Courant, where she penned (err, word-processed) the award winning humor column “Trippin' Out”

Cassendre Xavier is a self identified "renaissance negresse" who's mostly been singing and writing in Philadelphia since 1991. Her humor writing, stand up comedy, and funny songs have been featured at Tin Angel, the former Joe Coffee, the Philadelphia Gay News, and anthologies including Dykes with Baggage: A Lighter Side of Lesbians in Therapy and When Falls the Coliseum: A Journal of American Culture Or Lack Thereof.A 2-time former Giovanni's Room employee and an award-winning community cultural arts leader, Cassendre is the founder & executive director of Philadelphia's 7th Annual Black Women's Arts Festival. Visit her at www.cassEndrExavier.com.

CAConrad is the recipient of THE GIL OTT BOOK AWARD for The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a forthcoming collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Books, 2010). CAConrad is the son of white trash asphyxiation whose childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He invites you to visit him online at http://CAConrad.blogspot.comand also with his friends at http://PhillySound.blogspot.com .

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buz1 From: buz1 Date: October 19th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darn. Just comitted to present in Balto. that night.
This is a great cause...and we'll miss seeing you. Darn!
I hope it's a huge success. Giovanni's has a lot of memories.

diekonigin From: diekonigin Date: October 20th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting this. A weekend I'm off! It IS the Philly Leather Weekend, so Saturday, if you're still in town, there's a Kinky Karnival @ the Bike Stop from 10pm-2am.

I think I saw you tonight, around 7:30, walking across Walnut at 12th. I waved like mad from the car, but you were talking and limping so I'm not sure you'd have recognized me. Or ut wasn't you and I was making an ass of myself!
diekonigin From: diekonigin Date: November 3rd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
FYI -- your event is nowhere to be found on Giovanni's website or on phillygaycalendar.com! http://phillygaycalendar.com/pages/calendarlist.php?start=2009-11-8
kellidunham From: kellidunham Date: November 3rd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for the reminder about Philly Gay Calendar, I will add that right now.

And it is on GR website although it aint so pretty..


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