Tonight, the power of Richmond’s LGBT community will be laser focused on making you laugh.
‘Laughing Gay-ly,’ an all-lgbt comedy event, hopes to get your sides splitting with jokes you’ll have a better chance to relate to.
Tony Chatman, headliner and one of the organizers for the event, spoke with GayRVA about his hopes for the show. He said its a rare chance to see such a concentrated space of LGBT comedy in Richmond.
“Its imperative that we create a show like this… there were out comedians before, but not many were open about it.” Said Chatman. He thinks ‘Laughing Gay-ly’ is Richmond’s first all-gay comedy show, though he admits its hard to track.
Chatman said the show will be a great chance to show off how funny LGBT Richmonders can be, and he was glad to put a show together that could bring all these queer voices together.
“We weren’t really united, like other groups of comedians are. And I feel like there is a large LGBT population in Richmond, and this is a good way to unite us… its a way to get the community out, and give us a chance to meet each other.”
Chatman, Ray Bullock and others started to put the show together in July of this year. He admitted it was hard to pull together at first, but once the request for LGBT comedians went out, it wasn’t hard to find interested parties. He hopes this will be a catalyst for more LGBT comedy events. “We really think its starting to pick up more and more – over the last few months, the number of open mics opening up around the city. So many new faces come out and trying it for the first time.”
Check out ‘Laughing Gay-ly’ at 9:55 (inside Bottoms Up Pizza) tonight at 7:30 PM. The show is FREE so come out and show some support.
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