You adopt the world’s worst cat and it almost ruins your life, your relationship and your apartment. You come out to your grandmother who’s in her nineties and are surprised by the response. You’ve dated the world’s biggest cheapskate.
Welcome to Eddie Sarfaty’s world. He shares these memoirs in his new book “Mental” and takes some of these stories to his stage performance tomorrow night at the Firehouse Theater. Sarfaty says both the book and his standup are infused with his sensibility.
“It’s kinda smart, kinda Jewish, kinda gay, and kinda dark. There’s a lot of twists to it,” he said. “I think one of the things about my standup is that it’s not an entire evening of gay content.”
He feels it’s also important as a gay comedian to represent the community. He performs at a lot of gay standup events because he says gay people have not traditionally had a good experience at comedy clubs.
“In the past, it’s typically been okay for comedians to gay bash,” Safaraty explains. “Who would want to pay their hard-earned money to be insulted?”
He says comedy connects to people in a non-threatening way. He believes it is a way to share intimacy and humanity.
Sarfaty says humor has a unique ability to transcend audiences. He believes even though people may look at one another differently, everyone’s really the same.
“Funny is funny,” he says. “It’s all silly and I think that humor is a really wonderful way to bond and for people who are very different to come together over something.”
Sarfaty performs “Mental: An Evening of Homo-Neurotic Comedy” tomorrow night, Wednesday November 18 at 8 p.m. at the Firehouse Theater on 1609 West Broad Street. The show benefits ROSMY. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 804-644-4800. For more information on Eddie Sarfaty, visit his website.