OUT on Stage: The Queer Stand Up Comedy Series
Hosted by Zach Noe Towers Premieres - Jan 17, 2018
“‘OUT on Stage’ has been a real passion project for me,” comedian and host, Zach Noe Towers said. “What an incredible experience it’s been to bring together such a gorgeously funny group of queer comedians. Each and every person featured in the content has such a unique perspective and I’m thrilled that we’re being given a platform for those hilarious voices to be heard.”
“I don’t think comedy is an easy field for anyone, but it can sometimes be especially difficult for those of us with unique, diverse voices. We’re a much smaller percentage of the population, stage time can be harder to come by, and often times audiences aren’t as willing to give us a chance. Even our peers can present a challenge. Open mics are often peppered with the voices of less progressive people, some of which find humor in homo/transphobic material. I would even be willing to bet that every queer comic out there has had to sit and listen to someone turn their life into a punchline. And this is why projects like “OUT on Stage” are so important. It not only provides a platform for new queer voices on the rise, but it brings us together. It creates a space for diverse voices to flourish and it’s so important to have this kind of representation available.”
Zach Noe Towers is an LA-based comedian, actor, and writer who was recently named one of Time Out Magazine’s “2018 Comedians to Watch.” Zach was recently the host of the “The Elite Daily Show” on Verizon’s Go90 network for Seasons 1-4, and will be hosting and starring in the feature presentation of Out On Stage, premiering July 24th. Zach’s recent short film “Killer Friends” (which he directed, wrote, and starred in) was screened at many film festivals both domestically and internationally, and won the overall audience award at Dances With Films.
AB Cassidy is a stand up comedian, speaker, actor, and writer hailing from the South Shore of Massachusetts. As a comic, they’ve opened for major headliners like Carlos Mencia, Tig Notaro and Bill Burr. They recently won both the juror and audience award at the San Gabriel Valley Pride Comedy festival. They tour around the country performing at LGBT events, you can catch them next headlining Asheville Pride on Sept. 28th. You can also catch AB on season 2 of NBC’s critically acclaimed, “This Is Us”. They also appear in the latest Kesha music video, “Hymn”. And AB has modeled for some notable causes like the FDA’s anti tobacco campaign, “This Free Life.” You can watch their first TEDx talk on YouTube where they talk of embracing failure in stand up. And make sure to tune into AB’s LGBT podcast, “Butch and the Bear” co hosted by Daniel Franzese.
Note: AB identifies as gender fluid and uses they/them/their pronouns.
Anthony Desamito is an 8 year stand-up comedian and taco enthusiast from Arizona. Anthony has appeared on FOX’s Laughs and The Doug Stanhope Podcast. He is the Winner of the 1st Annual AZ’s Funniest Person with a Day Job and a Finalist in the Scriptapalooza TV Sitcom Writing Competition. Anthony’s has been featured on The Advocate, he co-hosts a podcast which recaps episodes of the Golden Girls called, “Thank You for Being a Podcast,” and co-hosts Ya Feel? a monthly comedy show at the Hollywood Improv Lab. A psychic told him he would die in a giant slingshot accident.
Brendan Scannell is an actor, comic, and writer from Valparaiso, Indiana. Brendan stars as Heather Duke in Heathers (a tv reboot based on the cult classic film) and as the lead in Bonding on Blackpills produced by Anonymous Content. His comedic stylings have been featured on Funny or Die, College Humor, Super Deluxe, and the Freeform and Comedy Central apps. Brendan performs all over the country and hosts two monthly shows in LA, The Cure at UCB Franklin and See What Sticks at The Lyric Hyperion. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Casey Ley is a comedian and podcaster based in Los Angeles. He was voted best comic in San Francisco by the readers of SF Weekly and was runner-up in The Advocate Magazine’s Search for the Next Great Queer Comic. His podcast – The Gay Power Half Hour – is a fast-paced round up of society’s big events and an ongoing exploration of gay friendship between him and his best drag queen, Tony Soto. This bio makes him sound pretty queer but his comedy is also, like, widely accessible for the masses.
Christopher Bryant is a Los Angeles based comedian who is best known for his “belfies” (butt selfies) on Instagram @tenderchris. He’s been recently featured on PRIDE’s Gay Comedians You Should Know list and is a celebrity judge on Netflix’s Cooking On High.
Daniel Webb is an LA-based comic whose stand-up has been described as an energetic, electric, adrenalized train, and “a splendid rush of charisma.” Known for a fast-paced wide-ranging set, Daniel famously garnered international attention cracking gay jokes with President Barack Obama, was invited to Comedy Central’s prestigious festival Clusterfest as a comedian on their “Up Next” showcase, was a finalist on the NBC Stand Up Showcase, and was a finalist in the Funniest Person in Austin competition in 2016. Daniel has appeared at festivals and shows across the country, including The Oddball Comedy Festival (2016), Moontower Comedy Fest (2014-2017), Hot Tub! (LOS ANGELES), Hell Yes Fest (NEW ORLEANS), and many more. He has opened for Emo Philips, Jermaine Fowler, Bruce Bruce, Martha Kelly, The Sklar Brothers, Sarah Colonna, Ron Funches, Rachel Feinstein,Dana Gould, and Chris Kattan.
Gloria Bigelow “Your angle is very fresh. It’s the black woman that we need to see, as well. It’s the upwardly mobile black woman.“ Russell Peters on Gloria Bigelow on Last Comic Standing. In ten short years, Gloria Bigelow, or Glo as she is called, has filmed five comedy specials for television. Recently, she was selected by Wanda Sykes to be a part of Wanda’s first episode of, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious on Oprah’s OWN network. She’s had the pleasure of working for Showtime as well in a comedy special called Fierce Funny Women- and fierce Gloria Bigelow certainly is. Subtle, disarming and witty- Bigelow is a comic who doses out humor in bite sized chunks, easy for the listener to swallow but relentless nonetheless. With issues of sexuality, race, and gender at the forefront of her work, her humorous stories have made her a one to watch on the national comedy scene. She is every bit as subversive and political as she is funny. An out black woman, she’s got a bone to pick with everybody and she does so by wittingly tackling issues from the misogyny in music to the ridiculousness of racism all done with a smile. Coming to comedy from a background of acting and writing, she is a natural improviser and a keen observer of life- her facial expressions are a punch-line in and of themselves. Gloria’s humorous opinions on life have been chronicled in a blog ‘The Persuasive Pundit’ and she has recently been published in a Seal Press Anthology called “Here Comes the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.” She is currently working on a memoir that humorously recounts her outlandish and hysterical misadventures in the city. From colleges to cruise ships and to comedy clubs, Glo’s honest brand of humor keeps her audiences laughing, thinking, and wanting more.
Irene Tu is a Chicago-born, San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. In 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle singled her out as an “artist on the brink of fame,” on the heels of being named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” (SFist) and one of 20 “Women to Watch” (KQED). She has performed at numerous festivals including SF Sketchfest, Clusterfest, RIOT LA, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Outside Lands. Irene has opened for comedians such as Anthony Jeselnik, W. Kamau Bell, Gary Gulman, Judah Friedlander, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla. You can see her on season 2 of “Take My Wife” and on VICELAND’s “Funny How?”
Janine Brito is a stand-up comic/ writer/ performer currently working on Netflix’s One Day at a Time. She was also an on-air correspondent on the FX series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Chris Rock.
Joe Dosch is an up-and-coming LA based comedian. A native South Dakotan, he has been featured on Comedy Central’s ROAST BATTLE 2, and written for other Comedy Central presentations including the Roasts of Rob Lowe and Justin Bieber. A Paid Regular at The Comedy Store, Joe headlines across the country, including on RSVP Gay Cruises.
Jonathan Rowell is an L.A. based stand up comedian and writer who has been featured on some of the best comedy shows in Los Angeles as well as festivals throughout the country including Limestone Comedy Festival, S.F. Sketch Fest, and RIOT L.A. He is a runner up at The World Famous Comedy Store’s Roast Battle Tournament. Rowell has also contributed as a writer for Billy on the Street on truTV and Roast Battle on Comedy Central. He currently co-hosts a podcast, Two Dumb Gays, and his web series talk show Living with Jonathan & Katy will debut later this year.
Jordan Pease is a television host, writer, producer, and stand-up comedian whose passion is creating compelling stories, from stage to page. From a predominantly Italian suburb in Central New Jersey, Jordan finds humor in everything from family mishaps, experimental drug use, to growing up gay in a small religious town. Currently, Jordan hosts “I Can Make That,” which airs on @Tastemade YouTubeTV. In addition, Jordan is a season regular on AwestruckTV’s A-hole Parents alongside Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen and Jo Koy. Jordan has also hosted and starred in VH1/Hulu’s hit comedy series Walk of Shame Shuttle. Jordan produces two original series at Tastemade, “One of Everything” and “Chef Walk & Talk,” as well as branded content for the food and home verticals (Tastemade has over 30M followers). As a writer, Jordan is a top trending blog writer for The Huffington Post’s “Gay Voices” column, and has worked as a freelance joke writer for NBC/Universal. Jordan started out in the comedy world, as one of the youngest paid regulars at The World Famous Laugh Factory. He performs at comedy clubs and festivals worldwide, from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Boise, Idaho. He was named The Funniest New Comic in Los Angeles (2013) and the Jack Rollins International Breakthrough Comic (2014). Jordan conveys stories using honest dialogue surrounding taboo topics. He evokes emotion, pushes the envelope creatively, and shoots to put a smile on a stranger’s face each day. His biggest inspiration is his father, whom he lost to alcoholism at the age of nineteen, but whose sarcasm and biting wit shaped Jordan’s no-holds-barred comedic outlook.
Julian Michael is an incredibly likeable guy who says horrible things about everybody. A self-described “token minority,” Julian was on his way to becoming a Baptist minister before he discovered how hilarious and gay he is. For the last 10 years, he’s brought unfiltered laughter to audiences of all backgrounds, even though he fits in with none of them. Julian signed with Uproar Records in 2017 and recorded his debut live comedy album, Insert Token, to a standing ovation at the Comedy Underground in Seattle. It can be heard on two channels on Sirius XM (Kevin Hart’s LOL Radio and Raw Dog Comedy) and is available everywhere music is sold. Optioned writer, stereotype buster, recovering a cappella singer, Julian lures audiences in with his laidback style, then takes them on an unexpected journey.
Kyle Shire was raised in Chicago, IL and is now based out of LA, where he pursues a career in stand up, writing, and hosting. At 6’5”, 250lbs, Kyle Shire is larger than life both physically and stylistically. His loud, irreverent, rant based, comedy is like if Paul Lynde and Lewis Black had an angry, hairy baby and made it watch anime for 28 years. Suffice it to say, he is not the gay friend you take home to meet your Mama. With his high energy nerd rage, he revels in playing with stereotypes and audience expectations. He created and hosted Cobra Juice at the Steve Allen Theater where he got to work with comedians like Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Dave Foley, and Kyle Kinane. Kyle has hosted events for WB Games and Machinima at E3 2017 & 2018. He’s also an in-house producer/host for Machinima, contributing on shows such as Body Count Fight, Action Figure Comics, VR Power Hour, and Machinima’s Happy Hour channel.
Raneir Pollard is an NBC Diversity featured talent, UCB graduate and veteran of the StandUp for Diversity College Tour. His comedy style is energetic, animated and has been described as what’d happen if Chris Rock and RuPaul had a baby. He’s also the Guinness World Record Holder for most burpees in a minute wearing stilletos! #FitNFunny
Dekkoo (pronounced “DECK-koo”) is the premiere subscription-based streaming service dedicated to gay men, providing the largest streaming collection of gay-centric entertainment available, boasting a larger selection than Here TV, Netflix or Amazon. Dekkoo is available internationally via iTunes, Google Play, AppleTV and Roku. In the U.S. and U.K., Dekkoo is also available via the Amazon Dekkoo Channel. Dekkoo original series include “Feral,” “Love is Blind” and “I’m Fine.” www.dekkoo.com
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