Sydney’s newest and most unique evening of comedy kicks off this week. Kweens Of Comedy is a platform not only for traditional stand-up comedians but also for drag performers, clowns, mimes and storytellers to showcase their work.
“The night is focussed on celebrating queerness in not just the individuals that perform but also the type of acts they have,” explained comedian and show producer, Cleo.
Cleo sought to create a space for unconventional and LGBT+ performers to debut work that may not fit the mould of a typical comedy gig and provide “a space [for performers] to actually focus on the performance element and not having to deal with potential homophobia or transphobia, or all these other elements that might weigh them down before they’ve even taken to the stage.”
“It’s also comedy that you can enjoy on your own terms,” said Cleo. “If you want to go see a drag show…the majority of stuff is going to be in a club or a bar and it’s centred around drinking culture. There’s a lot of people in the community…that don’t necessarily align with that culture, and if that’s often the only place that you can access the best of the queer artists, it’s kind of a shame.”
This will be the second regular queer comedy night produced by The Kweens collective. Dungeons And Drag Kweens has developed a cult following since launching in May 2018, a monthly improvised storytelling show (and podcast) based on the popular role-playing game Dungeons And Dragons. The playful, inclusive energy and face-aching laughter conjured up at these shows is sure to be infused into the fabric of The Kweens’ new venture.
The debut event features performances from Sienna E. Austin, Kento David, Jack Gow, Hey Puss Puss, June Richards, Zoë Sitas and Kathryn Maet Thomas.
Kweens of Comedy will run every third Thursday, with the second show already lined up for May 9th. (AM)
April 18. Ginger’s at The Oxford Hotel, 1/134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $10-$15. Tickets & Info: www.humantix.com.au
By Alannah Maher