So I've just gotta send some love to a few folks, starting with everyone involved in a show called Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up. For me, this is not only one of the most exciting events of June, but also one of the most exciting of the year. Why? Because it's stand-up comedy, so I'll get to laugh (and I love to laugh), and I'll also get to attend as a queer black woman survivor of violence without having to worry that some part of my existence is going to be the butt of a joke.
Here's my usual experience at stand-up comedy shows: First, I decide I need some comedy in my life. Because, I don't know, the cat videos aren't cutting it at home, and live, in-person comedy has the potential to be so much fun. Then, I do whatever I have to do to ignore the fact that live comedy also has the potential to hurt me. Really, I don't try to deal with it or address it; I just shove that dreadful feeling down so fast, I forget if it's gnawing emotional discomfort or an undigested doughnut that's brewing in the pit of my stomach.
Then, I get to the comedy show, have some laughs, think, “Hey! This is fun!” until the belly brewing gurgles because someone's made a joke with a message I can't ignore. That message is now all up in my body, reminding me that I'm on the outside, an “other,” because somebody's punchline just boiled down to “women are silly!” or “black folks are dumb!” or “aren't people strange when they venture outside of their assigned gender roles?”
And the night, which was supposed to be fun, ends with my sadness. And I don't want to admit it, because then I'm just one of those overly sensitive rape survivors who was also the butt of a joke. And I feel I have nobody to blame but myself. After all, what more can you expect from stand-up comedy?
But wait! Now we can expect more! Because Peacock Rebellion has brought us Brouhaha: QTPOC Activist-Comics Rise Up. Activist comedian Micia Mosely has trained a crew of hilarious new queer and trans comedians of color to fight back. And June 5 is their debut!
The show is curated by Peacock Rebellion's Manish Vaidya and Jezebel Delilah X, and the featured comics are Cassandra Falby, Jaq Victor, Jasmine Le Blanc, Laurene Francois, Lisa Evans, Mahfam Malek, Sabaa Westbrooks, Sis Nau~T, and The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins.
Here are the details:
Thursday, June 5, 2014
7pm & 9:30pm, African American Art + Culture Complex in San Francisco
Tickets are available from Brown Paper Tickets, with a limited number sold at the door
$12-$20, no one turned away for lack of funds
Bring on the laughs of liberation!
And check out Peacock Rebellion's Semi-Pride Survival Guide for more upcoming QTPOC events!
*Note - Brouhaha is:
* wheelchair-accessible, including bathrooms and blue spots in adjacent parking lot
* has lower-risk-of-fragrance-exposure seating available
*has childcare and ASL interpretation available if you email by TODAY: firstname.lastname@example.org
*has active listeners present for anyone needing emotional support – I know it, because I'll be one!