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Homo Comicus, Suzanne Westenhoefer, NY Comedy Festival, She-Devil Comedy Festival and more

Homo Comicus is a monthly standup showcase that spotlights gay and gay-friendly comedy. On Oct 2, Michele Balan, Marga Gomez and their hilarious comic peers will be on hand to help you chase away those back-to-fall doldrums, while on Nov 6, you can be thankful for theater star and stand-up legend Judy Gold, who headlines. Both shows take place at the Gotham Comedy Club.

Before there was Girls, Sex and the City or The L Word, there was Living Single, a hit Fox sitcom about four Brooklyn ladies searching for love and success. Much of the show’s humor came from the antics of the slightly dim-witted Synclaire, played to comic perfection by Kim Coles. Since Living Single ended, Coles has appeared in many guest spots on TV shows, including Six Feet Under, Frasier and The Parkers, while also serving as a strong ally to the gay community. In Oh But Wait, There’s More, she lifts the veil on her career, giving us the inside scoop on her adventures in the Hollywood scene. The show will be at the Laurie Beechman Theatre Oct 4-13.

You probably know her best for recent appearances in the comedy film Laughing Matters and web series We Have to Stop Now, but Suzanne Westenhoefer has been blazing trails for out comics since the early 1990s, when she became the first lesbian funny gal to appear on television. Catch her on Sep 14 when she will be at New Jersey’s Westminster Arts Center on her new tour, appropriately titled Totally Inappropriate.

Prepare to laugh yourself silly at the 10th Annual New York Comedy Festival. This year features such top names as Whitney Cummings, Wanda Sykes, Bill Maher, Maria Bamford, Kathy Griffin and many others, who will be appearing at various venues throughout Manhattan, such as Carnegie Hall and The Beacon Theatre. The festival runs from Nov 6-10.

Stand-up comedy is often accused of being a boy’s club, so it’s nice that a showcase like the She-Devil Comedy Festival exists. Its aim is to encourage women from around the world to pursue comedy as a career. The event, which also will feature celebrity guests, runs Oct 23-27 at The Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City.

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