Art & Activism That is Actually Funny

Zak Barnett Studios hosted an invite-only event last week celebrating the first-ever book of its kind LGBTQ Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny, out now from Hal Leonard Books Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. I MC’d as top-notch LGBTQ actors & their allies read monologues from the book.

The piece that I wrote, Sugar Coat It, was performed brilliantly by three-time Tony award nominee Kevin Chamberlin — which made me swoon. Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Rent on Broadway), the Comedian Comedian Ant, Danielle Macdonald (The East, Every Little Thing, Daryl Stephens (Noah’s Arc), Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye for a Straight Guy, Rent), Kiff Scholl (Reno 911, Criminal Minds), Emmy- and Grammy-winner Alisha Gaddis (also the editor of the book), and moi also performed.

Post performances, Zak Barnett (who I am honored to call an old friend) moderated a lovely, raw, and timely-all-over-again discussion about the import & intersection of art & activism. #loveislove

Pics courtesy of Lucianna Faraone Coccia and Wire Image.


Three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin


Monologue writers Leah Mann, Alisha Gaddis, Ilana Turner, Jamison Scala


Ilana Turner and Zak Barnett, Owner ZBS Studios