The storm did indeed pass, and the music continued. The evening was being emceed by
, who I interviewed a few months ago, and we arrived in time to see Hunter Valentine. I had the pleasure of interviewing Hunter’s lead
last year. The show was powerful and they rocked the festival – especially when Kiyomi crowd surfed. After Hunter Valentine closed their set, a popular local cover band Your Villain My Hero closed out the festival with song after song that kept the crowd dancing.
Photos: Comedy Night with Lea DeLaria
I had the pleasure of attending the Back Lot Bash kickoff Comedy Night on Thursday in Chicago. The headliner was none other than the amazing butch mega talent, Lea DeLaria. Christina Wiesmore and Amie Klujian, the organizers of Back Lot Bash were kind enough to work with Lea to get me an interview! I am working on putting that together for you all. In the meantime, here are the photos that I took from the event. Oh, and here is my review.
It was fantastic. The venue had a fantastic selection of craft beer and some tater tots that were kind of ridiculous. Christina and Amie did an amazing job selecting the place, talent, and ran things beautifully. They also made me and my wife feel really special and welcome. Thank you!
Sapna Kumar, the emcee, was very funny. Her jokes about her Indian mother made us laugh out loud. Sapna kept the evening running smoothly. Caitlin Bergh from the series Hashtag was really enjoyable, and as a veteran of Los Angeles, I enjoyed her riffs on life in LA and the horror that is Craig’s List dating.
The set that Lea DeLaria did was outstanding. I do not remember ever laughing that hard. Perhaps it is the sheer joy of listening to someone who has so much in common with me. Perhaps it is just her gift and everyone feels that way when she performs. But, I felt like she had created her set just for me. It didn’t hurt, of course, that she heckled me twice from the stage by name. The first time was when she ordered a Heineken and an anejo tequila from the stage “though Tristan will not approve.” And the second, was when she shouted, “I could kick you in the face, Tristan.”
Obviously, we need more Lea DeLaria. And, more butch comics. Please.
It’s butch to support lesbian comics. Be Butch!