Ian Aber: Anti-gay ‘slur play’ not funny in comedy

The old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” just doesn’t seem to ring true anymore. Nowadays, in an age where any idea, no matter how virulent, stupid or pointless, can be ...
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WATCH: Amy & Freddy bring laughs, songs to Mixx


Amy & Freddy, the dynamic Chicago-based comedy duo, return to Atlanta on Nov. 28 for a show at 8 p.m. at  Mixx Atlanta  to bring the holiday spirit into the hearts of gay fans perhaps still digesting that Thanksgiving turkey.

"We've got a pretty good following in Atlanta. We really love Atlanta because everyone is so nice," says Amy Armstrong, one-half of the duo. "It always feels like a vacation when we visit rather than a show."

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen performing together. During that time the two have performed across the US and in more than 20 countries with the comedy as well as musical talents — Amy sings and Freddy is a pianist.

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Local theaters offer diverse takes on the holidays

Santaland Diaries

Holiday time at local theaters traditionally brings familiar offerings as well as some newer fare, much of it appealing to LGBT patrons.

Of course, “The Santaland Diaries” will be back for its 14th outing at Horizon Theatre. The comedy has proven to be the grandest gay-themed offering of the entire season. Based on gay writer David Sedaris’ own experience, as told in his “Holidays On Ice,” it stars Harold M. Leaver as the snarky title character, forced to work as a department store elf during the holidays one year when money is tight.

Leaver’s co-stars are Enoch King, now in his sixth year, and LaLa Cochran. Leaver still shakes his head at how successful “Santaland” has become. What started as a staged reading now often sells out its entire run.

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Margaret Cho’s new comedy tour is the mother of all shows

Margaret Cho

She sounded a bit tired in the phone interview. Between guest starring on a hit TV show, planning her “Mother” comedy tour, singing, embracing her new passion of riding motorcycles, starring on “Drop Dead Diva,” traveling, writing her blog, and answering the same questions from reporters all day, Margaret Cho has a right to be a bit reserved when not “on” in front of an audience.

But Cho is still thrilled to be nominated for an Emmy for her guest actress appearance on “30 Rock.” She actually played a man — well, two men — to receive the Emmy nod.

“It’s great. I really love that show. It’s an honor,” Cho said of the nomination.