A Funny Time to Be Gay [NOOK Book]

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Meet the out crowd that’s really “in”—the gay and lesbian stand-up comics who’ve come out of the closet and stormed the mainstream with the hippest and wittiest comedy acts of the last three decades.

In A Funny Time to Be Gay, Ed Karvoski Jr. traces the evolution of gay and lesbian comedy from the few pioneers in New York's Greenwich Village in the seventies, to the mavericks who played San Francisco's famed Valencia Rose in the eighties, to ...
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A Funny Time to Be Gay

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Overview

Meet the out crowd that’s really “in”—the gay and lesbian stand-up comics who’ve come out of the closet and stormed the mainstream with the hippest and wittiest comedy acts of the last three decades.

In A Funny Time to Be Gay, Ed Karvoski Jr. traces the evolution of gay and lesbian comedy from the few pioneers in New York's Greenwich Village in the seventies, to the mavericks who played San Francisco's famed Valencia Rose in the eighties, to the comics who starred in their own TV specials in the nineties and continue to headline comedy clubs. With short introductions that reveal the performers’ approaches to both their sexual and professional identities, over thirty hilarious monologues capture the diversity of the gay and lesbian comic community.
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Editorial Reviews

About.com
“You’ll be the one laughing out loud on the plane as you read!” -- “Favorite Books for Summer 2011” by Kathy Belge, Lesbian Life at About.com
Tom Kuntz
You think Ellen DeGeneres had it tough, hiding her homosexuality in the closet all those years until she hit the big time in television? What about comics out of the closet who have struggled in relative obscurity in large part because they are openly gay?... Many of their routines are now available to a wider audience through a new compilation, 'A Funny Time to Be Gay,' collected by Ed Karvoski Jr.
The New York Times
Julia Willis
...a great reference guide to gay and lesbian comics working today, giving you a good sense and a better idea of whose act you'll want to catch at a venue near you. ... This guy [Karvoski] is good at what he does. ... So come on — put your hands together and give a warm welcome to the past, present and future of queer comedy.
Lambda Book Report
Meryl Cohn
Karvoski manages to cull works that pack an equal punch on the page. Each interview and excerpt seems like a private conversation with the comic, which reflects Karvoski's own fascination with the topic. .. 'A Funny Time to Be Gay' anecdotally includes some of the history of gay and lesbian comedy over three decades, filtered through Karvoski's own funny perspective.
Frontiers Newsmagazine (Los Angeles)
Library Journal
Stand-up comedian and writer Karvoski points out that the proliferation of gay and lesbian comedy on cable-and occasionally broadcast-television and at comedy clubs is an important development in the entertainment industry. His goal here is to document this development, though his enjoyable compilation is more a selective overview than a thorough documentation (e.g., why isn't Lea Delaria included?). He serves up very brief interviews with 32 openly gay and lesbian comics to accompany longer examples of their material. Some of the pieces are hysterical and very biting, but many of the routines fall flat on the printed page. The book is well organized by place and time, covering the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, mostly from the obvious locales of San Francisco and New York, and contact and booking information for selected comedians is provided. A good complement to Growing Up Gay (Hyperion, 1995) and Out, Loud and Laughing (Anchor, 1995), both of which include only contemporary works, this book will benefit curious readers and those without cable television or comedy club access. For public libraries with popular gay and lesbian collections.-Christopher Lee Cochran, Acad. for Educational Development Lib., Washington, D.C.
From the Publisher
"A Funny Time to Be Gay chronicles the rise of gay stand-up and gives it historical perspective." – J.S. Hall, BAY WINDOWS (Boston)

"As both a performer and a writer Karvoski has gained an insider's view of the entertainment industry as it affects gay performers. ... The interviews that precede the monologues are not only entertaining, but informative. ... There are no closets in Karvoski's book, just page after page of humor and a very good read." – Lester Strong, WATERMARK (Orlando)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439144992
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,031,593
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ed Karvoski Jr. has worked in various aspects of the entertainment and publishing industries for over 30 years. He's the author of five books, including the bestseller A Funny Time to Be Gay, Award-Winning Men, and The Movie Queen Quiz Book. Karvoski and his books have been featured in The New York Times, USA Weekend, Publishers Weekly, The Advocate, and Out. Additionally, The Village Voice called him "an insatiable vacuum cleaner in the showbiz closet!"
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