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Frequently Asked Questions
 
   
 
What is the purpose of the Outlaugh Comedy Festival?
How Can I get booked to be a standup performer in Outlaugh 2012?
How many Outlaughs have there been?
When was the first Outlaugh?
When was the second Outlaugh?
When was the third Outlaugh?
When was the fourth Outlaugh?
Who started the damn thing?
Who is responsible for Outlaugh 2012 and is there a reward offered for their capture?
   

What is the purpose of the Outlaugh Comedy Festival?
Outlaugh is America’s National Queer Comedy Festival promoting all forms of queer comedy.

How Can I get booked to be a standup performer in Outlaugh 2012?
Submissions are now closed for Outlaugh 2012. We promise to open our submissions process in September 2012, for 2013. There has been precious little lead time for the recent Outlaugh events to allow adequate submission windows. 2013 will be different!

How many Outlaughs have there been?
Outlaugh 2012 will be #5.

When was the first Outlaugh?
The first Outlaugh was in June 2005 and ran four nights. Mike Player collaborated with Leo Garcia, Artistic Director at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. It was hosted by Lea DeLaria. There was a film “Outlaugh!” made of the event.

When was the second Outlaugh?
The second Outlaugh was in October 2006 at the Renberg Theater in Hollywood. Outlaugh 2006 was hosted by Margaret Cho and was made into an 8-episode TV series, “The Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack” for MTV’s LOGO network. The series aired continuously for 3 years.

When was the third Outlaugh?
The third Outlaugh was in March 2009. Outlaugh 2009 was held in 3 U.S. cities simultaneously (LA, NYC, and Lake Tahoe) Mike Player collaborated with Bob Montgomery at Gotham Comedy Club, Erin Foley at the Hollywood Improv, and Kevin Ray at Lake Tahoe WinterFest. There is no film of ’09. It was solely a live event. It is remembered in legends.

When was the fourth Outlaugh?
The fourth Outlaugh was held in June 2011. Sponsored by the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau and by the City of West Hollywood, Outlaugh 2011 ran for 3 nights in the main room of the famed Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip. The first Outlaugh Comedy Award was given to Robin Tyler.

Who started the damn thing?
Mike Player, cast member and director of The Gay Mafia Comedy Group, and author of “Out on the Edge – America’s Rebel Comics” founded and is artistic director for all of the Outlaugh Festivals. He executive produced the movie and TV series, as well www.mikeplayer.net His sanity is in question.

Who is responsible for Outlaugh 2012 and is there a reward offered for their capture?
Mike Player and Dan Berkowitz are co-producers of the Outlaugh 2012 gala opening weekend at the Macha Theatre. Dan Berkowitz is the Los Angeles Regional Rep of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists, and the Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Mike and Dan are working with Bill Hynes of the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau for the gala opening weekend. Mike Player and Calvin Wynter of www.inbrook.com are co-producers of the “Outlaugh at the Hollywood Fringe” portion of this year’s Outlaugh festival.

ABOUT INBROOK
Inbrook is a co-producer of Outlaugh 2012 with over 15 years experience guiding participants and entire festivals through the choppy waters of international performing arts. It has produced festivals of all genres, guided troupes and artists to awards and global tours, and implemented press campaigns that turned the unknown into the well-known. Inbrook is Winner of the Richard Pryor Award, Nominee of the Spirit of the Fringe Edinburgh Comedy Awards and Nominee of the Malcom Hardee Cunning Stunt Award. Full info at www.inbrook.com

ABOUT THE WEST HOLLYWOOD MARKETING & VISITORS BUREAU
The West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau is a 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the City of West Hollywood as a “living forward” visitor destination to business and leisure travelers by promoting awareness of the city’s unique location, image, businesses and industries and by providing support for the city’s economic development efforts. For more information on West Hollywood’s cutting edge businesses or to plan the ultimate getaway, please visit www.visitwesthollywood.com The Bureau has also designed a site with information specifically geared toward gay travelers at www.gogaywesthollywood.com For the latest offers and tips on living like a West Hollywood insider, including exclusive deals and shopping incentives, visit www.westhollwoodinsider.com


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