BackStage West
July 21 , 2005

NewsWire...

Outlaugh 2005, the first U.S. gay and lesbian comedy festival, begins jJul. 28. Among the performers are Lea DeLaria, the Gay Mafia, Ant, Bob Smith, Reichen, and the Nellie Olesons. A portion of the opening night proceeds will benefit LA Shanti, a volunteer organization supporting people facing life-threatening illnesses. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. Thu.-Fri. 8:30 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m. July 28-31. $20 per eveing; Jul. 28 is Pay What You Can. For more information and a complete event schedule, visit www.outlaughfestival.com. (800) 595-4849 ...