LA Weekly
July 22-28, 2005

Outlaugh 2005

Highways Performance Space invites everyone to be an honorary hag this weekend for its first-ever Outlaugh 2005. The kings and queens of queer comedy lined up for this fundraiser benefiting the volunteer organization L.A. Shanti obviously have two things in common: They're all uproariously funny and possess not one trace of discernable estrogen or testosterone, well, at least not where it's supposed to be. Take, for example, pointy-haired, one-named Ant, who's "so gay, I can put a lisp in the word 'cracker'" You may have seen him tell Gary Busey and the Snapple lady to lay off the sweets on VH1's fat-farm-for-the-famous Celebrity Fit Club 2. Then there's the Gay Mafia taking Mike Ovitz's paranoid homophobic blunder as inspiration for much of their material. (We don't think the BET Awards are ready for a rapper named Lisp rhyming, "I'll just get you high and fill you with booze/Well, that's how it happened with me and Tom Cruise.") And Last, but not least, are our favorite prairie home companions the Nellie Olesons, who'll be reprising some of our favorite sketches from Older! Uglier! Meaner! this fall, including the brilliant synchronized, interpretive dance to Psycho's shower scene and the Mommie Dearest —spouting "Tale of Two Tinas." ("Understand. The first word I ever heard out of any of you was that word, understand. The inimitable Lea DeLaria of standup, TV and Broadway (on the Town) fame, whose current album of jazzy interpretations of rock songs, Double Standards, is a must hear, headlines. At Highways, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica;
pay-what-you-can Red Carpet Gala, Thurs., July 28, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., July 29, 8:30 p.m.; Sat., July 30, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., July 31, 7:30 p.m.; $20. (800) 595-4849 or (310) 315-1459.
—Siran Babayan