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Homo Comicus: Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Eddie Sarfaty

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 14, 2017
Homo Comicus: Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Eddie Sarfaty

Judy Gold once told Michael Musto that she considered her comedy more Jewish than gay, but as Homo Comicus: Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Eddie Sarfaty showed, for this queen of stand-up, the two are inseparable.

Homo Comicus has become the essential showcase for LGBT comics in New York. Periodically, we take over Gotham Comedy Club (well, not quite; see Gold's lighting into a straight couple below). The headlining of well-established comics gives those lower on the bill a chance to be seen by a large audience.

In the case of Joel Kim Booster, he stepped up to the plate and hit a homer. An Asian adopted, as he tells us, by Trump-voting Baptists, Kim Booster straddles two worlds, as when he relates coming into a P.F. Chang in Boise, Idaho, and everyone staring at him. (An Asian in an Asian chain restaurant -- imagine it!)

His funniest bit, however, was an extended riff on going home with a guy who reveals that he's -- gasp! -- a Trump supporter. So why didn't Kim Booster turn around and leave? "I paid for the Lyft." Makes sense.

Anyway, he tells us that it was the worst sex ever: "For years, I've been telling conservatives to suck my dick. Then one does, and he's lousy."

As for Gold, she came on the way she always comes on -- like gangbusters -- and only goes from strength to strength, until the audience is aching from laughter.

This time around, Gold was riffing on those pretentious folk who think they're broadcasting their knowledge by weirdly accenting words like "apartment," accent on the last syllable, pronounced, dontcha know, like the French "ment" ending." It kept reappearing.

Her funniest bit was tearing into the attractive young straight couple right in front of the stage. "So why are you here?" "We thought it would be fun." "Uh-huh, you invade our spaces because we're fun. You know how people have fun in straight bars? They play darts."

If you want to get technical about it, Jackie Hoffman shouldn't be at a Homo Comicus since she's not gay. But who the hell cares? She's one of the funniest deadpan comics alive, and her sensibility is gayer than the vast majority of gay men.

From the moment she started her monologue in her best nasal old-Jewish-lady monotone, "The Oriental is very funny" (about Kim Booster), you know you're in for a wild ride.

Hoffmann regaled the audience with a diary of several weeks working on the TV show "Feud," for which she was nominated for an Emmy as a Latina maid (hey, it's TV).

Jessica Lange comes in for particular attention. After being told by the director of Feud to walk in front of the camera and she walks in back, Lange tells her (in Hoffman's snotty über-WASP voice reserved for Lange), "The front of the camera is the lens. The back is the cameraman."

"Television is so technical!" Hoffman complains, not for the first time.

Like all the best stand-up comedy, the jokes here are definitely not P.C. Gold pokes special fun at people who consider themselves "gender fluid."

"What happens when you're in the finals at a mixed-doubles tennis tournament, and your partner says he feels like being a woman today?" she asked. "Can't you be a man for a few more hours?"

"I can't call someone 'they,'" she adds. "'They' is plural. I have the solution; call them 'it.' If it wants to be woman one day, it's a 'hit'; if a woman, she's a 'shit.'"

And so it goes. If you want a night that will have you bursting your side, check out Homo Comicus. I fully admit I normally hate stand-up, but these nights are gems (even though the host, Eddie Sarfaty, was way too square for my taste).

Homo Comicus: Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Eddie Sarfaty took place on November 8 at Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St. in Chelsea. For reservations, call 212-367-9000. For information about upcoming Homo Comicus nights, visit the club's website

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


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