shows have included: A Gay Mafia Christmas, Experimenting with The Gay
Mafia, The Gay Mafia: Not the Marrying Kind, The Gay Mafia: Stripped
Bare!, The Gay Mafia Brokeback Mountain Show, and The Gay Mafia: Nu-Queer Winter. Click here to read an article.
"Sergio's Place," a sketch
serial of 27 episodes written by Mike Player was included in Gay
Mafia shows over several years. Click here for a plot synopsis.
In January 2005, The Gay
Mafia began a successful affiliation with queer stand-up comics and
hosted The First Annual Gay Mafia
Comedy Competition to sold-out audiences.
July 28-31 2005, The Gay
Mafia hosted the First Queer Comedy Festival in America, Outlaugh!
Featured Artist was Lea DeLaria. Outlaugh! 2005 and The Gay Mafia were
chosen as LA Weekly’s Comedy Pick of the Week, The
Advocate’s Hot Pick
, and LA Alternative Press’ Featured Pick of the Week.
(The Concert Film of Outlaugh! 2005) screened at LA’s Outfest in
2006, Fresno’s Reel Pride in Sept 06, and in Austin’s
Festival in Oct. 06. Also, in Tampa FL, Hartford CT, New York, Montana,
New Zealand, Australia, and Israel. Wolfe Video released Outlaugh! on
DVD in 2007. Purchase it - or rent it on Netflix. Outlaugh! the movie has
recently been purchased for airing on HERE TV.
Gay Mafia appeared frequently at The Grounds in West Hollywood.
Margaret Cho and many other stand-up comics performed with us. Kurt
Hall and Diana Yanez of the Gay Mafia toured with Margaret Cho,
performing as "Lisp and Havana," Margaret’s opening act. Diana and Kurt later were
members of the cast of Margaret's "Sensuous Woman Show" off-Broadway.
The 2nd Annual Gay Mafia
Comedy Competition was held in early fall 2006 to sold out
5, 6, & 7, 2006 The Gay Mafia again hosted Outlaugh,
first and continuing Queer Comedy Festival. Portions of Outlaugh 2006
are being broadcast on MTV’s LOGO Network, as "The
Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack."
The Gay Mafia appear in episodes 3,5, and 8. "The Outlaugh Festival on
Wisecrack" aired continuously for several years after the 2007 debut. All 8 episodes
are available on iTunes and on Netflix.
The 3rd Annual Gay Mafia Comedy Competition
was held at Club Tangier in August 07, and again proved to be an
In late 2007, the Gay Mafia performed an all-sketch show "The Gay Mafia: Nu-Queer Winter," at the Lounge Theater in Hollywood.
Gay Mafia appeared at Benvenuto in Weho and Tangier in
Los Feliz, and headlined the ArtExplosion
Festival in Florida. Click
here to read an article.
29, 2008, The Gay Mafia performed for the 20th Annual LAMBDA
Literary Awards at the Silent Screen Theater in the Pacific Design
Center in West Hollywood, CA.
Oct. 11, 2008, The Gay
Mafia headlined the Affirmations (Gay Mormons) National Convention in
San Pedro, CA.
In Dec. 2008, Mike Player
came out with a book from Alyson books - a nonfiction anthology on
comedy and comedians entitled: "Out on the Edge: America's Rebel Comics."
The book is in bookstores now and features contributions by cast
The Gay Mafia, as well as many great stand-up comedians.
4, 2009, The Gay Mafia
performed at The Hollywood Improv as part of the Los Angeles
presentation of Outlaugh 2009.
June 24, 2009 The Gay Mafia shared the bill with Suzanne Westenhoefer
and Sandra Valls at the MACHA Theater in West Hollywood in
"Gaylarious!" as part of Weho's Gay Pride Month Cultural Celebration.
Fall 2009, The Mafia performed 4 monthly shows at the Macha Theater in
West Hollywood. Also a fundraiser in Long Beach for the Long Beach GLBT
The Gay Mafia returned by popular
demand on June 24, 2010
for the second "Gaylarious!" for the City of West Hollywood with
standups Andre Kelley and Karen Ripley.
On November 18, 2010 The Gay Mafia headlined another fundraiser, this time at The Long Beach Hilton.
On April 19, 2012, The Gay Mafia performed for Pride at Sacramento State University.
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