Comedy for a Cause
Tales from the VIP Table of TransYouth Speak
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My regular readers know that I rarely walk a red carpet and tell. Oh, who am I kidding? Walking red and then relaying the details is my bread and butter! And while I usually whip up a snippy, undercutting observation or two for y’all, this recent event was simply awesome.

Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts, Patton Oswalt and Ian Harvie—perhaps you’ve heard of them? (Of course you have!) All were under the same roof, performing comedy live on the Wiltern stage to support the awesome nonprofit program TransYouth Speak, a grassroots initiative that helps transgender youth find their voice through art and social media.

Yours truly spent the night VIP-ing it. Seated up front at a table for eight, I indulged in complimentary wine and unlimited cheese. To my left, Kate Flannery of The Office, who looked stunning, I might add. To my right, pop icon Lisa Loeb, who hasn’t aged a day since walking through that New York loft in a single, uninterrupted camera shot.

(It’s here that I would like to take a moment and apologize to Lisa for cornering her in the Wiltern stairwell and asking her why she said I only hear what I want to. So?! She was a good sport.)

The show was phenomenally LOL-inducing. If I had to cite a single fail, however, it would have been the self-proclaimed “kind of a big deal” music producer seated at my VIP table. He was wearing an Ed Hardy hat and had his Armani suit pants tailored into capris. Need I say more?

Apparently Sir Capri-A-Lot is producing an upcoming track for the tongue-wagging Miley Cyrus, and it’s supposedly going to “blow that wrecking ball out of the water!” Oh, how we wait with bated breath for that one! [Insert eye roll here]

The real highlight of the night were the trans youth, who are true superstars in the making. So funny, so fanciful, so fabulous—we had an inspired blast together at the after-party, talking about empowerment through art while dancing to Britney Spears remixes.

One TransYouth Speak member clandestinely told me, “We’ve got something big planned, honey. Tell your readers that TYS is about to blow YouTube wide open. We have a message. We have a voice. And we have a plan.”

To witness that kind of passion and heart—that is something I can’t wait for!

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  2. Dave posted on 05/16/2014 08:09 AM  
    GREAT show. Congrats, MA!
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