Queerotica Comedy Show!

Monday March 5: 7:30PM 9:00PM

Buy a $10 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the main store elevator or the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.

It's time for another Strand comedy night, with an all-star cast of amazing comics and a critically important theme. In the words of the show producers themselves, "Sex is history and gay sex is neglected. This show celebrates the life of queer sex from the first African Queens to surefire homosexual Mike Pence. Each show highlights an artifact of queer sex and a lineup of comedians talking about queer sex!" The night's talent will include Ashley Gavin, Ian Fidance, Sydnee Washington, Elsa Waithe, Patrick Holbert, Sam Morrison, and the host of the evening, Philip Henry.

Join us in the Rare Book Room for a very special night of gay comedy and LGBTQ celebration!

Ashley Gavin

Ashley is a New York based, nationally touring comedian. Her comedy has been featured on Hulu, FOX, AXS TV, SiriusXM Comedy, Refinery29, Elite Daily, and The Kicker. Ashley has headlined at colleges and clubs around the country, including her recent breakout (sold-out) performance at Carolines. Ashley has taken part in some of the most prestigious festivals and showcases including NBC's Stand Up For Diversity - New York. Her webseries Gay Girl Straight Girl has over 400k views and has been featured in Galore Mag.

Ian Fidance

A delicious cup of tea best drank live, Ian's comedy has been described as "bizarre yet funny" by The Interrobang. A popular guest on both SiriusXM radio's The Bennington Show and the Artie Lange & Anthony Cumia Show, he's been featured in the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, as well as the Boston, Brooklyn, and New York Comedy Festivals. He's written & performed in sketches for Above Average, Conde Nast, and Funny or Die, and was commissioned by Nike to write & star in a live media presentation for their "Hyper" line of athletic wear. Fidance made his stand up TV debut on the third season of AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, can be seen on the upcoming season of Talk 30 to Me on VH1, and was recently featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Sydnee Washington

Sydnee hosts a high energy monthly comedy show in the Lower East Side called Hot Box Comedy. A cast member in MTV's international tv show Vidiots. Has a solo show called Death of a Bottle Girl at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre. The UnOfficial Expert Podcast with ComedyHypeResidency at The PIT Presents for 2016. Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival 2016. Has appeared in TruTv Late Night Snack, VH1 and various YouTube videos for GQ and Elite Daily.

Elsa Waithe

Elsa is a comedian and activist from Norfolk, Va, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Her comedy is a mix of lighthearted but critical jabs at homosexuality and race, but she mainly just talks about herself and weed. She’s taken home 1st place and “fan favorite” 3 times at the Virginia Beach FunnyBone in 2013. She appears on Internet Action Force. NBC Stand-Up Semi-Finalist. She was also featured on NPR’s This American Life in Oct. 2015. Elsa is a regular at Greenwich Village Comedy Club in Manhattan and The Experiment Comedy Gallery in Brooklyn.

Patrick Holbert 

Patrick has been making his living in NYC since 2003. A scene regular, you can find him in the city’s hottest comedy rooms every night. He has performed on Sirius XM and hosts the internationally syndicated TV show The Movie Loft. He has appeared on TruTV’s Hack My Life and Mysteries at the Museum on the Travel Channel. Patrick is often asked to emcee comedy shows because of his playful wit and affability. The New York Times recently called him the "charming M.C." of the children's variety show he performs in weekly. You can also catch him online co-hosting The Comic’s Table podcast.  

Sam Morrison 

Sam is a New York City-based comedian who has been featured on Comic Seen, Stellar Underground, and was recently named one of Mogul's NYC Comics to Watch in 2018. You can catch him regularly at Broadway Comedy Club, Old Man Hustle, and Catch a Rising Star. He’s performed all over the world at the Ugandan National Theatre, Kampala International Festival, Fingerlakes Comedy Festival, Smart Aleck Festival, and TrumpCon. You've seen him on Laffin' Matterz TV and just about every gay bar in town. Sam’s second one-man show Hello, Daddy! will debut at Dixon Place on February 28th and be featured in Horse Trade’s QUEERLY Festival summer 2018. 

And your host: Phillip Henry 

Phillip Henry is a comedian, writer, and advocate working in New York City. He loves mischief and men, not that they two are mutually exclusive. You can see him every week at his comedy variety show The Tea Party in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of NYC. www.Majorphilebrity.com