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Call Answered: Conference Call: Brad Loekle & Julie Goldman: "Gay Bash!" at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

Brad Loekle, Photo Credit: Ana OchoaphotoJulie Goldman, Photo Credit: Connie KurtewFrom one former comedian to two current comedians, this was one funny interview with out gay comics Brad Loekle (NBC's Last Comic Standing) & Julie Goldman (Bravo's The People's Couch) who are coming to The Laurie Beechman Theatre in February with the double-bill show Gay Bash!.

Brad & Julie bring their unique comedy stylings to NYC's Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue, inside the basement of the West Bank Cafe) for an evening of laughter! Gay Bash! will be performed for one-night-only on Friday, February 2 at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Brad visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Julie follow her on Facebook and Twitter, and Instagram!

1. Who or what inspired you to become comedians?

Brad Loekle: I started doing Comedy to shut up all the people in my life that said, “you should be a comedian!”. To no one’s surprise, but my own, people were right! I fell in love with it immediately and threw myself head first into the abandoned swimming pool of Comedy!

Julie Goldman: I was definitely inspired as a kid by Mel Brooks HUGELY and then there was Joan Rivers of course, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman…Mel Brooks was probably the biggest though. I was OBSESSED with his movies. Particularly History of The World Part 1 and I would re-enact my favorite scenes for my family and I'm sure they wanted to throw me in the river...

Brad Loekle2. This February you are both headlining Gay Bash at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. What are you looking forward to about this evening of comedy?

Brad Loekle: The chicken Caesar salad I’ll have right before I go on as the obligatory complimentary entree you get when you headline anywhere. Wait, do they have a chicken ceasar salad, if not Julie’s doing a solo hour and I’m going to Olive Garden.

Julie Goldman: I'm looking forward to sharing the theater with Brad. There are few comedians I enjoy watching and who really make me laugh anymore and this gentle gay sir is one of them. It's going to be a fun night for sure. I've also never performed at The Laurie Beechman and I'm really excited as I've heard such great things about the space.

3. Since you are performing on the same show, how do you feel your comedy styles are similar to be double billed?

Brad Loekle: From the first time I met Julie I felt like we were angry, sexually inappropriate twins separated at birth. She actually said to me, on our first road gig together, "I hate all new people I meet but I’m almost scared of how much I like you." This is, in my experience, the closest a Jewish lesbian can come to affection and it chokes me up just thinking about it.

Julie Goldman: I think our styles really compliment each other. WE certainly have a similar POV on the world but I think we have different enough styles that it's really fun and different for the audience.

Brad LoekleJulie Goldman4. What makes your comedy unique?

Brad Loekle: Most of my material is very autobiographical. I’m not talking about food shopping or airplane food. It’s just not my thing. And I think when it’s all stuff from your life, it’s hard for other people to steal it and it makes it easier to stand out. I don’t know anyone else who has a joke about their dad asking them to blow a cop to get out of a ticket. Except, maybe Seinfeld.

Julie Goldman: I do it all in German. I think this is hard question to answer. I can say my comedy is specific to me and is very personal, so in that regard I guess thats what makes it unique.

5. Since the show is called Gay Bash, what is your favorite way to party?

Brad Loekle: Call me a traditionalist but I’m always a fan of hookers and blow! Kidding...ish. Honestly, a great night out is sitting in the corner of a bar with Julie figuring out world peace and trying to guess what various celebrities sexual kinks are. I’m convinced Helen Mirren is into choke sex.

Julie Goldman: Drugs.

Julie Goldman & Brandy Howard, Writing Partner/Bravo Co-Star, on “The Poeple’s Couch”, Photo Credit: BravoBrad Loekle's "Electroshock Therapy"6. How do you feel the world of comedy has changed for out comics over the past eight or so years?

Brad Loekle: Well, though there still aren’t many of us (gay comics), there were a hell of a lot less of us a decade ago. I think it’s A LOT easier for out comics in the actual comedy club scene than it used to be. When I started it was mostly alt rooms where out comics were given chances and able to build an act.

Julie Goldman: I think it’s so different. I think the landscape for women comedians and LGBT comedians has changed. I think it's more open in some ways as far as the audiences are concerned. Hearing someone gay at this point is old news. Boring. Average. You better identify as a Trans Shark gender queer non binary  asexual Sponge if you wanna get a rise out of anyone now.

7. What would advice would you give to an aspiring gay comic?

Brad Loekle: It wouldn’t be different that the advice I’d give a straight comic, really. I’d tell them that if they would be suicidally miserable if they did anything other than Comedy, then go spend about 3-5 years doing every shitty little show and open mic you can get on to see if you’re any good. It takes about that long to see if the person really has sustainable talent AND if they are built to handle all the that job is offstage, as well. But if you can be happy living any other life...go be happy. Comedy is for people who read the story of Sisyphus and thought, "that’s the life for me! Where do I sign up?!"

Julie Goldman: GO to medical School.

Brad LoekleMore on Brad:

Brad Loekle was a semi-finalist in season 9 of NBC's Last Comic Standing. But TV audiences may also recognize Brad from the past 7 years on TruTV’s hit original series, World’s Dumbest. Brad's snarky wit was also put to good use as a writer for comedy icon Joan River's on E!'s Fashion Police. In 2016, he was one of the stars of Logo TV's Bianca's Comedy Cabaret a comedy special hosted by Drag Race winner, Bianca Del Rio. Brad has also made appearances on an assortment of shows on E!, VH1, MTV, Logo and many more! Radio listeners will recognize Brad’s voice as a longtime guest co-host on SiriusXM's Morning Jolt w/ Larry Flick or his regular appearances on The Frank DeCaro Show. Aside from touring the country regularly, he also produced one of the longest running weekly comedy shows in NYC The Electroshock Comedy Hour at Therapy Lounge ran for 8 years and was featured in The New York Times, Time Out, New York Magazine, Next, HX and many others. Now an LA transplant, Brad performs and produces shows regularly in LA, San Diego & San Francisco. He also currently performs regularly with Atlantis Events & RSVP Vacations. Since 2010, Brad has travelled to more than 30 countries while entertaining tens of thousands of Atlantis & RSVP guests alongside such notable artists as: Patti Lupone, Sutton Foster, Vanessa Williams, Kathy Griffin, Lea DeLaria, Leslie Jordan and many more.

Julie GoldmanMore on Julie:

Julie Goldman is currently a series regular on Bravo's hit series The People's Couch. She was the star of LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show, and is a former comedy writer on E!'s Fashion Police. She is the  winner of the NewNowNext Brink of Fame Comic Award, and the MAC Award for Best Headlining Comedian in NYC. Julie has been garnering massive attention around the country headlining stand up in clubs, colleges and headlining and working beside Sarah Silverman, Lewis Black, and Jeff Garlin. She has performed at Montreal's prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival, on Broadway in Laughing Liberally, and emceeing Puppetry of the Penis. She is a favorite on Olivia cruises and 'R Family Vacations and has appeared doing stand up on Logo, and Comedy Central. You may have also caught her performing a duet with Jane Lynch on VH-1’s Do Something Awards, on Bones, or on RuPaul's Drag Race.


Call Answered: Keith Price: Lavender Shade at The Laurie Beechman Theatre

I love stand-up comedy! As a former stand-up comedian myself, I know what it takes to make an audience laugh, so anytime I get to talk to another comedian, it's always enjoyable to find out what makes them tick. When I found out that comedian Adam Sank was going to be part of Keith Price's Lavender Shade at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, I knew I had to talk to Keith! I adore Adam and now, after my interview with Keith, am a big fan of this man! 

Lavender Shade comes uptown to The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue, inside the West Bank Cafe) for one night only, Saturday, March 26 at 7pm! Joining Keith in this hilarious show will be NPR's Ophira Eisenberg, comedian Adam Sank, and Blanca Dominguez. Click here for tickets!

For more on Keith be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

Keith Price1. On March 26, you are bringing your downtown comedy show, Lavender Shade, uptown to the Laurie Beechman Theatre for one night only. Why did you want to bring this show to the Beechman? Well, I have always been in love with the space since the first time that I saw the late, great, Joan Rivers do her magic. I also had to run to my cast recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to take in all of Laurie Beechman’s fabulousness.

2. Why did you want to call your show Lavender Shade? I call the show Lavender Shade because somehow the color Lavender is always associated with being "gay" or "LGBT"-ish and shade is simply the truth with a side eye, which to me is always comedy gold, and the best comedy comes from the truth.

3. Since you call this show Lavender Shade, What is your most cherished lavender item you own? How often do you have to throw "Shade" at someone on a typical day? I LIVE for my lavender soaps and oils, and I throw shade every day, because it’s easier than exercising.

4. In Lavender Shade, you will be joined by the comedic talents of Adam Sank (whom I've had the pleasure of interviewing before), Blanca Dominguez & NPR's Ophira Eisenberg. What is it about their performance styles that made you want them to join you for this show? I chose these particular comedians for the same reasons that I choose all of the comedians that perform in Lavender Shade: they make me laugh. They all offer interesting pieces of themselves when they perform for audiences, and their senses of humor are so different. Blanca is a Latina spitfire that takes no prisoners and makes you laugh just because her viewpoint on her life and others is hysterical and relatable. Ophira’s comedy is edgy, smart, and so accessible to the room. Not to mention, if you read her book, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, you will see that she is like many of us. Adam, of course uses a wry sense of sexuality mixed with his passion for making people laugh, and let’s not pretend that he isn't pretty easy on the eyes.

Keith Price5. You have performed your shows, filled with a message of love and fabulosity across college campuses, at numerous PRIDE events, and in famed NYC clubs. What is something fabulous about yourself that nobody knows? What is the secret to winning your love? In spite of my somewhat public stance about children, I actually like them, especially if they know how to behave and have a sense of humor.  The secret of winning my love is being funny, loving to eat (or preferably know how to cook), and knowing your way around a Broadway show. Luckily, I have found someone who already has my love. 

6. What is the funniest thing to happen to you during one of your comedy shows? What has been the worst thing to happen to you? The funniest thing to happen has been performing the show and realizing that my fly was down the whole time and NO ONE said a word. Maybe they thought it was part of the act. The worst thing to happen on stage was during my dance opening moment, I slipped and fell on the stage, tearing my pants in the inseam, and then having to host the entire show.

Keith Price7. Have any of your comedy idols ever come to one of your shows? If so, who was it and what was it like to meet them? I have never had any of my comedy idols see me perform, but recently one of my favorite Broadway performers who is more known now as a director, Jerry Dixon, came to see my last Lavender Shade downtown. I saw his husband and him performing together at Lincoln Center a couple of weeks ago, and I ran into him after another performance with my friends, Andy Karl and Orfeh. I introduced myself to him and tried not to fan boy too much. The next night I saw him getting off the train near the show, and he told me that he was coming, and I got all nervous. He came up afterwards and told me that not only was I funny, he also loved the lineup of comedians that night: Yvonne Mojica, Mike Siscoe, and Leighann Lord. I am already proud of the shows that I produce, but that night, I was super proud.

8. When was the moment when you first realized you had a gift for comedy? Who makes you laugh today? Instinctively, I have always known that I could make people laugh from an early age, but it wasn’t until my 20’s did I ever feel brave enough to get on stage and try it. I took a class with an amazing man named, Sam Cox, back in Texas. He taught us how to use our life first and to create jokes later. After the first joke landed, I knew there was a moment. So many people make me laugh. I am a fan of George Lopez, Cristela Alonzo, Amy Schumer, all of the Wayans family, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, George Wallace, Steve Harvey, and so many more.

Keith Price9. On "Call Me Adam," I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent everyday. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent everyday? Diet and Fitness. I am working on it, but DAMN, it’s hard. Maybe I have to go to the gym with you.

10. As an interviewer yourself, what is one question I haven't asked that you would have? If you could have a dinner party with a number of comedians, dead and/or alive, who would you invite? All of the ones that I just mentioned plus Mel Brooks, Flip Wilson, Lucille Ball, and Bea Arthur.

Keith PriceMore on Keith:

Keith Price served as co-host on the long-running SiriusXM morning show The Morning Jolt on SiriusXM, interviewing some of the most iconic celebrities in the world. As a comedian, Keith has performed his message of love and fabulosity at colleges, Pride events and famed NYC clubs.


Call Answered: Ralph Harris: MANish BOY 2014 NYC International Fringe Festival

Ralph Harris"Call Me Adam" chats with actor, writer, and stand-up comedian Ralph Harris about his one-man show MANish BOY that is playing in the 2014 NYC International Fringe Festival through August 24 at The Players Theatre in NYC (115 MacDougal Street). We also discuss working with Eddie Murphy, best advice, Life Savers, and Super Powers.

MANish BOY tells the story of an unexpected journey that ensues when Ralph Harris returns to his childhood home to take a DNA test revealing fears of becoming a father while reigniting good and bad memories only to discover where we're from makes us who we are. Click here for tickets!

For more on Ralph be sure to visit and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube!

1. Your one-man show MANish BOY will be playing in the 2014 NYC Fringe Festival fromAugust 9-24. What excites you about having this show in the Fringe Festival? The idea of doing a show anywhere in NYC excites me, but the opportunity to do theatre in a town where theatre and great acting is appreciated everywhere you turn is a magnificent thought. Just speaking those words musters up the nerves in my stomach, to know that this run with the Fringe legitimizes my entry into this great tradition and experience.

2. How do you feel the Fringe Festival will help nourish the show in a way another festival might not? I've done other festivals that are targeted to a demographic; not that there's anything wrong with that! However, the fact that the FringeNYC has the word International in the name of this event speaks volumes to where this opportunity could lead. It's sure to open doors that I never considered when I decided to write MANish BOY.

Ralph Harris in "MANish BOY"3. What made you want to write MANish BOY? What made now the right time to do it? Having been a stand-up comedian for over 20 years, I had a tendency to feel that I could never get totally comfortable going deep with my story telling, to the audiences of a comedy club. I longed for an opportunity to connect with people who didn't shy aware from truth, just so they could have a laugh and a few drinks and go home. I wanted to make people feel something, after they left. After mulling over a VHS tape of Whoopi (Goldberg's) HBO One Woman Show taped in 1985 (which eventually broke from repeated use), the thing that stayed in the back of my mind is what she revealed, which was - a way to present another aspect of a comedy performance. So, in 2003, I started writing MANish BOY, and after several visits to a therapist through the creative process, I later came to realize in 2008, that it was time to tell the story!

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing MANish BOY? Because the show deals with issues of growing up in a single family home, I hope that they can connect with something they may or may not've experienced directly, but will have a fresher attitude towards the differences that shape people. As well, the issue of becoming a first time father, after learning of a child nearly seventeen years later. The benefits of "The Village" that become the virtual parents of us all. That watchful eye of concern who made sure you knew right from wrong, and stayed on the right path.

Ralph Harris performing Stand-Up Comedy5. In addition to being an actor and writer, you are a stand-up comedian. Since your comedy is character driven, how do you feel performing your one man show is similar to stand-up comedy and different? It's similar, because I can still be funny through my story telling. However, theatre is a different reaction because it's as if the audience is connecting to what's not being said, where with stand-up, you almost have to hit them over the head, because of all the other distractions that go on in the room at a comedy venue.

6. What was the best part about getting to perform in the blockbuster hit film Dreamgirls with your comedy idol Eddie Murphy? What did you learn from working with him? Eddie is the consummate professional, as well as so many of the other stars in the film. But, as far as my man Eddie, here is a guy who isn't known for his dancing, who took on a roll that could've gotten him chewed up by critics, but he was out there on that stage working his ass off, all while going thru a big divorce. The focus that he brought to work everyday was infectious. I was actually sad to leave after the two weeks it took to shoot my scenes. I've always wished for the opportunity to tell my comedy idols a very personal thanks, for giving me so many wonderful examples of an alternative outlet for my passion to perform. Occasionally I still get the opportunity to spend time around Eddie, because we both are big fans of professional boxing. Unfortunately, he roots for the other guy all the time! LOL

7. What do you get from your film/television work that you do not get from your stage work? What I feel about the experience of film and television, is it's priceless. I mean the work is around forever! Especially with the advanced technology we have today, this interview will be available in some library forever, and people will be able to share the experience of my thoughts at this very moment, that's monumental.

8. What's the best advice you've ever received? Long ago when I toured, and opened for George Benson, I learned the very important fundamentals of Show and Business. How necessary it was to try to give the audience more than what they might expect. I realized with stars - it had to be bigger, the performance had to be virtual fireworks. Because that's what professionalism is, it walks thru the door and takes command from that moment on, until it decides to leave. But most importantly, I must never forget the business! Because, we've all been witness to too many examples of those who didn't have the knowledge or the right amount of experience to handle the business. At the end of the day, this entertainment business will bless you beyond anything you can imagine, but there will be nothing there at the end, if you don't know the business.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a comedian, actor, and writer? I don't tend to share this, but...I've learned thru the course of my career that my personal fears tend to get conquered more thru my acting, stand-up and writing. Because, I can play the character that I've always admired. Be the jackass or the hero through my art. But, the Ralph that walks around on a daly basis, prefers to be virtually invisible.

10. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? My superpower would be to fly. Because, at this stage in the business I've made friends in places I'd only imagined existed. And I'd love to see them every single day if I could, but we all know that airfare is nuts these days!


11. If you could be any Life Saver flavor, which one would you be? I'd be butterscotch, because even when all things in my life seem to go wrong, a butterscotch Life Saver, always makes me forget (if only for a moment) that nothing in the world is wrong.

12. How do you want to be remembered? As a person and artist, who wanted to do my fair share of humanitarian outreach, to affect positive change in other peoples' lives, as well, as an artist who deserved to have his name mentioned along with the names who audiences around the world deemed "Great at What They Did."

Ralph HarrisMore on Ralph:

Ralph Harris is one of today’s hottest comedic and acting talents and has appeared in film and TV, including the role as "Host" of the culinary competition My Momma Throws Down on the TVOne network. Making his feature film debut in Dreamgirls, Ralph kicks off the movie as the "Detroit MC" who helps Jamie Foxx hook up with the "Dreamettes," giving him the opportunity to work with so many talented actors, but most specifically the chance to work with his comedy idol, Eddie Murphy. Ralph continued his film career, immediately landing his second feature role in the film Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell & Wanda Sykes. Ralph’s jump to the big screen comes after years of successful television work, including appearances on Seinfeld, The Parent ‘Hood, Nick Freno, Living Single, In Living Color and featured spots on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Ralph is probably best known for his starring role in the ABC-TV sitcom On Our Own, which aired during the immensely popular TGIF block on Friday nights and which currently airs in syndication on TVOne. You can also catch Ralph on TV in airings of his two previously recorded Cable TV specials –Comedy Central Presents & the HBO Half-Hour Comedy Special, as well as the newly released, Clean Guys of Comedy. The Philadelphia native continues to tour the country and perform to sold-out audiences as a stand-up comedian, his first career. His comedy is character driven and is influenced by many of the greats, including Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy & the late Jonathan Winters.


J. Elaine Marcos: Flambe Dreams/Annie

NOH8, Photo Credit: Adam BouskaWhen J. Elaine Marcos takes the stage, laughter will ensue! Recently seen as the scene-stealing "Cynthia" in Broadway's "Priscilla Queen of the Desert," J. Elaine has left a very deep impression of what it means to be a great comedic actress! Her other Broadway credits include "A Chorus Line," "The Wedding Singer," "Sweet Charity," "Wonderful Town," "Flower Drum Song," and "Miss Saigon." J. Elaine has shined in such films and television series as "Morning Glory," "Farm Girl in New York," and "Every Little Step," "I Just Want My Pants Back," "Rescue Me," "30 Rock," "Royal Pains," and "Lipstick Jungle." Additionally, J. Elaine can be seen doing improv/stand up comedy if given at least 5 minutes and a mic.

This fall, J. Elaine will be starring in the Broadway revival of "Annie" as "Lily St. Regis" at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway, between 46th & 47th Street). Click here for tickets and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!


This summer, J. Elaine will be delighting New York Musical Theatre Festival audiences in Matthew Hardy's "Flambe Dreams" from July 9-14 at The 45th Street Theatre (354 West 45th Street). Click here for tickets and follow the show on Facebook and Twitter!

For more on J. Elaine be sure to visit and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? My mom put me into dance classes and that was pretty much it. I caught that "rush" from performing in my recitals and during summer musical theatre camp and it just felt like so much fun. I'm reminded about how lucky I am to do this for a living when I see kids talk about their school productions that only lasted  for two days and I can see that they just loved the experience and can't wait to do it again. It's a feeling of "AHHHH THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN, I need to do it again!!"

2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Judd Apatow, Christopher Guest, Steve Carrell, Ellen DeGeneres....Or maybe I just want to play with them and get paid.

3. This summer you will be in the NYMF show "Flambe Dreams." What attracted you this show? I heard one of the songs from the show that my character would sing, and it sounded like something I could really get to "play" with. I'll do almost anything for a laugh, that's my motto.

4. This fall you will be starring in the Broadway revival of "Annie." What excites you about being part of this iconic show? What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing this new revival? I'm very excited about doing a show that I've never done before. In addition to the fact that I never thought I would have a part in "Annie." When I heard it was coming I didn't think there was anything I could do in that show, but thankfully that's what agents and casting directors are there for! I am extremely excited to we working with Katie Finneran!! We had actually worked together very briefly on "Royal Pains" together in a very serious scene. This will definitely be a different experience. I just want audiences to have a good time at the theatre and to experience live theatre.

5. What do you identify most with about "Lily St. Regis"? Other than being a Saint?? Well, it's like playing Cynthia. Having that wild side and drive for what you want and doing whatever it takes is familiar to me.

6. You just finished up your run in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert." What did you enjoy most about playing "Cynthia"? I loved playing "Cynthia" so much, because she let me say and do things that I would never be able to really say as J. Elaine. It's like that other side of me that gets to act up and be wild, but it's ok and acceptable and....I get paid to act that way and people just laugh at it instead of being completely offended or insulted.

7. In addition to theatre, you have also starred in several films, television shows, and performed stand-up comedy/improv. What do you like about each genre of performance? With improv/stand up there is an immediate rush of absolute fear and terror that sometimes (not always) ends with laughter and that is the part I love. With television and film, its a different rush. It's the excitement of being able to later see the performance later (much much later). With live theatre it's just done and you kinda needed to be there, but with film/tv it's something that you can see over and over again. (not that I do that...that would hurt too much)

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? I have learned that I am Asian. Not that I didn't know that but it's funny growing up in my hometown, I never identified myself as a Filipino, just J. Elaine. Now I notice from casting sessions and learning your "type" and how people in the business perceive you. So I've learned to embrace uniqueness and feel proud to be a Filipino.

9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Just breathe and be in the moment.

10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Dream about anyone? I would say.....that guy I'm thinking of right now is who I dream about. That's as specific as I can get.


11. Favorite way to spend your day off? Bike riding with my man then enjoying wine at the end of the day in his arms. Cheezy I know, but you can't knock it until you've tried it. (not with my man.....get your own)

12. Favorite way to stay in shape? Bikram Yoga at my favorite studio Bikram Yoga East Harlem with amazing Broadway diva studio owner Stephanie Pope. Also biking and sticking to a raw food diet are also essential.

13. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? If I had a super power, it would be to make tropical fruits grown anywhere I wanted. Like my backyard in East Harlem.