Line up: Erin Foley, Cameron Esposito, Brad Loekle, Jason Stuart, Celia, Pacquola, Poppy Champlin
Erin Foley presents Gays R Us, featuring the best gay, gay friendly, questioning, curious, funniest comics available that night. Now in it's third year at the Improv, Gays R Us continues to pack the house on the first Wednesday of each month.
Erin Foley: Erin Foley, a recent transplant to Los Angeles, spent years in New York City’s comedy clubs mastering the art of stand-up comedy while successfully pursuing her acting career. In New York and Los Angeles, Erin can be regularly seen at Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline's on Broadway, The Improv, The Laugh Factory and Stand Up New York. She has performed at the Just for Laughs/TBS Comedy Festival in Chicago and the Marshall’s Women in Comedy Festival. Foley has had the honor of being selected to perform at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival three times. Not only has Erin had a successful career in comedy, but she also succeeds on the small screen with several national television commercial campaigns.
At the present time, Erin is filming a comedy pilot for E! Entertainment. She recently shot her own half hour comedy special for Comedy Central and has taped Chelsea Lately and The Kilborn File on FOX. Simultaneously, Erin has enjoyed success in the field of acting. She can be seen in the short films “Cried Suicide” and “Squeezplay”, as well as a pilot for MTV called, “This is Ray.” Her favorite role to date was in Cameron Crowe’s film “Almost Famous”. Erin played the role of Allison, the fact checker. Erin has branded a unique position for herself in the industry as not only a gifted stand-up but a talented actress. Her versatility makes her one of the most sought- after women working the comedy scene today.
Poppy Champlin: Poppy Champlin has a reputation of being so quick-witted that some have called here “A freakin’ ball of comedic Thunder!” She’s also been called “innocently raunchy” and can turn any crowd interaction into fertile comedic fodder with her sharp-shooting skills as a seasoned improviser. You can see Poppy on her own Showtime special and she’s appeared on HBO, Comedy.TV and LOGO’s One Night Stand-Up.
Jason Stuart: JASON STUART
When you think one of the most prolific character actors, who’s also an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian, one name comes to mind…. Jason Stuart. Stuart has been making people laugh out loud with his hysterical performances all over the country since coming out in 1993. He has accomplished what few other gay comics have ever achieved: brutal honesty with humor in a world that’s not always kind. Not only is Stuart an all-out crowd pleaser, but he transcends the boundaries of race, gender and sexual orientation with his edgy comedic style. Stuart’s material about his experiences as a single Jewish gay man living in Hollywood is original, cutting edge and just plain funny.
Stuart has performed at all of the top comedy clubs & comedy festivals and hundreds
of gay events & prides, colleges & universities, and even on Broadway. Since Stuart makes such a strong connection with his audience, he is in high demand by corporate programs with his lecture, Coming Out In Hollywood, on being openly gay in the workplace. Most recently, he appeared in Logo’s new show, One Night Stand-Up.
Although his semi-celebrity came via stand-up, Stuart is also well-known for his work as an actor playing gay & straight roles on over forty popular television shows. Stuart has wowed audiences on the TV screen with guest roles in hits such shows as The Closer, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Everybody Hates Chris, House, M.D., Will & Grace, George Lopez, and Charmed to name a few. He is best known playing “Dr. Thomas”, the gay family therapist on My Wife and Kids.
As a character actor, filmmakers say his talent is a cross between the depth of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the comedy timing of John Ritter and the quirkiness of Steve Buscemi. He has worked with heavy hitters George Clooney, Faye Dunaway, Angelina Jolie, Damon Wayans, Drew Carey, George Lopez, David Spade and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stuart was featured in the comedy hit A Day Without a Mexican and the HBO award winning drama Gia. Among the big studio pictures he appeared in, Kindergarten Cop and Vegas Vacation are favorites among TV fans.
Stuart has become a major player in the independent film world after being nominated for a Gay International Film Award for best supporting actor in Coffee Date. Proving that he is more than just an actor and comedian, Stuart also produced and starred in his own totally improvised independent film 10 Attitudes. This award winning romantic comedy proved to be a huge success both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to that, he just completed the remake of Edgar Allan Poe’s horror film, The Pit & the Pendulum where he plays the villain “Father Divay”, Coming up he will be seen in the films BEAR CITY 2: THE PROPOSAL playing a "Hollywood wanna-be-producer" starring Kathy Najimy & Gerald McCullough, K11 as a rough "Prison Trustee", starring Goran Visnjic & D.B. Sweeney and a major supporting role in as the manager of a golf company in THE GUEST HOUSE with Daniel Baldwin & AMERICAN BISTRO.
Stuart uses his talents as an openly gay actor and comedian to support the community by performing at countless benefits for issues from AIDS to the homeless. He is the Chairman of the first ever Screen Actors Guild LGBT Committee, and also chairs the comedy shows for Lifeworks Mentoring Program.
Stuart released his stand-up comedy CD, Jason Stuart: Gay Comedy Without A Dress with great success. In addition to that, his stand-up comedy special, Jason Stuart: Making It To The Middle for Here! TV. His groundbreaking stand up comedy and his versatility as an actor make his career an amazing ride.
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Brad Loekle: Brad Loekle has hit the scene in recent years as one of the freshest and wildest gay comedians in America.
He can currently be seen weekly on TruTv's original series World's Dumbest. This "Best Week Ever" style show features celebrities and comedians giving their take on some of the most outrageous criminal video footage there is. Mr. Loekle is enjoying three years of success with TruTV looks forward to many more years to come.
Brad's voice is recognizable to Sirius-XM subscribers from his 3 year stint as a weekly guest co-host on Sirius XM Radio's Morning Jold (7-11am/Ch.109). As america's premier GLBT radio station, Sirius OutQ reaches millions of listeners every day across the nation of the world.
For those more inclined to the written word, Brad is a columnist for the Key West Gay Rag, a monthly publication exclusively for the queer community on Key West, Florida. Hid op-ed pieces speak on everything from political issues facing the gay community to his sexual escapades as he traverses the country. When he's not writing about himself, he opens his arms and his heart to the readers of The Rad in his "Ask Nana" column. Here he channels his inner "Mame" and gives no holds barred advice from the point of view of his alter ego "Nana", a 70-something year old Jewish fruit fly, living in Southern Florida.