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Will the Gay Comedians Please Stand Up?

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April 12, 2012
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During his act, comedian James Adomian sometimes breaks from his deep voice while delivering his jokes. Slipping into an effeminate affectation, he shouts, “Where’s my gays at?!” Coming from Adomian, whose fratboy appearance complements his aggressive brand of comedy—it includes political impressions ranging from George W. Bush to Jesse “The Body” Ventura—the transition is off-putting. That is, until he reveals he’s gay. “I fuck men,” he says later in the act, “and sometimes they fuck me.”

“There certainly is what you would call, ‘gay comedy,’ but I don’t know if that’s what I do,” Adomian later explains. “If I’m doing stand-up as myself, which is my main focus at a show, I generally try to say something about being a man who dates men. There certainly are people who hide who they are, but I don’t have to hide who I am, and I don’t think most people do. [The comedic world] is certainly getting better in that sense.”