Out lesbian Judy Gold has a long history as a successful stand-up comedian, and that’s exactly what she’s doing at her current run at Feinstein’s / 54 Below (one hilarious cabaret-mocking musical number to the side). Her material is largely observational and personal, and so there is some overlap with what I’ve seen in more structured shows of hers like 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (a self-explanatory title) or The Judy Show (a sitcom-themed show about being a lesbian mother).
The audience was raucous on the night I went, her first night ever performing in a cabaret setting, and Gold seemed to be having the time of her life. This is both an ideal audience for Gold, and by the same token, this is probably the best way to experience her no-holds-barred stand-up.
About that opening number: it’s by Bette Midler favorites Eric Kornfeld (lyrics, though Gold said she wrote a lot of it) and Bette Sussman (music). It’s a medley of too-damn-happy songs which culminates in “Up Up & Away” – it celebrates the joyous fun that’s a major part of cabaret, while progressively undercutting that with the deep cynicism that’s one of the big attractions of Gold’s biting humor.
Before and after everything else, however, Gold is among the funniest stand up comedians working today, and she’s at her best when she’s scoring bulls-eyes with piercing observations. I’ll just put this plainly: Judy Gold is fucking hilarious, and can also be very touching. Her act at Feinstein’s / 54 Below is tons of fun and I can’t recommend it enough, you really should see it.
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President Obama’s June 26 tweet in support of the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage nationwide was the No. 1 politics and government tweet of the year.
The full text of the tweet was:”Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins”
Full story at Politico.
…but it did have majority support. An Assembly vote in favor of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland had that majority for the first time on Monday – but it still did not go through, due to a quirk of Northern Irish politics in which a “community” can file a “petition of concern” that requires a higher standard of support than a simple majority (like most things in Northern Ireland, it’s complicated). Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Programme Director, said “the abuse of the petition of concern, to hold back rather than uphold the rights of a minority group, means that Stormont has once again failed to keep pace with equality legislation elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. The battle for equality in Northern Ireland will now move to the courts, where same-sex couples have been forced to go to secure their rights as equal citizens in this country.”
Full story at The Belfast Telegraph.
Northern Irish couples Jayne Robinson and Laura McKee and Michael McCartan and Malachai O’Hara plan to invite Assembly members to their weddings, if they vote to legalize them.
O’Hara says “Michael and I are ready and waiting to be a married couple. We shouldn’t really have to ask the permission of 108 politicians at Stormont to do so. But we will be at the Assembly for the vote, because we want politicians to understand that their decisions affect real people’s lives – ours. When the law changes – and it will sooner or later – Michael and I will get married and all the politicians who vote to make it happen will be welcome at the ceremony. Or at least for the disco after the meal.”
Full story at The Belfast Telegraph.
For the first time, a majority of Americans (56 percent), say they expect government officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even over religious objections, an Associated Press-GfK poll has found. One woman who ideologically opposes gay marriage reflected this shift when she said: “If the government says you have to give out those marriage licenses, and you get paid to do it, you do it. [Kim Davis] should be out of a job.”
Full story at WSOC.