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“Fag Life” Comedy Show Coming to Artisphere

by ARLnow.com November 4, 2010 at 11:34 am 2,836 7 Comments

How do you deal with a homophobe like Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church. How do you cope with the raw hatred of someone whose minions hold signs that say “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”?

For one 25-year-old New Yorker, the solution is comedy.

Brent Sullivan will be bringing his unique one-man comedy show, Brent Sullivan’s Fag Life: A Conversation with Fred Phelps, to Artisphere this weekend.

The show is described as an “innovative approach to revealing bigotry and hatred in America by having a discussion with a fanatic.”

“The show is a celebration of gay culture, while very critical of certain aspects of the LGBT community that are outdated, stereotypical and offensive,” a press release says. Sullivan’s comedy is “a straight friendly approach to being gay… without the stereotypical attitude that plagues most gay comedians.”

Though Sullivan is alone on stage, he’s joined in spirit by Phelps, whose whose zany sound bites are played intermittently for comedic effect and as a way to introduce new topics of conversation for Sullivan. (See a video clip here)

The show will be performed at the Dome theater at Artisphere at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20.

  • Novanglus

    So my wife and I have been teaching our kids that the “F” word (the one in the title of this show) is as bad as the “N” word, and it shouldn’t be used under any circumstances. Is that incorrect? Assuming the Artisphere wouldn’t advertise a show titled “The N—-r Life”, what makes this different?

    I ask for information, not as a complaint.

  • PikeHoo

    “How do you deal with a homophobe like Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.”

    Personally, I think a better solution is to ignore those nuts and shun them back into their caves. All they want is attention. I’m not sure that spending $20 to watch some dude highlight what is already absurd is really worth it.

  • Runaway Train

    I think that it’s great that you’re teaching your kids that the F word is a bad word. I am gay and find the word to be hateful and distasteful in any context, but your going to get different answers depending on who you ask. We haven’t reached that point collectively as a society where the F word invokes the same response that the N word does.

    When someone uses the F word or the N word, it lowers him or her to the lowest common denominator. When I hear either word, my immediate thought is that the person using the word is uneducated.

    It’s difficult to be a comedian without offending someone, it comes with the territory. I think his act is a greater counter to “raw hatred”.

    • TGEoA

      There is a difference in calling someone a fag when it is meant as a slur vs the standard schoolyard taunt. Now jump off those monkey bars.

      • PikeHoo

        And you look like complete trash if you use either version.

  • charlie

    I agree with you and found this Title to be offensive.
    I do struggle with the “take back” movement — take back the night (women’s safety and rape); take back the word (F–word and the N-word).
    Keep teaching your kids what you believe. Explain to them that some people view it differently.
    Thanks for teaching your kids right.

  • James

    Everyone here is missing the point that this man is making. I’m not disagreeing with the fact that the word “fag” disrespectful. However, this man is clearly using the word “fag” as a marketing/realization tool. The Phelps’ need to realize (and they won’t) that they are crazy and I myself am proud of this man standing up and protesting these people in his own pacifistic manner.
    Stop getting hung up on the word “fag”. You should be bigger than that. Look at the real point here and stop being so goddamned sensitive.


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