Prizm News / August 22, 2018 / By Bridget Sarpong
Cleveland’s Dwayne Duke (top) and Columbus’ Brooke Cartus (above) are two of the comics performing over the next five days as part of the Midwest Queer Comedy Festival. 

More than five dozen comics will perform 16 shows at eight different venues during the five-day festival. 

 

By Bridget Sarpong

Get ready to laugh! The five-day Midwest Queer Comedy Festival opens tonight in Columbus and will feature 61 comedians performing at eight different venues across the city.

 

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Check out bits from all seven queer comics from Ohio who on the bill, and click here for all the details of the shows planned for tonight through Sunday.

Full access passes are $60. Daily passes are $20-$30. You can buy tickets here. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Equitas Health.

 

Dwayne Duke
Cleveland
“I went (to a strip club) with a group of my friends after graduation for a guys’ weekend… you know, where you all wear matching sarongs and you write your names in the sand.”

Duke will perform on Friday, Aug. 24 as part of “dirty.sexy.funny: The ‘O’ in Ohio,” 10 p.m.-midnight at The Tree Bar, 887 Chambers Road, Columbus, 43212.

He’s also part of the lineup on Saturday, Aug. 25 for “Strip Joker,”
10 p.m.-midnight at The Tree Bar.

 

Brooke Cartus
Columbus
“It’s so much easier as a queer person dating. I like chicks. You know what I have to do? I have to go into a lesbian bar—they’re closing down, so THE lesbian bar. … First I cut my sleeves off so they know I’m one of them. That’s actually the origin of scissoring…”

Cartus will perform on Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St., Columbus, 43201.

 

Angie Healey
Youngstown, Columbus
“I don’t like Wonder Woman. I don’t think she’s wonderful. Who created her? A dude. … Her sassy bangles? That’s what she deflects with? The lasso of truth? That’s so wimpy.”

Healey will perform tonight in the Opening Night Showcase, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Bossy Grrl’s Pin-Up Joint, 2598 N. High St., Columbus, OH, 43202.

She’s part of the lineup on Thursday, Aug. 23 for headliner Ian Aber, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. at Kafe Kerouac.

She’ll perform on Saturday, Aug. 25 in “Queer History Live,” 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at Slammers, 202 E. Long St., Columbus, 43215.

She’ll perform on Saturday, Aug. 25 as part of Strip Joker, 10 p.m.-midnight at The Tree Bar.

 

Wonder Doug
Columbus
“When I was drinking I don’t know if I ever hit my bottom, but I do know I threw a beer bottle at his car one time.”

Wonder Doug will perform tonight in the Opening Night Showcase, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Bossy Grrl’s Pin-Up Joint.

 

Pat Deering
Columbus
“I get awkward telling my coworkers (I’m gay) … because it is a giant insurance company. We all know the horrible stuff that happens because of gay sex. You’ve heard the right wing. You’ve heard Pat Robertson. Floods, hailstorms, fire raining down from the heavens, locusts eating your crops. … There is no way you’re going in Monday morning head held high knowing you’re the one who blow-jobbed up the last hurricane.”

Deering will perform Friday, Aug. 24 as part of Comedy Bingo, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at Slammers.

 

Bianca Moore
Columbus
“Flirting, I’m not really good at it. When little girls were learning manipulation, I was playing Crash Bandicoot and setting things on fire.”

Moore will perform tonight in the Opening Night Showcase, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Bossy Grrl’s Pin-Up Joint.

 

Matt Loxley
Beavercreek, Columbus
“Grindr is kind of like the Craigslist free section for gay men, but instead of getting an old coffee table from the ’90s you get syphilis.”

Healey will perform tonight in the Opening Night Showcase, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Bossy Grrl’s Pin-Up Joint.

Full access passes are $60. Daily passes are $20-$30. You can buy tickets here.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit Equitas Health.