Hear Ye! Queer Ye! The Queer Queens of Qomedy are making a return visit to Baltimore this month. Returning by popular demand to Magooby’s Joke House on Sunday, March 22nd at 5 pm, this high octane, high caliber show returns with a lesbian triple threat. The always delightfully hilarious Poppy Champlin will be joined by Louisiana-native Jen Kober, and Washington, DC / Silver Spring-native Paris Sashay. These humorous comediennes recently chatted with Baltimore OUTloud about their upcoming performance.
Frankie Kujawa: What can audiences expect from this performance of Queer Queens of Qomedy?
Jen Kober: Expect big laughs! These comedians are high-energy hilarious, and crowds have really responded. Our last two shows were sold out!
Paris Sashay: Audiences can expect a great live performance. As I would like to call it, “My honest ignorance”! It’s going to be a great show and they can also expect a personal connection with the meet-and-greet, too.
FK: What do you enjoy most about performing live with audiences?
JK: I do a lot of TV work, which I love, but my real love is for live performances. I love the immediate reaction from people. I love being able to mold my set to what the audience needs and responds to. It’s dangerous up there on that stage, and I love walking that tightrope and knowing there’s no safety net to catch me. Performing is exhilarating and exciting for me every time.
PS: Spreading my gift of laughter with strangers is what I enjoy most about performing. I tell real stories that the audience can relate to, whether personally or just following me through the story.
FK: How did you get into stand-up?
JK: I started in stand-up when I was only 16. It’s all I know how to do really! I have logged so many hours on stage over the years, and honed my skills to such a level that I’ve been able to play at top venues all over the world. I have the best job!
PS: Growing up I was always the class clown and the funny child, but I never imagined telling jokes in front of strangers let alone talking in front of large groups of people. I had a very interesting upbringing, so majority of my jokes come from an honest place, combined with a story. Prior to comedy I went to college for two years and, while being there, I realized it wasn’t for me. Returning home, I felt defeated and unaccomplished, and I wasn’t sure what I would do next. A few months later, at a hotel party, I had everyone laughing all night. That may have been my first unofficial performance. But stepping on stage for me started as a recommendation from my close friends and family members. My first time taking the stage was seven years ago. The first time I performed I felt a feeling I never felt – something like a special type of love from hearing the audience laugh, and that’s how I knew this was my gift. Ever since then I never quit. I just kept performing and staying consistent.
For more info on the Queer Queens of Qomedy, visit Magoobysjokehouse.com.
- Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.