18th Annual Sonoma County Pride Comedy Night, the North Bay’s Largest Gay Pride Celebration,
stars award-winning comedian Marga Gomez
TWO SHOWS – 6:00 and 9:00pm!
Santa Rosa, CA (May 6, 2013) – Marga Gomez headlines the 18th Annual Sonoma County Pride Comedy Night: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Celebration! There will be TWO SHOWS (6:00 and 9:00pm) on Saturday, June 1 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. Special Guests are Justin Lucas and Regina Stoops. Sonoma County Pride Comedy Night is a co-production between Wells Fargo Center for the Arts and We Mean It! Productions.
Marga Gomez has been called “amazing” by none other than Robin Williams and “astounding” by lauded author Armistead Maupin. She is a GLAAD Award-winning comedian who has been featured on HBO, LOGO and Comedy Central. Gomez was named “Best Gay Comedian 2012” by the Bay Area Reporter and “Best Comedian 2012” by the SF Bay Guardian and SF Weekly. She has performed to acclaim in numerous comedy festivals including Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival, Hamburg’s L-Beach, San Francisco Sketchfest, Boston Women in Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Gomez is also the author/performer of nine solo plays, which have been produced nationally, internationally and Off Broadway. Her 2012 solo show, “Not Getting Any Younger,” received the San Francisco Chronicle’s highest rating. She claims to be “one of the first openly single lesbian comedians in America!”
A fresh new face on the San Francisco Bay Area comedy scene, Justin Lucas has already left both mainstream and LGBT audiences laughing in the aisles. Justin does astounding impersonations and original characters. He has opened for Bobby Lee from MadTV and fellow Filipino–American comedian, Rex Navarrete. He has been a top finalist in comedy competitions, including the 2011 Battle of the Bay Comedy Competition, 2012 Rooster T. Feather’s Comedy Competition, and the 2012 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. Recently, he was in the semi-finals for this year’s 37th annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He’s known for his absurd rendition of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, as well as pretending to be a woman having phone sex (kind of) with a man that is indescribably hilarious, as he plays both characters.
Regina Stoops was born and raised in a town called Normal though her humor is anything but. Regina has her own unique perspective on what most might consider the mundane details of ordinary life; raising children, being married (or not), aging parents, health care, special education, mini-van motoring and the grocery store. A regular performer in the Bay Area for years, Regina was a lesbian stay-at home mom (with three sons!) in the world of suburban soccer moms and is now thrilled to be back on stage to perform for an audience that is potty trained.
Two shows, at 6:00 and 9:00pm, will be presented in the Lytton Rancheria Grand Lobby at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa. All seats are reserved, with cocktail tables (4 seats per table, $45 per seat) and standard seating ($35 per seat). Tickets are available at wellsfargocenterarts.org, by calling (707) 546-3600, or in person at the ticket office.
Premier Sponsor of Pride Comedy Night is Fountaingrove Lodge. Supporting Sponsors are Jason N. Glazier of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and Law Office of Naomi Metz. Sponsor is Media Tweakers, Social Media Management for Small Business.
When: Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 6:00pm and 9:00pm
Where: Lytton Rancheria Grand Lobby at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
Tickets: Tickets: $35 – $45
Online at wellsfargocenterarts.org, by phone at 707-546-3600, or in person at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.
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About Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
A community-owned 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts is home to world-class performances, nationally recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular events. The Arts Center is located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country and ranked among California’s top performing arts presenters. Together with its resident companies, the Center presents more than 100 performances in music, dance, theater, renowned speakers, and comedy; provides education programs serving 30,000 children and adults; and hosts more than 1,000 community events a year. Owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, the Center relies on charitable community donations to achieve its mission – to enrich, educate, and entertain. http://wellsfargocenterarts.org
About We Mean It! Productions
We Mean It! Productions has presented LGBT comedy in Sonoma County since 1995 to more than 10,000 laughing audience members. Co-founders Ellen Maremont Silver and Robyn Bramhall have searched for talent from Los Angeles and San Francisco to the East coast in order to find the most talented queer comedians to bring to the North Bay. We Mean It! prides itself (yes, pun intended) on presenting comedians who are funny, smart, and uniquely qualified to skewer, with great humor, narrow-minded thinking. We Mean It! shows have always been held at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. http://wemeanit.net
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