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Comedy Night

A club in Scottsdale is planning a gay comedy night.

By Megan Wadding

Ray Howard

Ray Howard

Local comics to get time on stage during gay comedy night

Gay comics will be in the spotlight when a Scottsdale comedy club re-establishes its practice of hosting a gay comedy night.

The Original Gay Comedy Night will be May 31 at the Comedy Spot Comedy Club.

"I wanted to open the club to all audiences and the gay community has long been ignored," said Sean Dillin, owner of The Comedy Club for the past decade. "They have proven to be some of the nicest, enthusiastic and fun audiences to perform in front of."

Dillin said he created the event after he asked the four or five gay comics on the Comedy Spot's roster if they would want to be a part of a gay comedy night and if the gay community would support the show.

Michael Weakley

Michael Weakley

The show will be headlined by Brian Bradley, who is known for combining acting, stand-up comedy and improvisation in his shows. He has appeared in sitcoms and films and has been a member of the Comedy Store Players in Los Angeles and Disney's Comedy Warehouse in Orlando.

Local comics performing will be Ray Howard, Gene Moore, Micheal Weakley and others.

"It's comics from around town who are getting their names out there," said Howard, who helped plan the event. He and the other performing are also promoting the show.

Howard cited Earthquake, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and his grandma among his comedic inspirations.

The event will be his fourth professional show ever and first gay comedy show. Originally from Michigan, he's lived in Phoenix for about five years.

Weakley, who's known in the community as deputy director of the one n ten youth services agency, said he started doing stand-up about three months ago when he performed during an amateur night at the Comedy Spot. But his experience includes getting up on stage at Phoenix Pride and Flagstaff Pride.

"Doing stand-up has been on my bucket list for years," Weakley said.

He said he draws jokes from life experiences and growing up in the south, as well as his grandmother "who gives me much to work with on a daily basis." "I am not your typical stand up as I don't turn to crude or offensive humor but keep it fun and witty," Weakley said

Dillin said that the Comedy Spot hosted gay comedy nights in 2005 and 2006.

If there's a demand, Dillin said he anticipates hosting the gay comedy nights regularly.    -E

VITAL STATISTICS

The Original Gay Comedy Night
7 p.m. May 31
The Comedy Spot Comedy Club
7117 E. Third Ave., Scottsdale
Tickets: $12
www.thecomedyspot.net