Come Out Laughing was started by Jason Dudey in 2008 after he decided to launch a gay, gay-friendly, who-cares-who-you-are-or-who’s-in-your-bed, comedy show in Southern California. Because the regular monthly show in Long Beach at the world famous Laugh Factory has gained so much success and national acclaim, three of the regular headlining comedians decided to join forces to launch a national tour that will bring the country a show they have never seen before.
Jason Dudey, Dana Goldberg, and Ian Harvie are a comedic powerhouse. They represent some of the best gay, lesbian and transgendered comics on the circuit today. These three comedians have headlined clubs, theaters, festivals, Universities and colleges all over the country and abroad. They have been seen on LOGO, Comics Unleashed, and Wisecrack. Each comic brings his or her own style to the stage, but the cohesion and brilliance of the show plays off of each comedian’s strength and delivers an edu-taining slant on the LGBT community that will open your minds and your hearts and leave your sides hurting from laughter. Audience members gay and straight alike are raving about Come Out Laughing.
Jason has been touring the country and working the circuit for the last decade. Dudey, as he is affectionately called, has had the pleasure of opening for Susie Essman, Robert Schimmel, Sandra Bernhard, Jennifer Coolidge, Kathleen Madigan and many more.
He is known as the guy next door that just happens to be gay, “The Gay Next Door”, if you will.
The son of an army man turned insurance man and a barmaid turned legal secretary. Throw in a never-does-anything-wrong older sister and a huge sense of humor and you have Jason Dudey.
“It’s not about being gay, it’s just about being funny and being me” says Jason.
Raised by a wild pack of Jews, otherwise known as her mother and siblings, Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage. She sets the standard for smart comedy, and her timing and tongue-in-cheek edginess is why she continues to collect loyal fans in cities all over the world.
Goldberg’s quick wit and playful stage presence is spreading like wildfire! Voted one of the “top five funniest lesbians in America”, CURVE Magazine raves, “She’s smart, cute, and seriously funny!”
The Irish Post writes, “Dana’s sharp, insightful observations are concealed behind an easy-going chatty style. This makes her one of a handful of comics able to transfer their work across the Atlantic.”
Equal parts candor and deadpan humor, Ian’s distinctive matter-of-fact delivery and almost surreal anecdotes about the intricacies of his exceptional life are so full of humanity that they become universal. Ian’s observations about gender-specific societal codes, privilege, coming out twice, and learning new bathroom etiquette, will have you peeing your pants and wanting to check your neighbor’s pants to see what’s inside.
Ian is the world’s first FTM (female-to-male) transgender comic, put in context, make his anecdotes about his own phobia of public restrooms all the more side-splitting. Ian’s performance makes you think and wonder, but most importantly, it makes you laugh.