The best way to end a week of heartwrenching emotions: by clutching your sides and roaring with laughter. The closing act of the National Coming Out Week extravaganza was the Big Gay Sketch by LOGO”S Julie Goldman and Jonny McGovern last Friday night.
McGovern opened the event with his characteristic high energy and a refreshing, even raunchy, openness with his sexuality. McGovern was adamant in his desire to take back the power of the word “faggot” and gave his advise to laugh off insults with the word. He gave his version of the origin of the rainbow flag, involving a coked out orgy and the hanky code. And if you ever wanted to know the difference between a Faghag and a “Fagette”, he”s the man to ask. Along with his comedic skills, McGovern showcased his musical talents. Performances included rainbowfied versions R. Kelly ballads, about everything from the aforementioned Faghag to his admiration for the Golden Girls.
As the last performer of the evening, Julie Goldman thrilled the crowds with a combination of in-your-face pushy cockiness and adorkable awkwardness. Goldman gave a performance as just about every color on the flag, all with an acid wit and satire. Goldman described her move to California, satirizing the pretentious stereotypes of both New York City and the Bay Area. Her LGBT themed bits included the statement she makes with her Jeep Wrangler and her experiences in mocking women who believe her a man in public restrooms. In a vivid description of a Lesbo Wedding, Goldman expressed her displeasure with open breasts, birthing and looking at her own vagina in a mirror. Goldman added in an ethnic twist to her comic cocktail by parodying her very Jewish family.
During the performances, the audience voiced its delight with applause, snaps and howls of laughter. Even during the most uncomfortable moments of shock, McGovern enthused the audience and never wasted a moment. Due to both the girl power in the crowd and the mastery of her routine, Goldman stole the show. Whoever said lesbians can”t tell a joke obviously did not her the roaring applause that filled the auditorium.