Laugh OUT Loud
Thursday, Feb. 10
A wall-to-wall crowd of gay/lesbian/bi comedy fans, plus more than a few straight supporters, packed Talbott Street Feb. 10 for Indy Pride's Laugh OUT Loud comedy benefit. Hurrican Summers, Robbie Bartlett, Bernie Lubbers, and Miss Richfield 1981 take their bows at the Laugh OUT Loud event at Talbott Street.
Hurricane Summers opened with mostly dirty limericks and encounters with straight men gone hilariously awry. Sometimes her Marge Schott-esque growl (don't blame me, Bernie Lubbers came up with the comparison) made her a bit difficult to understand, but oddly enough she became more coherent the more shot glasses she downed from a seemingly endless supply.
And then there's the show's headliner, outrageously over-the-top trailer trash queen Miss Richfield 1981, accessorized out the eyeballs and with hair that defies description, not to mention gravity. Classic song-and-dance vaudeville, now with one hundred percent more gay and tackiness. She zipped around from subject to subject and theme to theme, with her high point a scalding critique of Laura Bush' fashion sense.
But it was Bernie Lubbers who was the show's secret weapon. Despite being from Louisville, he had a ready arsenal of missiles aimed at Indianapolis itself. "So what's up with the Circle, anyway? Is it two lanes, is it three lanes, is it a fuckin' parking lot, what?" Of course, he had no shortage of gay-themed material, especially some shots at the mysterious signs and symbols that pervade the BDSM community, which after eight years out there I still can't decipher myself.
He also brought in a musical element with surprise guest Robbie Bartlett, who delivered breathtaking jazz and R & B in the best torch-singer tradition, especially a heartbreaking duet of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."