“Broadway made me gay,” says comedian Kevin Meaney (At Colonial’s Laugh Lounge May 11)

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Comedian and actor Kevin Meaney had known since he was a teen that he was gay, but like so many in that era, had been afraid he might be shunned or worse if he came out. As reported by Nick A. Zaino III in the Boston Globe, it was in the ’80s, that Meaney felt he might finally be ready, but then the AIDS crisis hit. It wasn’t until he got to Broadway in 2002 that he started to feel safe.

“That turned me around,” he says. “I got a job doing the gayest musical of all time, Hairspray, and everybody in the cast and everybody in the crew and everybody in the audience, they were all gay. So it just gave me the courage. People say, ‘Does Broadway make you gay?’ Yes, it does. OK? It does. Even going to see a show, you can become gay. So you’ve got to be careful.”

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced that it plans to present the comedian as part of BTG’s Laugh Lounge Series, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 8pm. As with most comedians, Meaney often incorporates his personal story and experiences into his stand up act.

Tickets to the Kevin Meaney are $12 in advance, $15 the day of at the door. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Kevin Meaney has been one of the country’s most popular standup comedians for more than 25 years. Tom Shales of the Washington Post said, “Picture the precocious love child of Jonathan Winters and Ethel Merman and you have some idea of Kevin Meaney’s act.” Visit his website at www.kevinmeaney.com

Making people laugh has always been a top priority for Kevin. From his early years doing standup comedy in San Francisco and Boston he’s amassed an impressive list of credits along the way. His first HBO special in 1986 catapulted him to the forefront of the comedy scene. In 1987, Kevin made his debut appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was invited by Johnny to join the guest panel. Since his first appearance, Kevin returned to the show more than a dozen times. He was a special guest on Saturday Night Live and has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Regis, Oprah and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Kevin also starred in the CBS sitcom Uncle Buck which ran for a full season. In addition, he has done numerous guest appearances on both sitcoms and dramas. He also had a featured role in the movie Big.

Kevin is also a successful writer and producer. He wrote, produced and starred in a one-man autobiographical play titled Wedding Vows in Vegas which premiered at the prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado before going on to a successful summer run in Boston at the Hasty Pudding Theatre. Steve Martin called it, “The most innovative, heart-rending and funny show I’ve seen in a long, long time.”

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