Stand-up comic Stephen K. Davis brings his touching humor to the SaraSolo Festival Feb 4th, 9:30 p.m. at the Starlite Room.
Stephen, originally from a small, conservative town outside of Columbia, South Carolina, courageously came out at a young age. Yet, his classmates and neighbors weren’t accepting as his parents. The Davis family determined that someone poisoned Stephen’s dog; a hate crime that truly hurt the family. After the pet suffered paralysis from the neck down, the veterinarian suggested the best the dog be euthanized. The family reluctantly agreed.
When Stephen and his parents returned home from the veterinarian after putting the beloved pet down, bullies drove by as Stephen stood sadly in the driveway.
“They screamed ‘FAGGOT!’ and all kinds of other things,” Stephen recalled recently.
It was those kind of experiences that shaped his performance for the 2017 SaraSolo performance. Stephen has learned humor often comes from hurt. And it shapes who you are today.
Stephen will be making a special appearance at Elevate, Friday, Feb. 1., where he’ll give the crowd a sample of his one-man show, THE BIRTH OF HUMOR.
SaraSolo organizers describe his show as “a brave stand-up comedy act juxtaposed with a collection of real life events of a gay boy growing up in the Deep South who becomes an actor in New York. The truth of his life stories informs his humor and the laughter makes everything possible.”
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE
By: John Secor
People in the Sarasota area looking for LGBT-friendly resources now have a one-stop shop for their needs thanks to Sarasota OUT, Sarasota’s new LGBT directory of events and businesses. “I think Sarasota OUT could be the driving force to help make the LGBT community come together,” Sarasota OUT manager Josh Beadle says.
Beadle says he and Al Ferguson, owner of ALandCHUCK.travel, have discussed the issue of unification within the Sarasota LGBTQ community. Beadle says he and Ferguson noticed that several LGBT organizations were going in separate directions and no one was coming together to support each other.
“I wanted to give us the one place to go to see what’s going on in Sarasota,” Beadle says. “And Al (Ferguson) lit the candle under my ass to do that.”
The holidays are a time of reflection and to give thanks so we wanted to see what some of our community leaders had to say!
By: Joshua Beadle, Editor and Chief of SarasotaOUT.com