Come Out for Comedy


Arcade Comedy Theater Wants Audiences to “Come Out” for Comedy

LGBTQ-specific comedy programming to align with National Coming Out Day

Pittsburgh, PA— Glinda the Good Witch once said, “Come out, come out, wherever you are,” so on October 11 at 8pm, you can come out laughing as Arcade Comedy Theater celebrates National Coming Out Day with an impressive line-up of LGBTQ performers excited to share unique perspectives and humorous talents. Performers for the night include Chrissy Costa, Abby Denton, Brian Edward, Ian Insect, Stacy Keene, Christine Marie, John Pridmore, and Carl Schimmel. The show is $10, with a $5 student rush; tickets are available at the door and online at As always, the theater offers an affordable BYOB option to complete the comedy-audience experience.

National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed, civil awareness day celebrating individuals who publicly identify as bisexualgay, lesbiantransgender. “Coming out,” regarding one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, has become akin to a cultural rite of passage for LGBTQ people. Since 1988, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies observe the day annually on October 11.

Arcade Comedy Theater is thrilled to be part of this annual rite of passage, proud to support the LGBTQ community whose members happen to be a strong component of its comedy community. The Arcade, located in the heart of downtown’s Cultural District and quickly becoming a significant player in the Pittsburgh arts scene, welcomes comedians and artists of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Leading the event is Pittsburgh stand-up comedian and proud member of the gay community Mike Buzzelli, who has helped produce the Arcade’s Game Nite series as well as the theater’s extremely successful Pride Week. Buzzelli adds, “I’m excited to bring emerging LGBTQ voices and old favorites back to the Arcade.” Whoever you are, wherever you are, Arcade Comedy Theater welcomes you to “come out” and laugh.

“Coming Out for Comedy” to include the following performers:

Chrissy Costa is a freelance writer and standup comedian. Trained at Chicago’s Second City, now residing in Pittsburgh, she has written for Cue Magazine, Pittsburgh’s former LGBTQ publication.

Abby Denton is a standup comedian; she was the third place winner of “Pittsburgh’s Last Comic Standing.”

Brian Edward is the creator of the musical comedy “Amish Burlesque” and host of ‘Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh’s cultural talk magazine.

Ian Insect is a wild performance artist and host of the web series “Lobster Lobby.”

Stacy Keene a renowned Pittsburgh storyteller and can be seen every second Tuesday at the Rex theatre for the Moth StorySlams. She is also the host of True Story parties around Pittsburgh.

Christine Marie is a performance artist and filmmaker who recently directed and starred in “Bottom of My Heart,” a short film extolling the virtues of the CORE donor program.

John Pridmore is a stand-up comedian and the co-host of Tuesday Night Open Mic at the Smiling Moose.

Carl Schimmel  is a standup comedian who was recently featured in Comedy Central’s “Up Next.” Schimmel was selected as a finalist for “Gilda’s Great Comic Search” and placed 2nd in “Pittsburgh’s Last Comic Standing.”

WHO: Arcade Comedy Theater (variety of LGBTQ Pittsburgh comedians—see above)

WHAT: Coming Out for Comedy – LGBTQ comedians celebrate National Coming Out Day

WHERE: Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue (downtown Pittsburgh)

WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2013; 8:00pm

TO PURCHASE: Tickets are $10, with $5 student rush; available at the door and online at


Mike Buzzelli
(412) 337-5882

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