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Guest host Jes Tom.
Jes Tom (they/them) is a New York based actor, writer, and weird queer stand up comic, gleefully providing the nonbinary queer Asian American radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted. As a comic, Jes has shared stages with Awkwafina, Kate Bornstein, Aparna Nancherla, and Rosie O’Donnell. As an actor, they appeared in the Amazon short film “Soojung Dreams of Fiji” (AAIFF “Audience Award”) and played the lead in “Anatomy of an Orchid” dir. Sonja O’Hara (Independent Magazine’s “10 Filmmakers to Watch”). Their writing has been published by Reductress, By Shondaland, and Condé Nast’s Them. In collaboration with fellow comedian Chewy May, Jes Tom wrote, co-directed, and starred in the viral video Ghost In The Shell PSA, which received praise on platforms such as Buzzfeed, Upworthy, Nextshark, iO9, and Perez Hilton. Jes has been featured in GO Magazine, Splitsider, and the Fader, and were named one of TimeOut New York‘s “LGBTQ POC Comedians We’re Obsessed With.” Jes was a 2018 StandUp NBC semifinalist. Their self-produced half hour comedy special, “COLD BREW” is available to watch on Vimeo – @jestom
Wo Chan (they/them) is a queer poet and drag performer living in Brooklyn. Wo has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. As a member of Switch N’ Play, Wo has performed at venues including The Whitney, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and BAM Fisher – @theillustriouspearl.
Rachel Kaly (she/they) is a queer Middle Eastern American NYC-based comedian and writer. She is a contributing writer for ClickHole and has studied and (more importantly???) performed at the Annoyance Theater, Second City, and at UCB as a diversity scholar. She hosts a monthly show at Union Hall as a deranged Ellen Degeneres. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2017 – @rachel_kaly
xtian w (they/them) is a writer, performer, & softly fierce femme whose poems & essays appear in [PANK], VIDA, No, Dear, & Bone Bouquet, among others. Their current obsessions include hysteria, gut bacteria, & houseplants. An Aquarius sun / Virgo rising / Capricorn moon, xtian is an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU & paints their nails in Brooklyn.
John Paul Brammer (he/him) is a writer and advice columnist from Oklahoma living in New York City. He is currently the managing editor at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest organization dedicated to LGBTQ youth in crisis, and he runs the popular advice column ¡Hola Papi!, which exists in digital and print at Out Magazine. He is in the process of publishing a memoir, and his work frequently focuses on his experiences as a gay man and as a Chicano – @jpbrammer
Friends Who Folk is comedy folk group featuring the sensual voices and earth shattering harmonies of Ned Riseley and Rachel Wenitsky. They have performed all over New York City including at Ars Nova, Union Hall, UCB and The Slipper Room. Their work has been featured in Splitsider, Glamour, Paste and The New Yorker – @nriseley @RachelWenitsky
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