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posted Friday, December 4, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 49
'The Gay Uncle Time' a great showcase of comedy and Queer culture
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'The Gay Uncle Time' a great showcase of comedy and Queer culture

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Local comedian Jeffrey Robert has put together one of Seattle's must-see monthly shows: 'The Gay Uncle Time.' As the title implies, Robert is openly Gay and the show focuses on his personal experiences growing up in a heterosexual world in the 1960s, as a young man in the 1970s, through the turbulent HIV/AIDS crisis days of the '80s and so on. The good news is - and Robert effortlessly weaves personal history with Queer culture - 'The Gay Uncle Time' is not a dry history lesson (although you will learn something for sure!). Instead, Robert constructs each show around the art pieces he paints to adorn the stage while he tells stories and facts about a person (the December 2 show I saw was about gender-bending Marlene Dietrich), topic (past subjects include sex, pride and anger), or specific time-period.

Robert announced the show on Facebook: 'This month we will be celebrating on legendary actress and singer Marlene Dietrich. From the Drag Balls of Berlin in the '20s, to saying 'No' to the Nazi Party and 'Yes' to Hollywood, to her concerts and cabaret performances and her prolific love life and classic personification of glamour, there has never been another one like Marlene.'

As an openly Gay comedian Robert is hysterical. He can deliver a punch line to Gay or straight audiences alike, his jokes are smart or at the very least timely and he stands out onstage; Robert is daddy bear and he is not afraid to embrace it.

'The Gay Uncle Time' is moving up in the world - or at least the Rendezvous (2322 2nd Avenue) in Belltown anyway - having sold out Jewel Box Theater on Wednesday night. It was important to Robert and the show because it began over a year ago in the basement space of the venue, The Grotto, but after consistently filling the space each month, Robert and Jewelbox Theater officials agreed it was time to bring the show up into the main space where it belongs.

Robert, via the official event Facebook page, said, 'Seattle's monthly Celebration of Pop, Camp, Gay, Underground and Trash Culture of the '60s & '70s and Beyond! returns to our new home at the Jewel Box Theater of The Rendezvous. Same location, different space and a different day - we are now the FIRST Wednesday of each month.'

There is more to the show than just comedy and art (although Robert does both well enough to sustain a show without anything else added). Each month 'The Gay Uncle Time' features guests. At the December 2 Dietrich show Robert invited Mac S. McGregor, a local entertainer and sex and kink coach as well as gender educator; Maggie Bloodstone, singer, dancer and Seattle Gay News ad rep; and German-born drag queen Areola Borealis. Each entertainer sang songs (in German!) that Gay icon Marlene Dietrich used to perform or ones they thought she should've performed.

'The Gay Uncle Time' has developed a loyal fan base by delivering one entertaining show after another. Plus, Robert also hosts another show, quarterly, called 'Westside Glory' that has garnered more fans for Robert to sell 'The Gay Uncle Time' tickets to. I've seen both and it is impossible to compare the two to see which is better. You'll have to check 'em both out.

'West Side Glory - An Occasional Queer Variety Show' featuring Comedy, Music, Drag, Magic, Sideshow and More (With GoGo Bears!) is held at the Beautiful Skylark Cafe & Club (3803 Delridge Way SW) in West Seattle. Check out the event page on Facebook for more info on show dates. www.facebook.com/WestSideGlory.

'The Gay Uncle Time' doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs for 90 minutes. Tickets are $6.00 at the door.

The first show of the New Year is scheduled for January 6 and will celebrate the 1972 film 'Lady Sings The Blues' starring the legendary Diana Ross, the greatest comedian to ever live, Richard Pryor, and the super-sexy Billy Dee Williams.

'Join us for stories, songs, art, music, laughs and hugs with fabulous special guests Monisa Brown, Eric Martin (of Eric Blu & The Soul Revue), Aunt Betty Malone and Adé A Cônnére,' said Jeffrey Robert. 'Come be a part of our ever-growing family. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. and you will be out in time for an early bedtime, complete with a song to lull you to dreamland. Just bring six bucks cash to get in and come to the Jewel Box Theater. We look forward to seeing you there!'

For more information about 'The Gay Uncle Time - The Lady Sings the Blues' go to www.facebook.com/events/918776941532053.

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