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Just a Phase is here to brighten up your winter blues

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Stephanie Nam — Photo courtesy of Nam Nam Productions
Stephanie Nam — Photo courtesy of Nam Nam Productions

The dreary February blahs are here. The sky is eternally gray, it's too cold to wear anything fun, and it feels like laughter is physically impossible.

So if you're looking for a fun way to cheer yourself up for the evening, look no further than Nam Nam Production's "Just a Phase," an all-Queer comedy lineup.

Back from a previous COVID hiatus and funnier than ever, "Just a Phase" had the audience at Olmstead in stitches on Thursday, February 10. Rumor has it laughter could be heard throughout Capitol Hill.

Photos by Lindsey Anderson  

The event started with a bang as host Jaleesa Johnson warmed the audience up with her original material. Fans were delighted by her creative, and at times very dirty, humor. Johnson proved that Lesbians know how to find everything, including a punchline, quicker than men.

The lineup officially started with newcomer Rohini Jayanthi performing at her first-ever show, or so she said. Her quick jokes and expert storytelling had the audience wondering if she had previous experience on Comedy Central. Jayanthi's most memorable bit came in the middle of her set, when she informed audiences that the best way to make friends with white men in Montana is to wear a "Y'all Need Jesus" shirt.

Photos by Lindsey Anderson  

After her set, some may have worried nobody could successfully follow such a sharp act, but comedian Tambre Massman proved them wrong. For fans who may have seen Massman perform at Nam Nam Production's all-womxn show "Men Aren't Funny," some of the bits were familiar, but they came back stronger and punchier than before. Fueled by her constant feminist rage, Massman started by introducing the audience to her outfit and finished the way everyone should — shaking and screaming about her hatred for Joe Rogan.

Next on the stage was the adorable Andy Iwancio. Clothed in what can only be described as a Sunday school—meets-leather special, Iwancio started strong with jokes about her and her husband's commitment to being straight going so deep that they both decided to transition. Her crowd work was superb. When a joke didn't land as big as she hoped, she improvised casual banter with the front row, giving the audience just enough time to collect their thoughts before having their minds blown by her hilarity once again.

Closing out the show was producer Stephanie Nam, who took her awkward charm to new depths. Nam had the crowd in tears with her dark humor and may have caused some whiplash with the sudden change in tone her punchlines brought. She had something for everyone, from dad jokes (about her dad) to reminders of pet mortality to poignant thoughts on white people. Nam's performance left the audience with much to think about, and her memorable jokes had me laughing hours after coming home.

"Just a Phase" has a rotating lineup and performs at Olmstead every second Thursday of the month. If you're looking for a fun Queer comedy show to help you forget about your seasonal depression, visit www.stephanienam.com/productions to reserve tickets for the next show!

If you can't wait until March to find good comedy, don't worry! "Just A Phase" (a Queer, Trans, and POC comedy show) is every second Thursday of the month at 9 p.m. at Olmstead. "The Queer Agenda" (Nam and Johnson's live dating show) will premiere on Friday, February 18 at 9:30 p.m. at the Rendezvous, and again on Friday March 25 at 7 p.m. at Kremwerk. "Men Aren't Funny" (an all-womxn and Nonbinary comedy show) will be on Saturday, March 19 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Rendezvous. "Model Minority" (an all-Asian comedy show) will be on Wednesday, March 9, at 8 p.m. at the Royal Room. Tickets for all shows are available at www.stephanienam.com/productions.