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Hot Mess: Drag Competition
Wednesday, July 11 at House of Yes, 10 pm: FREE

When you think of a drag competition, surely one certain television show comes to mind. But, as RuPaul’s Drag Race has made clear, not every type of drag performer is allowed to partake. But at Madame Vivien V’s live drag competition Hot Mess, there are no such limitations. “All drag is equal so whatever form you take, [whether] you are a seasoned professional or a baby darling, if you’ve got something to say, we want to give you the stage,” the event page articulates, noting that the show will include queens, kings, “queerdos,” and whomever else may want to strut their stuff. The winner will receive the coveted title of Mx. Hot Mess, as well as $100 cash. Plus, unlike a lot of events at the glitzy House of Yes, it’s free.


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The ‘SUP Show
Thursday, July 12 at Caveat, 9 pm: $8 advance, $10 doors

What is updog? The answer to this storied inquiry (and more) may be found at the latest iteration of The ‘SUP Show, a recurring showcase of female, queer, and gender non-conforming comedians in the city, many of which are recruited from SUP’s weekly open mic. If you think there are starting to be a lot of shows just for women, LGBTQ, and/or gender non-conforming people, maybe you’re right. But rather than seeing this as something to complain about, consider that it’s not even close to the amount of shows out there giving a platform predominantly to straight cis dudes. So, let’s keep cheering on all the shows like ‘SUP. Hosted by Juliet Prather, Maddie Fischer, Fareeha Khan, Jesse Roth, and Stephanie Pace, the lineup features Caroline Doyle, Jo Firestone, Shalewa Sharpe, Pooja Reddy, Marie Faustin, and Maggie Crane.


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Marissa and Felipe’s Divine Comedy
Friday, July 13 at The Brick, 11 pm: $5

What is comedy, anyway? Those of you who have watched Hannah Gadsby’s buzzed-about Netflix special Nanette may be pondering that notion more than usual. If you’d like to further delve into the concept of jokin’ around (and laugh while doing it) then walk yourself over to the latest creation by comedians and animators Marissa Goldman and Felipe Di Poi. Through a combination of animation and live performance (from names like Three Busy Debras, Ike Ufomadu, and Lucy Randall), the duo will attempt to do it like Dante, except instead of chronicling the “soul’s journey towards God” through a narrative poem, they will be trying to figure out “the meaning of laughter.”