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06.22.11

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Hella Gay

Comedy show fighting Prop. 8 leaves it to 'Beaver'

By Nicolas Grizzle


The fight for gay rights isn't funny, but a current comedy troupe is trying to prove that there's humor in any situation. Billed as So Not the Cleavers, two gay parents (Kevin Meany and Vickie Shaw) and two straight parents (Maryellen Hooper and Dan St. Paul) are teaming up for a Bay Area tour, including dates in Santa Rosa and Mill Valley, to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights to repeal Prop 8. (This adds to the good news for Prop. 8 opponents after a ruling that Judge Vaughn Walker, who overruled the proposition, could not be dismissed from hearing the case due to his relationship with another man.)

The evening probably won't feature Margaret Cho–style raunchiness, as these comics are billed as "neither crude nor offensive" but "classy." Clean comedy in a non–bar setting? It might be prudent to—dare it be mentioned—bring the kids to experience this gay ol' time. If nothing else, this comedy tour is a reminder that in 50 years, when this whole "civil rights round two" hullabaloo is pretty much over, we'll all be able to laugh at how dumb we were, way back then.

So Not the Cleavers runs Thursday, June 23, at the Glaser Center (547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa; 8pm; $20; 707.568.5381) and Friday, June 24, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley; 8pm; $20; 415.383.9600).


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