Inspired by the opening lines to Krystle Warren’s Yuletide Carol, ‘In the holidays, the lonely gays are everywhere’ (written whilst strolling through bars in San Francisco’s ‘queer district’ on Christmas Eve), award winning comedian and broadcaster Rosie Wilby investigates whether Christmas time is far from conventional if you’re LGBT.
Intercutting her own stand up and an alternative acoustic rendition of Wham’s Last Christmas with video stories from fellow performers and writers, she ponders why she herself has never been able to spend the festive season with a partner and asks whether this is typical. Coming out over the turkey dinner, dragging yourself back into the closet when grandma arrives, inappropriate gifts, Christmas Day clubbing, snow-lesbians and more feature in this cocktail of humorous and occasionally emotional seasonal stories.
Rosie was a Funny Women Finalist 2006 and has taken 4 solo shows to Edinburgh Fringe, including 2009’s award winning The Science Of Sex. She has appeared on Radio 4 Loose Ends and Woman’s Hour and has headlined gigs at Sydney Mardi Gras. She co-wrote and co-starred in short film The Bride and Bride at this year’s London Lesbian And Gay Film Festival and presents Resonance 104.4FM’s LGBT show Out in South London every Tuesday at 6.30pm. Her Odd Ones Out podcast with fellow lesbian comedian Rachel Holmes is available on iTunes.
Part of Snapshots. Part 6. Alternative Christmas.
Rosie Wilby www.rosiewilby.com