Suzanne Westenhoefer returns to Atlanta
‘American Idol’ alum Frenchie Davis plays Out Front Theatre on Dec. 6. (Photo via Facebook) CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29
Appearing at the end of November is comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer. She made history as the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO special and the first openly lesbian comedian on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Westenhoefer has a commanding presence and a conversational delivery. She prides herself on never following a script, with 25 years’ worth of onstage credentials to back her up.
Westenhoefer told Georgia Voice that her original act has changed a great deal since she originally came out in the ’90s.
“I had this purpose. I was going to make it ‘OK’ to be gay!” she said. “I was going to educate the masses about how gay is the same as anything else. [Society] has progressed, that’s the point. So now I can get up onstage and talk about how I have two new kittens that I rescued and they’re 10 weeks old. Come on, they’re the cutest thing ever. But I don’t have to put some gay spin on it.”
Westenhoefer has recorded three awardwinning albums, “Nothing In My Closet But My Clothes” (1999), “I’m Not Cindy Brady” (2000) and “Guaranteed Fresh” (2003) — each named Best Comedy CD by the Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards. Her recent sets have aired on the Logo network. Westenhoefer even dipped into acting with the Wolfe Media series “We Have To Stop Now.”
“If you’ve only ever seen me once, you must come back, because you have no idea. You have nothing. If you’ve seen me twice, you must come back,” said Westenhoefer. “I’m proud that someone who works at a club or works at a theater can say ‘I saw you do three shows in a row and it was different every time! That was crazy!’ I love that.” CONTINUES ON PAGE 31