Suzanne Westen­hoe­fer re­turns to At­lanta

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‘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

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