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SGN Exclusive Interview: Comedy tour's Gay comedian ANT
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Comedy tour's Gay comedian ANT

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Comedian ANT will perform a stand-up comedy routine for the Stand-up with Pride-Fest comedy tour at the Parlor Live Comedy Club June 11 - 13 in Bellevue. Parlor Live is considered one of the premier comedy clubs in the Northwest, and is sponsor of the 2009 Seattle Out and Proud (SOAP) Gay March. A portion of the proceeds from the comedy event will be donated to SOAP.

The show will also feature comedians Jason Dudey and Erin Foley. Dudey has opened for Judy Gold, ANT and Sandra Bernhardt and is host and producer of Gays R Us at the Hollywood Improv. Foley has established herself as a stand-up comedian and actress who is currently filming Comedy Coliseum for NBC and was in Comedy Central's Premium Blend, as well as Cameron Crowe's feature film Almost Famous.

ANT, comedian and host of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, is hyper, cheeky and hilarious. He's a regular guest on The Tonight Show and The Tyra Banks Show. ANT has appeared on five seasons of NBC's hit series Last Comic Standing. The comedian has also made guest appearances on The Jamie Foxx Show and Comedy Central's The Man Show.

I caught up with ANT days before he arrived in Seattle to talk with him about being a successful comedian, marriage equality and what the audience can expect from the Stand-up with Pride-Fest show.

Shaun Knittel: You are one of America's most successful comedians. How did you achieve that?

ANT: I became a Scientologist. I'm kidding - sort of. I just worked and worked and never listened to the naysayers and learned early on that the pie is big enough for everyone. So long as you don't quit, you'll get your piece of it.

Knittel: Have you been to Seattle before?

ANT: I was in Seattle for the 2001 Seattle International Film Festival. I produced a documentary called Webcam Boys that was very well received by audiences there, so I love the Seattle area. The people have good taste!

Knittel: What are your views on marriage equality?

ANT: I don't believe in marriage equality. I just believe in equality. If I were to be completely forthcoming, I'd tell you I don't believe in marriage at all. But I do believe that if you want it, you should have the same rights that others have to do it. If they really want to stop Gays from getting married, then make divorce illegal - for everyone. Propose that, and we'd have marriage rights tomorrow.

Knittel: What do you hope the audience walks away with after seeing Stand-up with Pride-Fest?

ANT: Well I know one thing: I hope they don't leave with gonorrhea. I love when Gay people leave my show and say, "Wow! He is so much shorter in person." I hope they leave with a strong sense of Pride. That they can do anything they want with their lives and they can do it openly. Visibility is our strongest weapon against homophobia. I think my entire career has exemplified that.

Knittel: Anything you want to say to your fans about the show?

ANT: Come laugh for two hours, get younger, pee yourself. And take me out for a piece of pie. I'm single, got frequent flyer miles, and looking.

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