So Now What? New York’s Gay and Lesbian Comedians Riff on Marriage

More than 820 gay couples are expected to jump the broom in New York City this weekend. MetroFocus reached out to those who, other than the couples themselves, may well stand to gain the greatest material benefits from the new law: gay and lesbian comedians.

We gave them the set-up and let them riff.

As of Sunday, gay and lesbian couples in New York State can legally marry — so now…

…our families can finally acknowledge our anniversaries and we won’t have to explain that it’s the date of the first time we “did it.”

Judy Gold

…my boyfriend will get down on one knee and say, “I need to wait for my grandparents to die and you need to fix your credit.”

— Shawn Hollenbach

…instead of “Here Comes the Bride,” the band will play “I Am What I Am” from “La Cage Aux Folles.”

— Michele Balan

… “I’m not going until I can get married too” is no longer a valid justification for not attending other people’s weddings. And also, if gay guys are all getting married, who’s left to plan their weddings?

— Chris Doucette

…since we already have plenty of stories about wives who cut off husbands’ penises, imagine how much more often this will happen when there are only penises in the relationship?

— Dave Rubin

…when the wedding band plays “The Hokey Pokey,” the dance will involve a lot more body parts.

Adam Sank

…my mother can now add “husband” to her list of things I’ll never achieve because I “just had to go out and become a comedian.”

Brad Loekle

The Comedians

Judy Gold is a two-time emmy award winner, currently living in New York. Judy previously performed in the Off-Broadway hit show “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother” and stars in “The Judy Show — My Life As A sitcom” now playing at the DR2 Theatre in Union Square.

Shawn Hollenbach is a stand-up comic, blogger and gay wedding expert for Logo’s

Michele Balan, a Brooklyn native, was a finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and was voted one of the “Top 10 Comics” by Backstage Magazine.

In June 2011, Chris Doucette won first place at the Snubfest Comedy Festival in Chicago. Chris has shared the stage with many top talents including Hal Sparks, Tony Woods and Judy Gold .


Dave Rubin has been performing comedy in NYC for 13 years.  His show, The Six Pack, is a top-rated podcast on iTunes. He has appeared on The Joy Behar Show and PBS.


Adam Sank has been featured on Season Six of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”  truTV’s “Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest Criminals” and VH1’s “Best Week Ever.”

Brad Loekle can be seen every Thursday night on the  TruTV series, World’s Dumbest. He tours nationally and will be performing in Europe this summer. He is also a writer, whose work can be seen each month in the Key West Gay Rag.

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