Editor’s note: Edited at 10:46 a.m. on March 6 to correct date of performance. Michele Balan will perform on Saturday night only. Originally, this post incorrectly stated that there would be an additional performance.
By Stevie St. John
Michele Balan, an out comic with an gravelly voice and a New York accent, will perform in Los Angeles for the first time in years this Saturday at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. She said she’s excited that her shows will support the Center’s services, and she’s happy to be returning to the Center’s Renberg Theatre.
“It’s a great theatre–I love it,” she says. “It’s a really nice community center.”
Though it isn’t a focus of her comedy, she does she occasionally tells jokes that draw on her life as a lesbian. She recalls that, during her 2006 turn on Last Comic Standing, she told a joke about having a fight with her boyfriend. The punchline: the fight is about her having a girlfriend. Balan remembers that one audience member looked alarmed. “I’m kidding,” she explained. “I don’t really have a boyfriend!”
In addition Last Comic Standing, Balan’s TV appearances include The Joy Behar Show, The Today Show and the Outlaugh Festival on LOGO.
Tickets for Balan’s show are on sale online. Comic Matthew Moore will open for Balan.