Here are just a few of our Featured Performers at this
year's YAAAS! FEST!
Our judges are actually amazingly funny comics who a have agreed to come in and support our gay comedy initiative. They are not really here to judge you, They are here to encourage and support you…and then judge you. They will also be performing on various shows throughout the competition.
Sean Barry Parsons--The reigning YAAAS! Fest Champion
Parsons is a New York based performer who does stand up, theatre, voiceover, and sketch comedy. Most recently winning the 2018 YAAAS! Fest Comedy Competition, he performs comedy at clubs all over the boroughs. Sean is also a 2017 Off-Broadway Alliance award winner, and a voice for M&Ms International. Sean is currently represented by Stewart Talent.
Drew Tessier’s comedy career started with a residency at New York's Broadway Comedy Club through “TheIndustryRoom.com” audition showcase” After being seen there he was immediately cast for a LGBTQ comedy Pilot which will air late this fall. He performs in comedy venues across NYC including his Southeastern Comedy Show and hosts’ Broadway Comedy Club’s newest LGBTQ show “Totally over the Rainbow.” He was recently performed on a Broadway Comedy Club showcase of LGBT comics that will be streaming soon.
Bobby Hankinson is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer and creative. He hosts the long-running LGBTQ comedy and storytelling show Kweendom, a TimeOut NY and New York Times Critics’ Pick, every month at Pete's Candy Store. He’s also a nationally touring member of the critically-acclaimed Awkward Sex and the City live storytelling show. Offstage, he is a columnist for leading LGBT website Towleroad.com, and his writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, VICE, Gothamist and Brokelyn.com. His original pilot "The Commons" was named one of the Top 50 best original pilots of 2018 in Tracking Board's Launch Pad Pilot Competition. Check out the webseries he co-created, Single Blonde Failure.
Veronica Garza is a Brooklyn based stand up comedian originally from Dallas. She's been doing comedy in NYC for almost five years and describes her humor as a reflection of her NYC experience as a queer LatinX Texan that cannot eat gluten. She's been on MTV, TMZ, Sirius XM and had her jokes featured on NPR. Check out her podcast, Stick To What You Know, currently on iTunes, and follow her on insta:HenryPhillip Henry@veros_got_jokes or on twitter: @veros_broke. Also--she loves tacos.
Drew Lausch is a comedian, actor, producer, and writer based in New York originally from Fargo, ND. He performs regularly around NYC comedy clubs and is also a regular and favorite on two hit LGBTQ Stand Up Shows ("Homo You Didn't" & "Bottomless.") He has performed at the Memphis Comedy Festival, the World Series of Comedy at Laugh Boston, the San Diego Comedy Festival, the Sacramento Comedy Festival, the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival and more. A recent review stated that Drew's performance might be "silly yet triggering.
Michelle Slonim is NYC’s favorite LGBTQ Ally. She has performed on Comedy Central, HBO and SiriusXM Radio. And you can see her performing stand up comedy in most clubs in New York City. She is the host and co-founder of one of the hottest LGBTQ Stand-up Comedy shows in NYC, called Gaylarious. She was prominently featured in The Wall Street Journal, although as her mother pointed out, it was only on page two in the print edition. Michelle’s side hustle is putting on comedy shows in people’s living rooms– checkout: DrawingRoomEntertainment.com MichelleSlonim.net.
Jaye McBride is funny, smart and proudly transgender. Jaye has traveled the country performing stand-up comedy both as a headliner and sharing the stage with comedy greats like Aziz Ansari, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Norton & Bobcat Goldthwait. Jaye has also been a part of The Boston Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival and the Limestone Comedy Festival. In addition to stand-up, Jaye has written, produced and acted in a variety of short films and speaks at colleges all across the country with her lecture about being transgender called 'Trans 102: The Chamber of Secrets'. Having transitioned in 2007, Jaye is uniquely qualified to talk about awkward first dates, strained family relationships and self-acceptance.
Ashley Gavin is a New York based, nationally touring comedian. Her comedy has been featured on Hulu, FOX, AXS TV, SiriusXM Comedy, Refinery29, Elite Daily, and The Kicker. Ashley has headlined at colleges and clubs around the country. Ashley has taken part in some of the most prestigious festivals and showcases including NBC's Stand Up For Diversity - New York. Her webseries Gay Girl Straight Girl has over 400k views and has been featured in Galore Mag.Ashley is best known for her hard-hitting, intelligent, and sometimes absurd social commentary, particularly about her experiences as a gay woman and feminist.
James started stand up in 2009 when he was but a wee child, and performed sporadically (and drunkenly) for 4 years. In 2017, he returned to comedy and it's treated him very well so far. Recently he’s been at Broadway Comedy Club, West Side Comedy Club, and West End Lounge. He has his own monthly show at Club Cumming and regularly performs all around the city. Wherever he performs, he uses his boyish good looks and charms to not-so-subtly dismantle the patriarchy and challenge heterosexual culture. But ya know... in a fun way!
The youngest son of a local celebrity, Jimmy has all the emotional problems of a celebrity child without any of the money. After three failed reality shows and having ditched going into the family business, Jimmy resorted to making others laugh while saving thousands of dollars on therapy. Now he’s charming audiences around or through his podcast, “Talkin’ Sh*t with Jimmy Schatz!
Gus is a first generation Greek-American stand up comedian/writer. He was born and raised in Brooklyn before it was cool and got his start in comedy when he won first place at a college talent show his first time trying standup. He is a gay comedian whose material deals heavily with his large immigrant family, his Greek heritage, raunchy yet relatable dating stories, his complicated love for New York City, and his observations about the gay community.
Keira is a Brooklyn-based standup comedian, actor and playwright. She’s just received her 23 and Me results back, finding out she is 50% potato, 25% sweat and 25% her feelings. Keira’s most recent achievement was answering an unexpected phone call from an unknown number without just letting it go to voicemail, but prior to that she was a finalist for Broadway Comedy Club’s YASSS Fest 2018. She performs all over New York City and is currently gearing up for July’s Broadway Comedy Talent Showcase. You can follow her on Instagram at @sweat_potatoooo if you like em nervous and gay.
Emily is an actor and comedian (improv, stand up) based in NYC. She is a member of the all-female improv team The Sisterwives (HBO Women in Comedy Festival), as well as a performer at UCB. Her stand up focuses on her experiences as a lesbian, as well as her anxiety and OCD. She was a finalist in 2018’s YASS Fest Stand Up Competition. Recent TV credits include: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), The Loudest Voice (Showtime).