Laughter and love
Comic Jason Stuart gets his moment to shine during the Ice House’s 52nd anniversary weekend of shows, raising money for Hillsides Home for Children
By Carl Kozlowski 10/10/2012
This weekend marks yet another milestone for the Ice House Comedy Club, which celebrates its annual win as Best Comedy Club in PW’s Best of Pasadena readers’ poll at the same time it throws a weekend of special shows in honor of its 52nd anniversary. While its Sunday show is the biggest gala of the week at the club -- with Fritz Coleman, Michael Loftus and other longtime favorites performing in a fundraiser for the Hillsides Home for Children — there are three nights of shows, Thursday through Saturday, that also feature extra-special talent.
Among those acts is Jason Stuart, who is perhaps America’s top openly gay male comic, and a popular character actor to boot. Jason came out nearly 20 years ago, long before Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell, and still managed to maintain and grow an already thriving standup career, despite being years ahead of the curve.
He’ll be in the 8:30 p.m. Friday show, along with Kevin Jordan, Karen Rontowski and Collin Moulton.
Managing to make people laugh across all types of demographic groups, Stuart is known for being outrageously fun while still knowing how not to cross the line of taste. As a result, he’s the current chairman of the first-ever Screen Actors Guild LGBT Committee, representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors, and is also a popular corporate speaker on gay issues in the workplace.
Stuart will be using his motivational side this weekend as well, speaking at 3 p.m. Friday at the Models of Pride conference on gay-related issues at Occidental College in Eagle Rock. He’ll be conducting his lecture “Being Openly Gay in The Workplace: How to Get That Job in Showbiz!”
“The Ice House is always one of my favorite clubs to perform at, because it’s close to Los Angeles, yet not really part of it,” says Stuart, who links to his many diverse projects at HYPERLINK "http://www.jasonstuart.com" \o "http://www.jasonstuart.com/" jasonstuart.com. “So it’s always fun to perform for people who are genuine and not dependent on the showbiz scene to determine what’s funny in life.”
The weekend’s shows will be dedicated to former Ice House manager Amy Bernard Herman, who passed away last week after a long illness.
Jason Stuart performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday as part of a full weekend of shows marking the 52nd Anniversary of the Ice House, 42 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $20 to $27 for Friday’s 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows, Saturday’s 8 and 10 p.m. shows. Tickets for Sunday’s 7 p.m. gala show are $25 to $100 and raise money for Hillsides Home for Children. Call (626) 577-1894 or visit icehousecomedy.com.