Queer Queens of Qomedy

Queer Queens of Comedy

Poppy Champlin

There’s just something about Poppy. She walks on stage looking urban cool and she begins rolling out the jokes, starting slow and sure and moving on to staccato and soon she is hitting on all cylinders, spitting out jokes, quips, songs, impressions, interactions, bird calls and with deep resources to draw from, all of Poppy’s shows can be described as spin art - “No two alike.” Poppy is crackerjack at the craft of Improv.

Throw anything at her and watch as she magically turns it into comedic fodder. Having graduated from the University of R. I. with a degree in Theatre she then went on to the Famed Chicago Second City Improv school. Champlin is one of the quickest witted comedians working either coast today. She has a wild and roaming spontaneity, which makes each show actually; feel like one of a kind. She is a powerful performer who can glide between practiced patter and off the cuff insightful improvisations. Poppy’s experience with classic standup and improv, gives her a double-barreled flexibility that works particularly well with her subjects of choice. Besides Poppy’s deep comedic chops, she actually has a seriously good voice that she puts to use during her performance making sure to end every show on a good note.

“Poppy was a freakin’ ball of comedic thunder,” says one fan.

Her stand-up pedigree is flawless; from her latest SHOWTIME SPECIAL: PRIDE, and LOGO SPECIAL: ONE NIGHT STAND-UP, to Oprah Winfrey, and a featured story on Entertainment Tonight, a winner on The Joan Rivers Show, and a panel guest on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. She is also a favorite on Atlantis and Olivia cruises.

Poppy has opened for such comics as Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Bill Hicks and Rosie O’Donnell. Her club appearances are many.

When Poppy hit tinsel town, she continued to perform stand-up as well as study acting at the Larry Moss studios and has since put up her critically acclaimed One Woman Show, “A Chocolate Sandwich.”

She was a staff writer for FOX’s Show Me The Funny, in Hollywood California. She wrote, starred in and produced, her character driven comedy pilot called News You Can’t Use, think Tracy Ulman takes on the News.

Poppy currently can be seen performing her comedy, in the HBO Documentary “All Aboard Rosie’s Family Vacation” and traveling around the country producing her own show called, Queer Queens of Qomedy, now in its fifth year.

Ever increasing her visibility, she performed for over 25,000 people in the closing ceremonies of the Gay Games in Chicago. She has performed for troops in both Japan and Korea. She was invited to perform in South Africa , at the Cape Town Comedy Festival.

Poppy tackles tough subjects with ease. In this comedienne’s hands we can laugh at life’s most formidable perils...and laughter that ravages fear is the best kind of all.

Jennie McNulty

Jennie McNulty is “One of the premiere comedians in the country” as proclaimed by The New England Blade. The Examiner called her an, “infectiously energetic, remarkably deft comic with a warm disarming style and some of the best improv skills in the business.” And Curve magazine rates her amongst the “Top 10 lesbian comics.” Her playfully sarcastic style is sure to win you over and most definitely make you laugh.

Jennie’s comedy career has taken her all over the world, from entertaining troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe to the beautiful beaches and serene sea ports of the LGBT travel world with “Sweet,” “Atlantis” and and other travel companies. You may have seen her from your own home in Logo TV’s “One Night Stand Up “ and in NBC’s “Starting Over” as well as being featured in numerous commercials and co starring roles. She’s not a doctor, but she’s played one on TV! Her talk show, “Walking Funny With…” was a huge hit on AfterEllen.com and is now in production for a 4th season.

In addition to headlining comedy clubs, colleges and events across the country, Jennie’s also headlined Pride festivals everywhere and spent 6 summer seasons performing nightly in Provincetown, MA. She produces two comedy/variety shows in the Los Angeles area and was a regular host at the Improv at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.

Years of performance experience has also made McNulty a sought after comedy tutor. From beginners to award winning stand ups, “The Joke Dr,” McNulty has helped countless comedians “find their own funny.” And, in addition to individual coaching, Jennie also frequently runs stand up writing workshops in an online web conferencing format. For more info, visit www.thejokedr.com.

AND, in her spare time, Jennie plays professional women’s tackle football for the California Quake in the Independent Women’s Football League.

Sandra Valls

"Valls is as true to her ethnicity as she is to her sexuality; knocking tv audiences on their behinds!" - Curve Magazine

Sandra is a brash, high energy, smart, outrageously funny, Latina comic… and then some! Voted by Latina Magazine as one of the Top 33 Bad Ass Comics with Latin Roots, Sandra performs to standing room only, sold out comedy shows all over the country. She’ll make you laugh till your face hurts with her frank, no holds barred comedic genius!

Sandra ignites the stage with a powerful and electric performance in 2 Showtime hit comedy specials THE LATIN DIVAS OF COMEDY (nominated for an Alma Award) and PRIDE: LGBT COMEDY SLAM! hosted by Bruce Vilanch (both available for viewing on Hulu.com). In a time when gays and lesbians in the United States are still struggling and fighting for equality, Sandra Valls unapologetically takes the road less travelled, celebrates her sexuality and steps up to the front lines entertaining and educating folks through laughter and plenty of PRIDE! Comes as no surprise that she was voted one of Curve Magazine’s Top 10 funniest lesbian comics and Top 10 faces to watch in 2010 by Diva Magazine.

Her other television credits include NickMom Night Out (Nickelodeon), Outlaugh Festival, One Night Stand Up (LOGO), Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen (ABC), Habla! (HBO), Que Locos (Galavision), Funny is Funny, Latino 101 (Sitv), BET’s Comic View and countless other TV spots including MTV3’s Quiero mis Quince, Wanna be Latinos and Top Tr3ce, Mun2 Comedy Documentary and I love Jenny!

Sandra’s hosting credits include La Femme Film Awards, Power UP’s 10 Amazing Gay Women and Men gala, and GLAAD Awards, to name a few. From hosting to touring with the Latin Divas and Queer Queens of Qomedy to sharing the stage with Eva Longoria at the HBO Comedy Festival, Sandra still finds time to give back to the community by volunteering and producing comedy shows for various causes including benefits/fundraisers for Aids, sobriety, domestic violence and LGBT rights.

The California Senate presented Sandra with a Certificate of Recognition for her relentless support of people in recovery in the LGBT community as exemplified by her leadership in producing “One Gay at a Time", a comedy show that celebrates people in recovery.

Sandra Valls is also an actor, singer (go to videos for a taste) and a published author. Pick up your copy of Out on the Edge: America’s Rebel Comics. A funny and illuminating piece about what it’s like to be a lesbian and a woman of color in the comedy world!

Always an activist of human rights, Sandra was just recently honored in her hometown of Laredo with the International Woman’s Day Award for being a trailblazer and empowering women and was chosen by Unidos-National Latino LGBT Human Rights Organization to be part of their prestigious list for Project VISIBLE Latinos LGBT in the USA and PuertoRico: Out in Leadership. GLAAD has honored Sandra’s work at Mun2 with a Special Recognition Award for her groundbreaking achievements in production for promoting fair and accurate representation of the LGBT community in English-speaking Latino television.