A.B. Cassidy is Out On Stage
The latest original series from online streaming platform Dekkoo is Out On Stage. Hosted by Zach Noe Towers, the series brings together queer stand-up comedians to showcase humour from an LGBTQ perspective.
I caught up with A.B. Cassidy – one of the comedians featured in the series – to talk about queer comedy.
How did you feel when you were invited to take part in the Out on Stage series?
Underwhelmed. Just kidding, I was very excited. First of all, I’m excited to do any comedy series. But I was extra excited because this was one specifically highlighted queer comics, and there’s nothing I love more than visibility and representation.
What does it mean to you to be in the first all queer stand up series ever?
It means a lot. It means progress. It means self acceptance. It means love. And it means change.
How did you prepare for the taping?
I did the set I’d been working on the last couple months prior to the taping. However, when I went back to watch it now, I found it almost shocking how much my set has already changed in such a short amount of time!
Were you pleased with how you delivered your routine?
Yes and no. I was happy with the production and quality of the tape, of course. But it’s hard to watch yourself – especially as a new comic, when you’re constantly evolving and rewriting, it’s kind of surreal to watch yourself tell jokes you already forgot about. What I’m trying to say is – I think I’m funnier now.
What was it like being part of a show where everyone in the line-up was queer and delivering sets that focused on the queer experience?
Amazing. We need more of this!
What do you hope that people feel when they’re watching your routine as part of Out on Stage?
I hope people feel less alone. When you see somebody that looks like you on the big screen, it makes a difference. It makes you feel like it’s okay that you are how you are. At least, that’s my hope.
What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?
Keep writing, keep laughing, keep getting gayer.