Jonathan Rowell 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 Jonathan Rowell – 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?
I was excited to be apart of a queer stand-up series!
What does it mean to you to be in the first all queer stand up series ever?
It means so much! I definitely remember watching the movie in the theatre, and feeling that this was so special to be in a thing that features so many different queer points of views.
How did you prepare for the taping?
I prepared for the taping by doing stand-up almost every night, for seven years. My routine was a mixture of older and newer material.
Were you pleased with how you delivered your routine?
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?
It was an odd experience – in a good way – because the truth is, unless it’s a queer show, gay/lesbian/trans comedians are barely ever put on most lineups together because they’re used as tokens of diversity a lot of the time. So, they usually put up only one queer comedian a show. There are people that were in the film with me who I’d never met before, and we’d all been doing stand-up in LA for years. It’s kind of sad, but that’s why things like Out On Stage are so necessary.
What do you hope that people feel when they’re watching your routine as part of Out on Stage?
I hope they feel kind of horny.
What are some of your goals and aspirations for the months ahead?
I’m filming a half hour in April, so I’m preparing for that. Also, I’m working on my writing. Plus, my web talk show Living with Jonathan & Katy comes out on YouTube.