Lancaster-born Comic Suzanne Westenhoefer Appears April 16 at Sharadin Bigler Theatre

Lancaster-born Suzanne Westenhoefer April 16, Sharadin Bigler Theatre

How (semi) sweet she is!

Suzanne Westenhoefer slates her third homecoming funfest April 16 for the Sharadin Bigler Theatre.

Twenty years after bursting onto the comedy club scene as America’s first out lesbian comic, Suzanne Westenhoefer is still wowing audiences with inappropriately candid – and hilariously unique captures of this wild ride known as life.

From airline nightmares to unblushingly outrageous confessionals, Suzanne has kept her comedy star in orbit in clubs from coast to coast, as well as winning awards for her many cds and dvds. But of all the gigs she plays, Suzanne always saves a little something special for her hometown fans here in Lancaster County, PA, where she is making her third concert appearance at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Her first two gigs for the theatre were sold out sensations, including last year’s appropriately titled “Totally Inappropriate.” She’s coming back armed with more new salvos of laugh-your-butt-off observations of the human condition, including some bull’s eye material aimed straight at the funny bone of the LGBT community.

“I’m calling the new show ‘Semi-Sweet’ because there’s a lot of sweet stuff to talk about…. and a lot of stuff that, well, isn’t.” says Westenhoefer. “The show is cry/laugh funny, and a little bit thought-provoking at the same time. It’s all about the changes that have occurred in my life over the past year. Some have been good… and some not-so-much. I thought the name Semi-Sweet captured that perfectly.”

Tickets for this unpredictable, strictly adult funfest are $35, including a meet and greet wine & cheese reception with Suzanne following the performance. Order reserved seating online at ephrataperformingartscenter.com or call the Sharadin Bigler Theatre box office at (717) 733-7966.

Remember, her first two concerts for were sold out events.

Curve magazine voted Suzanne “America’s Funniest Lesbian” and she has recently appeared in fan-favorite “We Have to Stop Now” (also starring lesbian icons Meredith Baxter, Cathy DeBuono and Jill Bennett). She will also be seen in the upcoming Nicole Conn film “A Perfect Ending” scheduled to begin filming in Spring 2011.

After entering the world of comedy on a dare, Suzanne has been delivering gay material in mainstream clubs to straight audiences and proudly performing within the LGBT community ever since. She became the first openly lesbian comic ever to appear on television in 1991 on an episode of Sally Jesse Raphael entitled “Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don’t Look Like Lesbians.”

She went on to become the first openly gay comic to host her own HBO Comedy Special in 1994, which earned her a Cable Ace Award nomination. Other television appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, GSN’s remake of the classic game show, “I’ve Got a Secret” as well as HBO, Bravo and LOGO TV specials. Now beginning her 20th year of side-splitting merriment, she continues to forge new ground while enjoying her well-earned reputation as a pioneer on the lesbian comedy scene.

Suzanne’s GLAMA award-winning specials “Nothing in my Closet but my Clothes,” “I’m Not Cindy Brady” and “Guaranteed Fresh” are all available on DVD, as are her most recent televised specials, “Live from the Village” and “A Bottom on Top.” The first season of the web-series “We Have To Stop Now” is now available on DVD from Wolfe Video.

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