Laughing Matters...The Men



Laughing Matters...The Men features outstanding gay comics and in partnership with Logo, will air on the Logo Television Network in Fall 2007. The third installment in her series on queer comics, Andrea Meyerson, whose “Laughing Matters” and “Laughing Matters…More!” won audience awards in festivals worldwide, now brings the boys to the forefront in this hilarious offering. Shot in her winning formula that interweaves stand-up material with candid interviews, viewers are given the opportunity to at once laugh and simultaneously understand the voyage that has led these performers to the stage...and what performers! Meet sexy Kansan Andre Kelley, who boasts being the only black comic never to have appeared on B.E.T.; Scott Kennedy, whose three years in military school and youth in rural Texas makes for hilarious anecdotes; Alec Mapa who went from growing up in a conservative Filipino Catholic family to being the first openly gay Asian regular on a television series; Bob Smith, who was the first-ever out gay comic to appear on "The Tonight Show" and to have his own HBO comedy special, and Bruce Vilanch, who all of Hollywood calls when they need fresh and funny material.

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Executive Producer/Director Andrea Meyerson
Andrea Meyerson is a filmmaker and event producer whose concerts and comedy shows adorn some of Los Angeles’ most elite stages and whose films have aired on here! TV and MTV’s Logo network and screened at film festivals around the world.

Andrea founded All Out Films in 2002, producing and directing the award-winning films: Laughing Matters (2003) and Laughing Matters...More! (2006), showcasing the talents and personalities of outstanding lesbian comedians. Her most recent work includes Laughing Matters... The Men (2007) and Kate Clinton: 25th Anniversary Tour (2007), both set to air on MTV’s Logo network.

Through StandOut Productions Inc., a company she founded in 1996, Andrea produces concerts and live comedy shows featuring some of the country’s best-known entertainers, including Joan Armatrading, Roseanne Barr, Nell Carter, Kate Clinton, Sophie B. Hawkins, Janis Ian, Holly Near, Vicki Randle, Toshi Reagan, Suzanne Westenhoefer and Cris Williamson. By combining the efforts of her two companies, she’s begun creating original content for the Logo network, such as L.A. Women's Fest, an all-day comedy and music festival, and Suzanne Westenhoefer: Live from the Ladies Room, scheduled to air later this year. 

Andrea is also a pioneer in the lesbian community, having started Women On A Roll in 1995, one of the largest grassroots lesbian social and cultural organizations in the country.  She has been recognized as one of the Ten Amazing Women in Showbiz by PowerUp, a prestigious organization that promotes the visibility of gay women in entertainment; and honored by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center with the L.A.C.E. Award (Lesbians Active in Community Empowerment), for making significant contributions to the gay and lesbian community. In 2006, Andrea was among those selected to receive the WIN Outstanding Women Award from the Women's Image Network (WIN) and was one of four finalists for PlanetOut's Entrepreneur of the Year. This year she was the first out lesbian to receive the Women of Achievement Award, presented by the YWCA for empowering women and eliminating racism.

Director of Photography Sandra Chandler
Sandra Chandler is a graduate of the USC school of Cinema & Television. She has been shooting film and video for 20 years. In addition to Laughing Matters…More! her credits include, HBO’s All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Young and the Dead, 101 Rent Boys for Cinemax; and currently on PBS The New Los Angeles. Sandra occasionally teaches documentary camera at USC.

Interviewer Laurie Schenden
The veteran Los Angeles journalist worked for many years as a columnist, news editor and entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Times. She conducted the interviews in the first two Laughing Matters films, and teamed with Andrea to create the storyline for the first film. Laurie also worked as a writer-story consultant on the award-winning documentary Christa MacAuliff: Reach for the Stars, which aired on CNN. She received her BA from Michigan State University and studied screenwriting at UCLA. She is currently filming oral histories of famous lesbians for a documentary film.

Editor Jen Bradwell
Jen Bradwell is a San Francisco Bay Area-based editor. Since graduating from the University of Southern California’s film school, she has edited on several feature and television documentaries and has worked with award-winning filmmakers including Dyanna Taylor, Roberta Grossman, Ayoka Chenzira, Sally Heckel and Mark Reese.

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