Just For Laughs film festival on now

The Just For Laughs film festival is on now, with a great line-up of new and independent films that’ll knock your socks off. Tonight is the premiere of Humpday, a comedy about what happens when two long-lost friends get back together… and decide to make a porno. Presented by Joshua Leonard of The Blair Witch Project, this “beyond gay” film explores the straight-male bromance as well as the desire to make art out of pornography—not to mention the perilous task of informing your wife that you’re making a dirty sex film with your best friend.

Margaret Cho's latest film, Beautiful, premieres July 25 (photo by Austin Young, courtesy of MargaretCho.com)

Margaret Cho's latest film, Beautiful, premieres July 25 (photo by Austin Young, courtesy of MargaretCho.com)

In other festival picks, I’m looking forward to seeing Margaret Cho’s latest tour film, Beautiful, on July 25 at 7 PM. As described on the JFL website:

Armed with something more potent than lip gloss — a mouth so shocking and raunchy it should be stamped with a warning – Cho toured America with her manifesto: “This show is really about how we should feel beautiful,” says Cho. “When you feel beautiful, you’re going to have more of a willingness to use your voice to speak.”

I’m a big fan of Margaret Cho’s feminist, queer-positive work, so this is a no-brainer pick for me. I will pretty much see anything she’s willing to produce, regardless of its topic. Even if she doesn’t do the impression of her Korean mother in the gay bookstore she used to own, or talk about how you can only get ripped abs by sucking cock. Shocking? Raunchy? Not really. It’s just Margaret Cho being Margaret Cho, talking about her own experiences, and promoting positivity in a world that tends to undermine or simply ignore passionate voices like hers. And that’s pretty damn beautiful to me.

Of course if you’re more into mainstream comedy, you might want to check out the latest Judd Apatow flick, Funny People, the story of a comedian who has a near-death experience. Is it a serious film, or seriously funny? Find out on July 25 at 9:30 PM.

Finally, if you’re interested in the science behind the comedy, be sure to make it out for Albert Nerenberg’s Laughology. While philosophers and the Bible have shunned laughter, Nerenberg is convinced that it’s some of the best medicine around. Join him on July 22 at 9 PM to meet the man with the world’s most contagious laugh and see for yourself.

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