The Lavender Scare with Alysia Brown, Jes Tom, and Zach Zimmerman

WED // DEC 01 // 09:30PM

Beginning in the 1950s, the U.S. government went into a moral panic over “the homosexual menace" — a stunning straw man erected in the era of McCarthyism, when queers and Communists were considered a subversive threat seducing unsuspecting Americans into a life of moral decadence. This panic was known as "The Lavender Scare." But in an era of Pete Buttigiegs, gay Bachelors and Pride-themed FBI logos, perhaps the straights have become too comfortable. It's time for a new homosexual menace to terrorize the moral center of our country.

The Lavender Scare is an irreverent exploration of LGBTQIA history, much of which has been summarily douched from the annals of history, hosted by Gabe González. Each show features three guest comedians whose perspectives inevitably show us how these histories and shared community experiences reverberate into our present. We'll see performances, play a few games and the evening culminates in a queer trivia face-off between our guest comedians and three audience members.

This month's lineup:

Alysia Brown

Jes Tom

Zach Zimmerman

Host Bio:

Gabe González is a Puerto Rican comedian, writer and actor living in Brooklyn, NY. He was born and raised in Central Florida.

Gabe can been seen on Season 4 of The Last OG, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and the HBO Latino documentary Habla y Vota. He was also featured in Brooklyn Magazine’s '30 Under 30’ in 2017, Time Out New York’s ‘Comedians of Color You Should Know’ in 2018 and his pilot ‘Los Blancos’ was a winner at the Yes And Laughter Lab in 2019. He’s written and produced videos for places like MTV, Mic and Remezcla and performed stand-up all over NYC, as well as venues in Baltimore, Los Angeles, Richmond and Washington D.C.

You can find his latest work as the host of the Queerty Podcast from the Forever Dog network, a writer on the most recent season of MTV's "Decoded with Franchesca Ramsey” or on Scruff’s live queer trivia show “Hosting,” where he writes and hosts weekly shows focused on LGBTQ+ history, sex and pop culture.


Doors 9:00 PM, show 9:30 PM.
Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door.


No outside food or drink is allowed.


As we re-open we're doing everything we can to keep our audience, performers, and staff safe and are complying with all Covid regulations.

As part of this, all attendees must present proof of full vaccination to enter. Proof can be via the New York State Excelsior pass, a physical copy of the CDC card, a photo of your CDC card, or other electronic record of vaccination includes name and date (e.g., some chain pharmacies have an app with this information). In all cases the name must match that on your photo ID.

Our full Covid policies can be found here.


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