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James Lórien MacDonald

Comic Trans – Stand-up comedy as soft resistance


In this stand-up performance with interruptions in the form of a lecture, stand-up comedian and transgender man James Lórien MacDonald presents trans activism as popular entertainment. Can a joker be trusted as an activist source? Is laughter hostile? What are the responsibilities of a minority comedian to their so-called "community"?

James Lórien MacDonald (b. 1977) is a Canadian-Finnish comedian, performance artist, and writer. His solo showGender Euphoria has been performed in 4 countries, and he runs Helsinki's Feminist Comedy Night and Punch Up! clubs. His current work straddles practice in popular art forms, such as comedy and larp, and using these as a sites of queer resistance.