Larry Dean: Out Now!
Tackling the homophobia that remains prevalent everywhere
This article is from 2015.
After being ordered at most venues to sit in the front rows, it’s a nice change to be greeted by a pleasant young man who urges everyone to sit wherever they feel most comfortable. The looks of surprise when the host takes the mic and introduces himself as Larry Dean proves that, despite being named Scottish Comedian of the Year in 2013, he’s very much an unknown quantity.
That there is a similar response of surprise when he announces that he’s gay – despite the show title being and his previous shows focussing on his sexuality – is either indifference born of acceptance or proof that in 2015 there are still ingrained preconceptions about gender and sexuality. It’s the latter, and Dean puts this down to his appearance: a Glasgow boy with a Catholic upbringing who doesn’t visibly or audibly adhere to any (immaterial) gay stereotypes.
Dean’s routine works best when it teases at the fissures between his religious and familial roots, as well as his sexuality. Though it flounders during a section about his sexual experiences with women, he can exploit the ambiguity of being gay but not camp and demonstrating the importance of addressing culturally ingrained homophobia.
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