TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014. That makes this TELL the sixth anniversary edition!!!
Queer Black Love is the theme of the 60th TELL, on Saturday, February 15, 2020, with special guest host Elsa Waithe. Featuring stories by Calvin S. Cato, Lois Thompson, and Lamar Shambley.
Elsa Waithe is a Comedian, Actor, and Motivational Speaker from Norfolk, Virginia. She’s won the Virginia Beach Funnybone’s Clash of the Comics three times, has been featured on This American Life, and is a recurring guest on TELL.
Calvin S. Cato has performed all across the United States and has even crossed the border into Canada. His television appearances include the Game Show Network, Oxygen’s My Crazy Love, National Geographic’s Brain Games, and an unaired pilot for Vice Media called Emergency Black Meeting. His comedy has been featured in numerous festivals including San Francisco Sketchfest, Austin’s Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, Brooklyn Pride, and the Women in Comedy Festival. In addition, you may have heard him overshare on many podcasts including Keith and The Girl, The Beige Philip Show, RISK!, and Tinder Tales. In 2017, Calvin was named one of Time Out New York’s Queer Comics of Color to Watch Out For. You can catch Calvin every Monday as the host/producer of Ed Sullivan on Acid at Freddy’s Bar in Park Slope, one of the longest running free comedy shows in Brooklyn. Or you can check out the podcast he co-produces called Playable Characters Podcast, which has been featured in AV Club and Splitsider.
Lamar Shambley is a Brooklyn-born educator with experience teaching middle school math and high school Spanish. He’s the Founder and Executive Director of Teens of Color Abroad, a nonprofit program that provides local high school students of color with language immersion study abroad programs.
For the past seven years Lois Thompson has produced and hosted Blacklight Comedy Show at The Brooklyn Moon. Always an all-female line-up, Blacklight has become a must-do stage for NYC and visiting comedians alike. Since 2016, she has also produced the comedy portion of the Brooklyn Pride Celebration. When she not busy finding funny people, Lois helps people find their place in the world through real estate.