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Review: Jes Tom: Less Lonely is More Fun Than I’ve Had in Ages
December 11, 2023, 9:15.12 pm ET


Photo: Samantha Brooks

By Brian Scott Lipton

One of the things I’ve learned during the still ongoing pandemic – primarily thanks to Netflix – is that the secret to great stand-up comedy is being able to both relate one’s singular experiences yet create a sense of universality that envelops your audience. In short, we need to laugh with you, not at you.

For Jes Tom, a self-described queer, trans Asian-American, that might seem like quite the parlor trick, but Tom pulls it off brilliantly in their hilarious 75-minute solo show “Less Lonely,” now at the Greenwich House Theatre. Even their explanation of the show’s title – one of the first “jokes” -- provides the kind of major laughs we don’t get enough of in theater these days. Continue reading...