Ant: Out, proud and loud
A conversation with Ant can feel like a coy comical whirlwind. The gay comedian, most famous for NBC's Last Comic Standing and VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, is performing Friday at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg, and is also scheduled to appear in Saturday's St. Pete Pride parade. We chatted with him before his appearance.
You live in California. What are your thoughts on gay marriage?
When the gays got all upset about gay marriage, I didn't march because the marches, when gays have them, don't march anywhere. They all pass by a bar and the next thing you know the crowd is gone by half. Here's a reason I wouldn't want to get married: Who would show up at my wedding? My entire side and my spouse's would be empty because everybody we know as gays would be working our wedding. Raphael is doing the flowers. Jose and Nick and Tim and Paul would be cater-waitering. The only people who would be at my wedding would be my parents, outside the church picketing.
Do you change your routine for Pride shows?
I don't really play a lot of gay-centric rooms. I just try to be mainstream because I figure, look, gay people live in the world. If I just do one thing for one niche, I'm just eliminating myself and that sort of goes against what we as gay people are trying to accomplish, which is visibility.
St. Pete Pride highlights
Laughter in Paradise Comedy Festival 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday , Nova 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Features Ant and Christine O'Leary. Doors open at 6 p.m., with show at 7:30. Advance tickets $50, $55 at the door. Includes dinner, wine, admission to afterparty. (727) 821-6682.
Drag Queen Fashion Show Fashion artist Aleka Phoenix and the VLVT Lounge salon join to present the high end Queer Drag fashion show. A lip sync/drag performance by Lennox follows the show. 9 p.m. Friday Press 2315, 2315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5.
St. Pete Pride Promenade and Street Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday between First avenues N and S and 19th and 31st streets. Parade begins at 10 a.m. and moves through Historic Kenwood, then along Central Avenue. Festival, noon to 5 p.m. on Central Avenue from 21st to 28th streets. Features 250 vendors and entertainment on two stages, including Josh Zuckerman and Nancy Rancourt. Free. (727) 388-9435.
Rock Loud, Rock Proud Betty, performer of The L Word theme, headlines the event with Someday Souvenir. 8 p.m. Saturday, the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. $20 advance, $25 at the door. (727) 892-5202.
D-Tox Featuring Nancy Rancourt and numerous DJs. 2 p.m. to midnight, Nova 535 Art Lounge, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. $15. (727) 821-6682.