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The Groundlings Theatre is going gay for a day

October 11, 2010 |  2:52 pm

Groundlings The Groundlings Theatre -- one of the top live-comedy spots in Los Angeles -- said that it will "go gay" for a day to show its support for the defeat of Prop. 8, the law that prohibits same-sex marriage in California.

Organizers said that Groundlings members and alumni will host a one-night event of gay-themed sketches and improv acts on Nov. 2. All of the proceeds from the performance will go to the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a nonprofit civil rights group that has been active in the gay-marriage debate.

In August, a federal judge in California overturned Prop. 8 on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. The ruling is currently on hold as an appeal works its way through the courts.

The Nov. 2 event will include appearances by Tim Bagley, Jordan Black, Patrick Bristow, Stephanie Courtney, Rachael Harris, Mike Hitchcock, David Jahn, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Charlotte Newhouse, Jeremy Rowley, Lisa Schurga, Mitch Silpa, Alex Staggs and others.

The theater said that tickets for the event are $50 and that "cocktails will be provided."

A major player in the live-comedy scene, the Groundlings Theatre regularly produces shows at its space on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Some of the organization's alumni have gone on to star on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," including Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Kristen Wiig, Chris Katan, Maya Rudolph, Chris Parnell and more.

-- David Ng