Standup comedian, actor and writer Thomas Dale is a star on the rise. Get to know him and his take on the world as he prepares to bring his stand up shine to the Atlanta Improv this weekend.
Out and proud, Dale (top photo) says that a universal concept that “funny is funny” trumps a queer sensibility in comedy, but he agrees that as gay rights laws swing in our favor, gay material finds increasing acceptance among audiences. In his act, he freely discusses being gay in a big Italian New York family to equally big laughs from straight and gay crowds.
But it’s his ability to marry warmth and brutal honesty that has won over fans on TV and across the country. Regular spots on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” have made him one of the new breed of comedians to watch.
Local queer funny man Ian Aber hosts Dale’s Atlanta shows Thursday through Saturday at Atlanta Improv. Aber caught up with him to ask about his virgin visit to the ATL and find out a little bit about what makes him tick. See how it all comes together to inform his comedy in the video clip at the bottom of this post.
What are your thoughts or expectations about Atlanta and its gays?
I have never been to Atlanta, and am looking forward to it. I know nothing about its gays (laugh).
What can we expect in a Thomas Dale comedy experience?
My comedy experience is very fun, and people always tell me they had a lot of fun watching my set.
You appear regularly on “Chelsea Lately.” How has that impacted your career?
Yes. It has helped me get more work and opportunities.
What is the one thing you could you not live without?
How do you spend a day off?
Hiking or laying in the park.
Who is your diva and your ultimate male celebrity crush?
Hmmm I think [the divas] are all pretty great. My male celebrity crush as a teen I'd say was Justin Timberlake.
Who are some of your favorite comedians?
Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Joan Rivers and Natasha Leggero.
If you could play any role regardless of race, gender or age , what would it be?
An Egyptian Pharaoh.
If 13-year-old Thomas could see you now, what would he say?
“Thank you for not giving up.”
What questions are you always asked in interviews?
When did I know I was gay, how did I tell my family? Those questions are not my fave by the way.
What questions do you wish you were asked in interviews?
I love the 13-year-old Thomas question you asked. I thought that was really cool.
Thomas Dale appears at the Atlanta Improv Thursday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m. and Friday-Saturday Sept. 27- 28, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Gay Atlanta’s own Ian Aber hosts. Click for tickets.