Gay Atlanta comic stages comedy comeback

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Just as standup comedy had helped him come out as gay, and as he was getting laughs for his take on “binging in moderation,” Trey Toler experienced tragedy and left town. Well, gird your loins, gay Atlanta. He’s back.

Toler returns to the comedy he loves on Wednesday as part of A Jew and a Black Guy Comedy Roundtable at Punchline Comedy Club. The titular comics hit the stage to host Toler, as well as Malachi Blaque, Karen Hilton, OD Odell, Wellington Juku and Cassius Creflo.

The event collects clothes and supplies for Atlanta's homeless people. It also gives Toler what he needs, he tells Project Q.

“Until recently I didn’t realize how much I missed performing,” Toler says. “I love making people laugh. What most people won’t even share with their best friend, I do so on stage. I find it empowering and healing to share personal experiences on stage.”

In 2011, the young comic didn’t want to talk about his penis size. In 2012, he told us more seriously how comedy smoothed his way to coming out. Months later, he caught yet another curve in the path that sent him in unforeseen directions, all away from Atlanta.

“My mom passed away in 2013, so I suppose it’s fitting to say I’ve been to hell and back,” he says. “I’m glad to be back. I took some time off to volunteer, most recently at an orphanage in Guatemala. … Should I have said that I was in rehab, and shared a room with the fat Olsen twin? I’ll save that for my memoir.”

There were tons of lessons in his absence, and Toler was an attentive student.

“I’ve learned to embrace where I am in life,” he confides. “Even when it doesn’t make sense, there is a reason behind it. Additionally, I’ve learned comedy doesn’t pay the bills, and drinking coffee through a straw keeps my teeth white.”

Once his comedy feet are wet again, Toler has big gay dreams for the next steps in his career.

“Ideally people reading this will come to the show, and after seeing it someone realizes I should have a reality TV show,” the comic says. “Think ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ meets ‘Girls’ but gay. Once the show takes off, I’ll promote it with stand-up comedy, along with the release my memoir. Soon after, I’ll find a good guy, get pregnant, then married.”

Until then, what can you expect from his set during Wednesday’s show?

“Expect a lot of nudity and pyrotechnics.”

Trey Toler returns on Wednesday, Jan. 28 as part of the Jew and a Black Guy Comedy Roundtable @ Punchline Comedy Club, 8 p.m. Buy advance tickets online, and follow Toler on Facebook and Twitter.

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