Catch Poppy Champlin and her co-comedians Sonya White and Brooke Cartus in “Queer Queens of Qomedy” at the Funny Bone on Thursday, April 25.
buzzing when the delightfully funny Poppy Champlin is in town. Back in C’bus to perform “The Queer Queens of Qomedy” at The Columbus Funnybone on Thursday, April 25th, Poppy brings with her two additional comedians that will be sure to have audiences in stitches. Poppy recently chatted with True Media to tell audiences about the performance, a health scare and the healing touch found in comedy.
“This is the fourth or fifth time our ‘Queer Queens of Qomedy’ have come back to Columbus,” Champlin noted. “Columbus has a thriving LGBTQ+ community and we love them, so we keep coming back. Some proceeds from this performance will be going to Stonewall Columbus. My queens for this performance are the entertaining Sonya White and Brooke Cartus. White has been in the funny business for over 20 years and her humor combines her southern charm with her Chicago big city street smarts. Watch out when she throws in her impressions and sound effects she’ll have you mesmerized with laughter. Local cutie comedian Cartus has worked with Paula Poundstone, HRC and Planned Parenthood, has a blog called “Size L for Lady” and has been featured on Huff Post Gay Voices.
Champlin added, “I, of course, will also be performing. I have some new songs that we’re going to share.”
Champlin went on to explain about her recent health scare which she bravely faced with humor. “I just went through a recent cancer scare — breast cancer. It was very small, and I had a lumpectomy. I made a ton of jokes about it, and I’ve performed some of them already. Hopefully, people won’t be scared by it. Comedy is medicine and sometimes it’s the best medicine for what people are going through in their lives.”
With a career spanning over three decades, Champlin went on to explain where she finds her source of inspiration. “I believe that a comic’s mind just picks it up. We pick it up off the TV or in conversations with friends that sparks an idea to take off and write a bit or joke about it. My mind, it seems at times, almost comes off cartoony. Comedy, sometimes, just comes to people naturally and organically from life.”
Champlin added that while meeting with her doctor, one of those organically funny moments occurred. “The doctor was doing the biopsy and said, ‘You’re going to feel a little prick.’ I turned and said to him, ‘I haven’t felt one of those in 25 years,’” Champlin laughed. “Making jokes during it was not a good idea, but I did.”
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