Another fun New Year’s with Marga

Be warned: Comedian Marga Gomez wants to wrap her feisty little hands around the neck of 2009 and squeeze out the last remaining drops of life. That can only mean one thing: Sarah Palin and Tiger Woods: Please step to the front of the line.

Holiday revelers can catch the fun at “The Marga Gomez New Year’s Eve Spectacular,” which comes to life with the help of Theatre Rhinoceros, in two shows Dec. 31 at the Victoria Theatre.

Performers David Hawkins, Ben Lerman and Natasha Muse will be on hand, and Rhino’s own John Fisher takes on DJ duties.
And the theme? Digesting 2009 and generating happy vibes for 2010.

Speaking of, Gomez predicts massive change ahead. “We can look forward to America getting some sanity,” she says, “and instead of blue M&Ms, we’ll have plaid, which would really be a new direction in candy.”

Often known for her ironic, satirical bite, Gomez has been entertaining Bay Area audiences for 20 years.

But this year, the gay comic seemed to turn a major corner. She nabbed Best Comedian 2009 in a Bay Area readers’ poll and also filmed a TV special for Logo’s One Night Stand Up.

“I love being around people,” she says of performing, and credits Bay Area audiences for helping her evolve. “This community saw me grow up and allowed me to screw up,” she says, “and also to be brave and have confidence.”

They also allowed Gomez to shine — her shows manage to dive deep as much as they fly high. She credits comic George Carlin as an early influence and notes that it’s important for audiences to never “be bored.”

“Somebody should be on stage who has something original — the material should matter,” she adds. “I just love the passion of the audience and I like to play ‘in concert,’ not in comedy clubs.”

As for the upcoming bash, Gomez jokes that she often calls it “the biggest, gayest New Year’s Eve comedy show in town” — but with a twist.</p>

“All the performers on stage are gay,” she admits, “but you don’t have to be in the audience. You can feel ‘gay’ for the night but you can sleep with whoever you want afterwards.”

Actually … not a bad payoff.

 

IF YOU GO
The Marga Gomez New Year’s Eve Spectacular

Where: Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., San Francisco
When: 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 31
Tickets: $25 to $30
Contact: (415) 864-3547, (800) 838-3006, www.TheRhino.org

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