Justin Sayre’s show “The Meeting*” has been a hit in New York. (Courtesy photo)

Justin Sayre’s show “The Meeting*” has been a hit in New York. (Courtesy photo)

Justin Sayre convenes ‘Meeting*’ of comic minds

The meeting will now come to order. Actually, “The Meeting*” will come to order on Saturday at Oasis, led by “Chairman” Justin Sayre. The asterisk? It’s a reference to the subtitle “of The International Order of Sodomites” which Sayre jokes is sort of “a wink to our darker purpose.”

It’s the second San Francisco convening. “I had such a great time,” says Sayre of his spring debut in The City. “I got taken out for drinks and felt very famous in San Francisco.”
He’s been holding monthly meetings at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan’s Public Theater and immediately noticed a difference in the audiences.

“New York takes a little time to warm up,” he says. “Sort of, ‘All right, I’ll come to your event. Let’s see what happens.’ Last time I was in San Francisco, from the start everyone was just so excited to be out. Sort of, ‘Let’s have a ball!’ That positivity really energizes me to deliver.”

What he delivers is seriously funny social commentary from the queer eye for every guy (and gal) perspective.

The shows are scripted, but Sayre allows for a bit of improvisational wiggle room. “The great thing about live performance is that it’s not ever finished until it’s an experience between the players and the audience.”

Working within the conceit of a “the reason why I called you all together” meeting, Sayre-as chairman holds forth on a range of subjects. His persona might be described as the love-child of Oscar Wilde and Lily Tomlin’s The Tasteful Lady.

Not surprisingly, both are on his list of comedy inspirations.

Currently on the writing team of “Two Broke Girls,” Sayre recently launched his “Sparkle & Circulate with Justin Sayre” podcast on iTunes, where he gabs up Order-friendly celebs like Randy Harrison, LaBelle singer Sarah Dash or cabaret crony Justin Vivian Bond.

A visit to The Committee’s YouTube channel serves up a smorgasbord Sayre welcoming chat-show-style musical performances by Broadway artists. (Bay Area musical artists will appear at the Oasis.) You’ll also find subversively funny diatribes on weightier subjects like the “new” misogyny and gay body image obsessions.

Regardless of the media, Sayre embraces the idea that humor is often the most effective messenger of serious or important subjects: “I feel that if can get people to laugh I can get them to listen. Comedy offers a great forum to talk not only about events of the day, but about how we deal with each other.”


Justin Sayre in The Meeting*
Where: Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $20
Contact: www.sfoasis.comInternational Order of SodomitesJoe’s PubJustin SayreoasisThe Meeting

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