“Growing up, Manish Vaidya used comedy for survival. “I was this scrawny Hindu, queer, closeted, disabled kid in Catholic school in a really white town where one of the main extracurricular activities was the KKK,” the artist and community organizer says. “I do not know how I would’ve made it through without cracking jokes,” they add. (Vaidya is non-binary and prefers the gender neutral pronoun “they”).
As the cocreator of Peacock Rebellion, a Bay Area group of artist-activist-healers, Vaidya brings together queer trans people of color (QTPOC) for creative workshops, events — and a very unusual comedy training program.”
Read the whole article, How a Closeted Queer Kid Created a Comedy Community here.
Learn more about Devi Vaisya’s project, Brouhaha here.