One of the most notable out gay comics, actor, and SAG-AFTRA activist
When you think one of the most prolific character actors, who’s also an outrageous openly gay stand-up comedian, one name comes to mind….Jason Stuart. Stuart has been making people laugh out loud with hishysterical performances all over the country since coming out in 1993. He has accomplished what few other gay comics have ever achieved: brutal honesty with humor in a world that’s not always kind. Not only is Stuart an all-out crowd pleaser, but he transcends the boundaries of race, gender and sexual orientation with his edgy comedic style. Stuart’s material about his experiences as a single Jewish gay man living in Hollywood is original, cutting edge and just plain funny!
Stuart has performed at all of the top comedy clubs & comedy festivals and hundreds of gay events & prides, colleges & universities, and even on Broadway. Since Stuart makes such a strong connection with his audience, he is in high demand by corporate programs with his lecture, Coming Out In Hollywood, on being openly gay in the workplace.
Jason Stuart has been in close to 200 film & TV shows! He has performed in LGBT events, the Montreal Comedy Festival, on Broadway, in comedy clubs and to 100,000 people at the D.C. Millennium March. Jason is in one of the most anticipated films of the year playing a plantation owner in the Nat Turner bio pic Birth Of A Nation starring Nate Parker & Armie Hammer. The Grand Jury and Audience Sundance Award winner is coming out Oct 7 from Fox Searchlight. READ Jason's HuffPo article, "Showing Up and Full of Gratitude" about working on a film that would change people's views about racism in the US.
He had his own hour cable special Making It To The Middle & 2 comedy CDs in addition to performing on One Night Stand Up, Wisecrack and Comics Unleashed, and Gotham Comedy Live to name a few. As an actor, he's been featured on House, Entourage, The Closer, Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Everybody Hates Chris, George Lopez, My Wife & Kids, and Will & Grace. On film, he’s been featured in Gia (w/Angelina Jolie), A Day Without A Mexican, Coffee Date, Vegas Vacation and Kindergarten Cop, and more recently in James Franco’s Holy Land, Ira Sach’s Love Is Strange opposite Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow & Alfred Molina and critically acclaimed Tangerine starring Mya Taylor
Stuart uses his talents as an openly gay actor and comedian to support the community by performing at countless benefits for issues from AIDS to the homeless. After recognizing the lack of support in Hollywood for his LGBT brothers and sisters, Jason co-founded The SAG-AFTRA LGBT Committee. Since 2006, Jason has been its national co-chair. He says, ”When you’re out, it supports all gay actors”. The SAG/AFTRA Committee conducted a groundbreaking survey with The Williams Institute at UCLA on openly gay actors in film & television.
For 6 years he produced and performed in the LIFEWORKS mentoring program. This gave him the impetus to create his latest project, the web series MENTOR with Alexandra Paul (Baywatch) and his mentee actor & comedian 25 year old actor/comic Paul Elia. Lastly, currently he hosts a chat show on TradioV.com, Absolutely Jason Stuart. His groundbreaking stand up comedy and his versatility as an actor make his career an amazing ride.
Lecture- JASON STUART: ShowIng up for what really matters
When actor, comedian and advocate JASON STUART came out 23 years ago on the GERALDO show, it was before Ellen, before Neil, before …. well, even before Lily! He was scared, young and walking into an industry where few openly gay men had seen success. Finding work and being out was so new, there was no playbook. Coming from a family whose patriarch survived the Holocaust had its challenges too. Go to the interview and wear a tie, his father always said in his thick Polish accent - and Jason took it to mean “Be your best self.” It all seems to be falling into place now.
Long at the cutting edge of social progress, in the last 2 years Jason has married John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in LOVE IS STRANGE (a gay marriage film), blocked trans sex worker Mya Taylor as the club manager in TANGERINE (a trans buddy comedy) and is now playing a major supporting role as a white, heterosexual plantation owner in 1831 in THE BIRTH OF A NATION (a bio pic on Nat Turner, the black abolitionist). Working on films that matter really infuses him with gratitude.
In real life, Jason is a liberal, gay Jewish man who believes in paying it forward and giving back to the world. He believes you can keep pushing open doors, that have been tightly shut, and take you place in this society to create your dreams for the future. He has stories you can learn from, laugh about and cry over. He is now speaking on being in support of #BlackLivesMatter, being openly gay in the workplace and how to treat yourself as an equal in a country that Trump wants to take back to the 1950's.