Does your repartee sparkle? Perhaps more so with beer goggles? Ever feel it’s a waste to let so much good insight flit away into the ether?
That’s sort of what happened to college friends Tom Hausman and Josh Hall. A friendship blossomed out of their mutual failure to secure spots on the University of Maryland (College Park) college improv team (“Neither of us was actually funny enough,” Hausman says). While working together on Hall’s senior project, the idea to do a drinking talk show about queer life “came about rather organically.”
Two Beer Queers debuted last September and now has 21 episodes (they run between 40-90 minutes) and four “minisodes.” They’re on all social media or at thetwobeerqueers.com.
“The Hole Time?!: a Live Record of the Two Beer Queers” is Monday, June 25 at 8 p.m. at TRADE (1410 14th St., N.W. ground floor), their first live taping. They promise hilarity, insight, poppers jokes, at least one bad pun, audience interaction and “fab guests.” No cover. Look for the event on Facebook for details.
“Ninety percent of our nightlife experiences are at Trade, so when they reached out about having a recording there, we knew we had to do it,” Hausman says. “As our improv history might suggest, we enjoy having the spotlight on us from time to time.”
Hausman credits his friendship with Hall for making the show, which averages about 600 listeners per episode, work.
Hausman, a 21-year-old Aurora, Colo., native, came to the D.C. area in August 2014 to study journalism at the University of Maryland. He is dating and lives in College Park, Md.
Hausman graduates in May and is job hunting. He enjoys making music, baking and photography in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out sometime in November of 2013 by leaving a note on the counter and driving very fast to school. I was lucky enough to have just the most heartwarming reception. Once I was out, telling people was super easy and everyone found out just about all at once. Maybe the hardest person to tell was myself?
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe or musician SOPHIE are just absolute ICONS.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
Trade was one of my first, and I still love the atmosphere there. Nothing has it beat.
Describe your dream wedding.
Very sparkly and very queer with the man of my dreams.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
The marginalization and stigmatization of sex workers.
What historical outcome would you change?
Shangela being excluded from the “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” season three finale. I still think Trixie might have won, but it would have been a better fight.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
The release of Brendan Maclean’s (very NSFW) “House of Air” music video. I was obsessed with its ability to say “fuck it” to any sort of prudish expectations.
On what do you insist?
They’re all good dogs, Brent.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
Something about crying in a lactation room in the San Antonio airport.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“The Art of Getting Emotionally Attached Way Too Fast”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
Destroy that research and prevent it from being used.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
A good nap.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Remember where the movement came from and upon whose shoulders we stand.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
A Jackalope Dog with cream cheese and onions. It’s a hot dog made out of jackrabbit and antelope meat from Biker Jim’s in Denver.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That there have to be stereotypes! Let the people live how they want!
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Look At the Pictures,” the Robert Mapplethorpe documentary.
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Needing a specific time to start drinking. If we don’t have to define happy hour, it’s always happy.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
An Aphex Twin “Drukqs” quadruple vinyl box set from the early 2000s in fairly good condition. My most coveted possession and after the challenge of finding it, it’s definitely a trophy too,
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
Long distance relationships aren’t worth the effort, break it off NOW.
There is something magical about getting drunk a mile away from the president, you know? Especially nowadays — it’s a necessity.