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Closet Cases

A cathartic comedy storytelling show about the age-old tale of coming out of the closet. LGBTQ comedians and performers tell their coming out and transitioning stories hosted by Shawn Hollenbach.

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Season 2 Episode 3: David Hodorowski

David Hodorowski talks about his first kiss with a guy based on a dare, moving in with his first boyfriend immediately and his supportive mother going with him to a Matthew Shephard memorial. 

41mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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Season 1 Episode 5: David Hodorowski

David Hodorowski discusses his dad in the slammer and the touching side of coming out of the closet.

11mins

31 Jan 2010

Rank #2

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Season 2 Episode 2: Keith Price

Keith Price takes us through his obsessions with West Side Story and Wonder Woman. He talks about meeting Lynda Carter in real life and how it was coming out to his immigrant father while working during his shift at a New York City strip club.

54mins

11 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Season 2 Episode 7: Claudia Cogan

Claudia Cogan discusses her crush on Blair Warner and her biology teacher as an early teen. We also play a fun new game called "Queer or Sneer" and discuss her mom being a quick ally. 

37mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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Season 2 Episode 6: Adolpho Blaire

In this episode, Adolpho Blaire discusses being out in high school, being convinced to join the wrestling team and ultimately coming out to his larger-than-life mother in a fight over watching Madonna or Miracle on 34th Street on Christmas Eve.

57mins

8 Nov 2018

Rank #5

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Season 1 Episode 3: William Mullin

William Mullin discusses his coming out to his mother...and her dog.

13mins

14 Dec 2009

Rank #6

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Season 2 Episode 4: Michael Brill

MAC Award Winner, Michael Brill takes us through his series of revelations in his coming out story. From performing behind the pool shed with electrical pom-poms (aka sparklers) to making amends with his brother, he covers his self-discovery growing up in Staten Island. 

46mins

25 Oct 2018

Rank #7

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Season 1 Episode 6: Elizabeth Dahmen

Elizabeth Dahmen talks about her family and their own language.

8mins

8 Feb 2010

Rank #8

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Season 1 Episode 7: Eliot Glazer

Eliot Glazer tells us that he didn't come out of the closet for other people to use the gays.

8mins

15 Feb 2010

Rank #9

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Season 1 Episode 8: Scott Ryan

Scott Ryan talks about his parents outing him and the new hand sign for gay people.

9mins

26 Feb 2010

Rank #10