Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tonight: Kevin Thornton at Canvas

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Kevin Thornton
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25
Where: Canvas Lounge, 1707 Church St.
Nashvillians may remember Kevin Thornton from his eponymous New Wave band Thornton (which later became Waves on Waves). But when he moved to Los Angeles several years ago, he shifted his focus to comedy, rebranding himself as a “gay male Oprah with a potty mouth.” (Which reminds me of a dream I once had where … awww, never mind.)

Thornton’s transition began with Sex, Dreams & Self-Control, his comic/dramatic one-man show about coming out that debuted to packed houses at Bongo After Hours Theatre in 2009. Since then, he’s worked the comedy circuit in Los Angeles and around the country, and been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. He just published his second book, The Universe Sock Puppet, and recently topped 1,000 weekly listeners for his weekly podcast Strange Dreamz. (The April 9 edition provided the answer to a question that’s been at the forefront of great minds for years now: Yes, even gay men are fascinated by Dolly Parton’s breasts.)

Check out the video above from Huffington Post’s “The Moment I Knew” project for a funny and touching video of Thornton discussing the titular topic. Though this performance at Play will focus on the comic side, he’ll be singing, and rumor has it the crowd will be treated to covers by everyone from Springsteen to Katy Perry and TLC. For tickets, visit

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