Jes Tom: Less Lonely
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Jes Tom: Less Lonely

Jes Tom: Less Lonely NYC Reviews and Tickets

(157 Ratings)
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Edgy, Relevant

About the Show

A solo comedy about sex, gender transition, and the search for love at the end of the world.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (49)

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63 Reviews | 8 Followers
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Everyone should go see it. Go get inspired by the reflections Jes has on their life. You’ll leave the show inspired and curious

Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with the topic of sex being talked about (nothing visual in the performance).

94 Reviews | 32 Followers
Refreshing, Relevant, Funny, Clever

See it if You like stand-up comedy… even if you don’t, go and be educated! I certainly learned a lot!

Don't see it if You identify with more than 2 of the following adjectives: white, straight, religious, conservative, republican.

145 Reviews | 29 Followers
Inspiring, Healing, Unapologetic, Bold, Confident

See it if you’d enjoy a beautiful reminder that who you are now doesn’t have to be who you’ll always be; you like stand up & contemporary queer jokes

Don't see it if your definition of the queer community involves gatekeeping regarding what it means to be a real member of a specific subset of LGBT+ Read more

50 Reviews | 1 Follower
Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to laugh really hard.

Don't see it if No reason not to!

524 Reviews | 134 Followers
Masterful stand-up by a real charmer

See it if Hilarious low-key comedy from a talented storyteller. A gender-fluid Asian American gives us laughs and touching tales of family.

Don't see it if The very funny Jes sustains over an hour of stand-up on the stage - quite an achievement. It's a charming story of self-discovery.

658 Reviews | 103 Followers
Super queer, super asian

See it if On a pessimistic search for love from a very queer trans Asian American. Their trans and sexual experiences over time.

Don't see it if Explicit sexual and trans/queer content, stand up, solo show aren’t your thing. 75 minutes; no intermission. Read more

71 Reviews | 11 Followers
Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love stand-up comedy, millennial humor and fun sex stories!

Don't see it if You are looking for a play!

90 Reviews | 8 Followers
Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy live comedy

Don't see it if you want a show with acting

Critic Reviews (7)

New York Theatre Guide
December 14th, 2023

“Tom is undoubtedly an affable, confident storyteller, though their ripe script provides a lot more space for them to inhabit, not just tell, the story as performances continue. For a text inherently about the human desperation for a Great Apocalypse Love, Tom could build more suspense within their dating and romantic incidents rather than matter-of-factly delivering the outcomes of breakups, though their final epiphany is lovely.”
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December 18th, 2023

“Part of what makes 'Less Lonely' such a success is the audience...This show is for the girls, the gays, and theys, and Jes Tom gives us everything we could want...During the show, they create a space where queer and trans people can get together and laugh at the ridiculousness of our lives, where we can feel like our experiences are finally the ones getting talked about with nuance and in graphic detail, where we can laugh together instead of being left out or laughed at, and perhaps most importantly, a place where we can all feel a bit less lonely.”
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December 17th, 2023

Jes succeeds where some other bio-storytellers fail. Jes’ secret is being comfortable in their own skin to relate intensely personal experiences yet create a sense of universality, or community, that envelops the entire audience. You may not always agree, but chances are good you will be laughing with Jes, and not at Jes. As Jes puts it, “Most of my material takes at least two semesters of gender studies to truly understand.”
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December 11th, 2023

“One of the things I’ve learned during the still ongoing that the secret to great stand-up comedy is being able to both relate one’s singular experiences yet create a sense of universality that envelops your audience. In short, we need to laugh with you, not at you.”
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December 11th, 2023

“Throughout the taut, topical 90-minute set, Tom emerges as a disarmingly innocent-seeming tour guide of a decidedly adult journey to personal and sexual fulfillment.”
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Pages on Stages
December 26th, 2023

Why should gender and sexuality be separate, unchangeable boxes that don’t grow and change with the rest of us? We can be any mix of identities on this planet without being a contradiction. Jes Tom stands on stage in front of a theatre full of strangers and tells their story in a way that makes us laugh, even if at moments we identify with them so strongly that we also want to cry. My takeaway was that you don’t have to be 100% anything to have your identity be 100% valid.
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Off Off Online
January 2nd, 2024

"As a comedy show, it’s fine. As a portrait of a person perpetually in want, it’s haunting."
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