Frank Maya
1950-1995

00:43 - MTV “Half Hour Comedy Hour,” 1991
01:23 - ABC News/ Day One, "The Last Laugh” 1993
02:59 - The Frank Maya Band, 1983
03:30 - La Mama E.T.C. East Village, New York 1987 - “ranting” with gold ears
04:30 - Performance Space 122, East Village, New York 1989
06:01 - HA! Comedy Network, “The Talent Pool” 1990 - Frank’s first openly gay television appearance
06:56 - CNBC “Talk Live,” 1991
07:54 - Comedy Central, “Out There II,” 1994
09:40 - Rolanda, 1994
10:01 - Atlantic Theater, New York, “Paying For The Pool,” 1993 - "Letters from Dead Celebrities"
15:07 - Blake West speaking at The Frank Maya Memorial Canonization Ceremony, November 1995
15:59 - Atlantic Theater, New York, “Paying For The Pool,” 1993 - "Endless Love” with Al Harp

Produced by: Tim Smyth & Neil Greenberg

Special Thanks to: The Maya Family
& Frank’s lovers (in formation): John Jesurun, Wilder Gutterson, Neil Greenberg, Blake West

Footage provided by: ABC news, Comedy Central, MTV, HA! Comedy Network, CNBC Talk Live, Rolanda / King World Distribution, The Kitchen, Character Generators, Janet Maya

Off-line Production: The Kitchen

Avid On-Line Production: Water Under The Bridge
Editor: Hart F. Faber

Thanks to: Al Harp, Donna Greco, Peter Conboy, Jeremy Spain, John Masterson, Donna Herman, Ray Palagy

Compilation Reel © Tim Smyth Productions 1996

Performance, Text and Music: all rights reserved
copyright © Frank Maya 1983, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993

Frank Maya (1950-1995)

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Frank Maya (1950-1995)

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from the New York Times obituary by Stephen Holden, published August 10, 1995:

"Frank Maya, a comedian and performance artist who was one of the first openly gay male comics to gain a foothold in mainstream stand-up comedy, died on Monday at his parents'…


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from the New York Times obituary by Stephen Holden, published August 10, 1995:

"Frank Maya, a comedian and performance artist who was one of the first openly gay male comics to gain a foothold in mainstream stand-up comedy, died on Monday at his parents' home in Manhattan. He was 45.

The cause was heart failure related to AIDS, said his sister Janet.

Mr. Maya, a high-energy, hyperanimated performer who affected a sardonically hysterical tone on the stage, was born in Queens and reared in Babylon, L.I. After graduating from Hofstra University in 1972, he began his career as a singer, songwriter and poet, appearing extensively in clubs around Manhattan. He also appeared in John Jesurun's avant-garde theater serial, "Chang in a Void Moon."

By the 1980's, he had redefined himself as a performance artist delivering musically inflected solo monologues that he called "rants." Three shows -- "Frank Maya Talks," "Get Out of the House" and "Unauthorized Autobiography: An Outing for the Whole Family" -- were presented in New York spaces that included LaMama, Performance Space 122, the Kitchen and Alice Tully Hall (as part of the Serious Fun series at Lincoln Center).

In the early 90's, Mr. Maya redefined himself again as an openly gay stand-up comedian, and he became the first such comedian to appear on MTV's "Half-Hour Comedy Hour." He also starred in his own half-hour special on the Comedy Central network.

He appeared regularly at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City, and his one-man show, "Paying for the Pool," ran at the Atlantic Theater Company for eight weeks in the fall of 1993. A portion of that show is included in the recent anthology "Out Loud and Laughing" (Anchor Books)."

nytimes.com/1995/08/10/obituaries/frank-maya-45-performance-artist-and-solo-comic.html

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Note: At long last, I've begun digitizing and posting these videos of the wonderful Frank Maya - more to come.
If anyone has access to additional video to contribute, whether already digitized or not, please contact me. neil.greenberg@newschool.edu

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frankmaya.bandcamp.com/

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