There is something refreshing about a show that doesn't try to be anything it's not. Take The Big Gay Comedy Show, for example. It has no grand artistic theme or long, drawn out premise.; it's just a hilarious cabaret for a great cause. The show is produced by the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, and proceeds benefit local AIDS services programs. Don't mistake it for the type of benefit where you donate at the door and spend the rest of the night twiddling your thumbs. The show is something of a who's who of the gay comedy and burlesque scenes. It features Broadway star and comedian Bruce Vilanch, Comedy Central alumna and local favorite Marga Gomez, and one of the world's only gay Iranian comics Ali Mafi, as well as the Busty Outrageous Over-the-top Broads Singing (also known as BOOBS!), among many others. With this much talent on the bill, pretension would only get in the way.