Even in progressive San Francisco, sex has long been a myriad of things: forbidden, secret, casual, liberating — and now, with Luna Malbroux's new monthly show, Live Sex, it's something to laugh at. A comedienne and Louisiana native, she's also an advocate against racism, sexism, and homophobia — plus her personal psychic considers her the love-child of Tyler Perry and Oprah. We caught up with Malbroux at PianoFight, the Tenderloin venue that is the home of Live Sex, to discuss sex, comedy, and how she got them in bed together.
Crystal Sykes: What is Live Sex?
Luna Malbroux: Live Sex is an experience where audience members can really engage [in] conversations with actual sexperts as well as laugh along with comedians and explore everything about sex in the Bay Area.
CS: What compelled you to put this show together?
LM: As a little girl, I would watch Dr. Ruth, Talk Sex with Sue Johanson, Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew, and all that. I went to school to be a sex therapist, then went to Columbia and [got] my master's in clinical therapy. When I came [to the Bay Area], I wanted to get my doctorate in human sexuality, but I ended up kind of stepping away from that.
Over time, I got involved in comedy. A comedian told me to write about what you love. I was like, “I really love sex!” I really wanted to do a show where I highlighted everything in the Bay Area and all of the different experts we have out here.
CS: What do you think you're bringing to sex education that you don't think was here before?
LM: In a city like this, people are a little bit more politically correct. My humor is all about the intersectionalities of identity. I think that's what's different about Live Sex. It's not just a sex show, it's not just a comedy show about sex. It celebrates everyone. I don't want it to be heteronormative. I don't want there to be some token “this is the gay show.” This is sexuality — everything happens. There's politics, interpersonal relationships, love, friendship — all under the umbrella of sex and sex education.
CS: So how personal do you get in your shows?
LM: I get really personal. Most of my jokes, unfortunately, have come from real-life experiences. I'm a black woman that's queer. I experience a lot of different things with that. I talk about being objectified and exotified a lot as black woman in my standup. When I was in Louisiana, this guy was trying to hit on me. We're getting into his car and he plays Bone Thugs-N-Harmony because he thought that was going to get me to sleep with him. That's one of my favorite jokes. It's sad because it's not actually a joke. And [this] was in 2015, so…
CS: Your first show sold out. What was that like? How was the audience? Were they engaged?
LM: One thing that I believe in is always engaging audience members. You're not just watching a show, you're participating in it. The first show, we had a cuddle therapist and he led the whole audience in an exercise where everyone was hugging and swaying together.
CS: What's next for Live Sex?
LM: I think the sky's the limit as far as topics and concepts go. The next show is about sex ed. We'll actually have a counselor and do a little game show with the audience to see if they really know about sex ed. We're going to have comedians come in and talk about their own experiences. I really think the next level is just finding a way to bring more people into the conversation. Our catchphrase is “Come. Laugh with us.” You can do those two things separately, you can do them together, but you gotta do those two things.