IndyFringe: Joyous Faggotry – The Ron Popp Story

This is part of IndyFringe 2021, Aug. 19-Sept. 5 (individual performance times vary) in downtown Indianapolis. Details and tickets at

By Wendy Carson

Ron Popp is back, and his comedy chops are as honed as ever. He chose the title for this show because it sounded like something from a Tennessee Williams play.

Topics here range from how he coped with the Covid lockdown; to his favorite book as a child; to dating, marriage, and drugs.

You will also learn some fun ways to get revenge on your conservative family members without them knowing it. Also, why are guns the only thing that someone can purchase to collect in order to make others feel threatened?

As with his last show here, I am at a loss to say more about the show without spoiling his jokes. Needless to say, he will have you close to rolling out of your seat with laughter. Popp is quickly becoming one of my favorite comedians of the Fringe and you should really see him now before he becomes so famous he won’t do shows in Indy anymore.

See him at the Indy Eleven Theatre.

IndyFringe: It Gets Bitter, The Ron Popp Story

This show is part of the 15th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival, a/k/a IndyFringe, Aug. 15-25, 2019 on Mass Ave downtown. Info, etc., at

By Wendy Carson

Ron Popp is a Native Hoosier, and he says that you can tell by his accent, that he’s gay. Growing up in the small southern town of Fairland, Indiana, and attending the University of Indianapoli,s he has many fond memories of the state and its people. Still, it’s been 15 years since he’s spent time in our city and he has noticed the many changes in that period alone.

Popp deftly guides us through stories of his childhood, dating life, gay marriage (he still uses the term just because it still irks some people) and love of the theater. Between his homey insights, sharp tongue and witty cynicism, he manages to keep the audience laughing. Plus, his show has something for every walk of life.

I find it hard to give you a more detailed review without directly quoting his jokes and I know I could not do them the justice they deserve. What surprises me most is that this is his first Fringe Festival. So let me say this, let’s all give him a warm Hoosier welcome and pack the house each show for a night of laughs. Also, this guy’s going to be a major headliner soon, so you’re not likely to get this opportunity to see him in this sort of an intimate setting, at this price, again.

With performances Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (Aug. 20-21 & 24) at ComedySportz (721 Mass. Ave.), the show also makes a great palate-cleanser to help you even out your psyche after partaking of some of the more somber offerings at the Fringe.