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Trentham (foreground) and Camp have created quite the little stand-up scene.
Trentham (foreground) and Camp have created quite the little stand-up scene.

Fort Worth actor Kyle Trentham has a resume that includes theater, film, and TV, most notably shows like Barney, Wishbone, and Walker Texas Ranger. Onstage he recently appeared in the drama The Fifth Sun at Rose Marine Theatre. But he’s always had a passion for stand-up comedy. One of his proudest moments as a comic was winning first place for most offensive comedy act at an open-mic show at The Chat Room Pub on the Near Southside. The top prize was a four-foot-long inflatable penis.

“Stand-up comedy is terrifying,” he said. “It can be a cliquey thing and very cutthroat. Comics get their feelings hurt easily, and they can be mean-spirited. But they’re quick to forgive.”

His desire to open up the intimidating world of local stand-up –– and hopefully make it a little more supportive –– led him to co-create It Only Makes Me Laugh, a comedy open-mic competition that happens every Tuesday night at Best Friends on East Lancaster Avenue. The evening is produced by QLive!, the performance arm of Q Cinema, the Fort Worth lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film festival. Trentham is artistic director of QLive!; Todd Camp, who co-founded Q Cinema, is the other force behind It Only Makes Me Laugh. Camp and Trentham co-host each Tuesday night competition.

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