When comedian Alex Bozinovic steps on stage, he’s coming out over and over again.
For the audience, it’s confessional and personal. For Bozinovic, it’s nothing new. He’s been leaving a piece of his sexuality on the stages of Detroit’s comedy venues since 2014.
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By the end of his set, Bozinovic wants to make sure you laugh and have a good time. But there’s a bigger picture he’s trying to frame with his jokes that range from dating older men to difficulties donating blood as a gay man.
“My goal ever since I started doing stand-up was to talk about being gay with the same kind of casualness that straight people approach being straight with,” says Bozinovic. “If you’ve seen my set, it informs a lot of what I talk about on stage.”
Bozinovic sought out comedy as a creative outlet that didn’t require forming a band or a company of theater actors to make something happen. With stand-up as his performance art, It’s just him on stage with his microphone and his jokes.
“A lot of us feel like we’re not really heard off of a stage, but we want to be heard. Being on a stage forces people to listen to us and hear us.” — Alex Bozinovic, comedian
It takes a lot of practice and a lot of vulnerability, says Bozinovic, who uses comedy to connect with audiences even if they don’t agree with his sexual identity.
Preview: Alex Bozinovic, uncensored, at the “What’s So Funny About Detroit?” comedy showcase last year.
“That is the most complex part of doing stand-up,” says Bozinovic. “Humor definitely opens up those lines of communication and helps people relate to one another a little bit better.”