Lynnee and Silas of notorious dyke punk band Tribe8 are on tour again, ten years later, this time minus chicks and guitars. Both writers, directors, and musicians, Silas is a real musician/director and Lynnee is a poser. Silas makes 50-Cent videos and Lynnee is an improv comic. Silas is poignant and handsome, and Lynnee is funny and ugly. Always disarming, alarming, and keeping you on your rocker boot toes, both trace queer history, examining its impact on their lives as transmen today, with interdisciplinary comedy and theater.
Breedlove’s solo show, “Confessions of a Poser” is part of Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show by Lynn Breedlove, the print form of both his solo shows that have been touring the world the last five years. The book is out on Manic D Press, September 1, 2009. This is his book tour.
Lynnee Breedlove’s all new solo show, Confessions of a Poser is a comic look at men’s bodies, the mystery of the purple dick, legacies and how to use them, family, the impossibility of manhood, and the evil drive to feminize. He's been told it's "Too many props for standup,” and “Too many punchlines for theater." Lynnee pays homage to feminists, who taught him we can hang together or hang separately, and how to tie a tie, and to his Dad, who taught him how to be a man by killing things and eating them, duties Breedlove happily juggles with those of a budding Buddhist. Buckets, knives, and body parts are still integral to the show. Weirdly, his biggest fans are straight white men.
Silas Howard’s brand new one-man show, Thank you for Being Urgent is a textured tale of a transman coming up in the queer punk world of San Francisco and spilling into the crappy and exalted glitter of Hollywood. He searches for true tales of fierce outsiders and re-imagines the mainstream. Our hero begs sanity from mystery man, Mr. Hollywood, through playful and plaintive letters, ruminating on desire, shame, and the infinite loopholes in the American Dream. Traversing serendipitous heights and punishing ironies, Thank you for Being Urgent chronicles burlesque dancers with dementia, tranny jazzmen and film executives, using archival photos, monologue, charm and never before seen clips from the film.
SILAS HOWARD, (writer, director, and musician), co-directed his first feature, By Hook Or By Crook, with Harry Dodge. The indie classic was a 2002 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL premiere and five-time Best Feature winner, distributed on Wolfe video and continuing to air on the Sundance Channel.
Howard's screenplay, Exactly Like You, (co-written with Nina Landey), is a Nantucket Screenwriters Colony fellow and finalist for the 2005 Sundance Filmmaker's lab. Duly Noted, producer Effie T. Brown's company (In The Cut, Real Women, Rocket Science) picked up Exactly Like You in 2007. The project was selected for the 2007 Film Independent Directors Lab and Fast Track Program with the Los Angeles Film Festival. Howard's first short documentary, What I Love About Dying, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
For eight years, Howard toured nationally and internationally with his band, Tribe 8. The notorious punk band released four full-length recordings on Alternative Tentacles and was featured in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Interview, Billboard, Elle and The Los Angeles Times.
Howard's music videos have aired on MTV and LOGO, as did his first short musical, How do I Say This? (2008), co-directed with Michael Bodie and made for MTV. Howard's writing is featured in the anthologies, "Without a Net: Growing Up Working Class" and "Live Through This ", as well as the artists' journal, "LTTR."
Howard received an MFA in directing at UCLA and was awarded the Kovler Family Fellowship in Film & Television, the Wasserman Film Production award and twice, the Motion Picture Association of America award. Howard was twice nominated for a Rockefeller award.
He teaches in the literature and visual arts department at UCSD.
Breedlove, ex-Tribe 8 singer/lyricist, 1990-2005, is author of the novel Godspeed, now a short film, featuring Adroc of the Beastie Boys and Leslie Mah of Tribe 8. A feature length script went to the second round at the Outfest Screenwriter’s Lab and awaits production. His new book, Lynnee Breedlove’s One Freak Show is out on Manic D Press in September. He is currently writing a political memoir with his mother, How I Became an American Anarchist: from Hitler to Obama in 70 Years. He has been touring comedy solo shows on gender for five years in six languages on two continents. His writing can be found in Good Advice for Trendy Young People; Word Warriors; and Lips, Tits, Hips, Power.
Rise Above: the Tribe 8 Documentary chronicles the lives of the band Tribe 8, which Silas and Lynnee founded with Leslie Mah in 1990, Tribe 8 was winner of the 2005 Heritage Award for Creativity by the SFLGBT Pride Committee.