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Dana Goldberg returning to ABQ to host 12th annual Southwest Funnyfest

Although Dana Goldberg lives in California, the comedian has never forgotten her roots.

Albuquerque native Dana Goldberg will return for her annual comedy show, Southwest Funnyfest.

The New Mexico native is coming back to Albuquerque for the 12th iteration of her annual Southwest Funnyfest on Saturday, Sept. 8.

This year, she teamed up with Equality New Mexico for the event.

“It’s really important to me, especially with the political climate we’re in, to work with an organization like Equality New Mexico,” Goldberg says. “Since the New Mexico AIDS Services closed their doors, I wanted to work with an organization that helps all New Mexicans.”

As in previous years, Goldberg is bringing a few friends to put on the comedy show.

Gloria Bigelow

Joining her on stage this year will be Gloria Bigelow, Bridget McManus and Suzanne Westenhoefer. These women have performed all over the world and have been featured on Showtime, Comedy Central, “Late Night With David Letterman” and “Last Comic Standing.”

“These women are all fantastic,” Goldberg says. “The Funnyfest audience is one of the most open audiences I perform to. It’s also a very forgiving audience in that it’s so diverse. The audience is happy to be there to support a big community event.”

Goldberg has become a national touring comic and been on shows on TBS, Logo and “Last Comic Standing.”

Bridget McManus

She also uses her comedy work to help out humanitarian efforts and raising more than $20 million for LGBTQ equality, women’s health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

Suzanne Westenhoefer

In New Mexico, over the course of Funnyfest’s run, she has raised over $50,000 for New Mexico AIDS Services.

Goldberg’s return home will be filled with plenty of relatives and friends.

And she will keep her routine down-home.

“I was born and raised in Albuquerque, and I have a connection withe the people,” she says. “I’ll be talking about new relationships and family. The way I see it, funny is funny. My sexual orientation becomes second to all of that. The fact that I’m gay or Jewish, as humans, we are all going through the same human experience. If I can bring levity to that, it gives a lot of people permission to laugh at that.”

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