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Friday, April 20, 2012

Yesterday's Male Ironworker Is Today's Female Comedian -- Morgan Leads Girl Junk

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM


Joey was a career ironworker in New Jersey who suffered a two-story fall on a job site that left him near death. Yet as paramedics showed up and co-workers surrounded him, his chief concern was not dying. It was being cut out of his clothes, which would reveal shaved legs and toenails painted red. For decades, Joey had been living a lie.

Today Joey is living truly, as Morgan. The accident - a fall from the 28th floor to the 26th, was horrific. A cable prevented the fall from being six more stories yet caused a lacerated liver. Other injuries included 20 breaks in arm bones, and multiple breaks in the pelvis. Morgan now has a rod in her leg, along with eigh carriage bolts.

"I had to fall two stories as an iron worker to realize how precarious life is. That was my wake-up call that was when I realized how quickly your life can change," says Morgan.

Morgan is a professional comedian and storyteller who appears tonight at Viracocha in a variety show called Girl Junk, the first in a monthly series.

Also appearing are poets Wonder Dave and Blythe Baldwin, as well as puppeteers Adam McGoughling and Kent Townsend. Female comedians include Morgan, Casey Grimm, and headliner Natasha Muse.

Until seven years ago, Morgan was Joey.
  • Until seven years ago, Morgan was Joey.

Morgan is also working on a documentary called Girl Junk.

"It's about promoting acceptance and awareness, and about the fact that it's ultimately good to be your authentic self," says Morgan.

Morgan appears Monday at Stage Werx in a show called Qcomedy. She leaves after that for two shows in New York.

"After that I'm going to take a nap," says Morgan.

Morgan is in her seventh year of being a woman.

Morgan's life -- and humor -- are astonishing.
  • Morgan's life -- and humor -- are astonishing.

"It's wonderful, it's a challenge, and it's a challenge because of people's ignorance and the stuff that they're afraid of," she says. "People are afraid of stuff they don't understand - perky boobs and a man voice is really hard for people to wrap their head around."

Morgan took a lifetime of challenges and made them funny. We admire her bravery and her ability to poke fun at herself. Life is hard, and the requirements that we are all supposed to live up to are strict. We applaud her finally living life on her own terms.

Girl Junk starts at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday, April 20) at Viracocha, 998 Valencia (at 21st St.), S.F. Admission is $10.

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