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DEC 12: KEVIN JAMES THORNTON

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Kevin James Thornton

Kevin James Thornton has built up a huge fan base online with his hilarious, personal and sometimes embarrassing stories about growing up gay in a religious community. His anecdotes are recognizable for young and old. He has over 2 million followers on Instagram and TikTok, totaling over a billion views. 

Kevin James Thornton has an impressive career, working on films and music in addition to comedy. Around 2000 he started as a musician in several bands, including Waves on Waves, Thornton Had A Sword and queer-folk band Indiana Queen. He also made the rock musical Lights on the Radio Tower. He also made films such as Summon Without Sorrow, Stranger Hearts and How To Get From Here To There, and the podcasts American Queer and Dead Reckoning. 

Between 2009 and 2012, Kevin James Thornton toured theater festivals and comedy clubs with three successful one-man shows, which were received very positively. Showbiz Chicago called his show “intimate brilliance”, and NUVO Indianapolis thought it was “memorable and moving”. Articles about Thornton also appeared in The Huffington Post, The Advocate, The New Yorker and Cosmopolitan.