GROWLr Launches Livestream Entertainment Series

GROWLR, the bear social network, will begin airing live shows on its app this Thursday, May 7 with everyone’s favorite furry rapper presenting his new weekly show, Big Dipper Live. On Saturday, May 9, drag queen comedian Jackie Beat will take over the app with her one woman show, Shelter in Face, performed live from her home! Then next Saturday, May 16, comedian Varla Jean Merman continues the stand-up with her one-woman comedy show, performed live from home. More performances to be announced soon!

All shows will air on GROWLr Live, the in-app live video broadcasting feature on GROWLR (

What makes this programming different from most other performances being offered during this time of quarantine are these shows are free to viewers and they support queer artists as GROWLR isn’t asking the performers to donate their time. The app is paying them for their performances, just like a brick and mortar bar or club would do.

“With bars and clubs still closed and members continuing to follow government guidelines of sheltering in place, we decided to bring the colorful world of gay nightlife entertainment to men in their homes,” says Phil Henricks, Senior Director of Marketing at GROWLr.

In addition to offering viewers live entertainment specially tailored for the bear community, the GROWLr Livestream Entertainment Series is intended to help support LGBTQ artists, many of whom have lost their major sources of income due to the pandemic. “LGBTQ performers are an important part of the fabric of our community. We value them as artists and are thrilled to compensate them for their participation in our programming,” Henricks adds.

GROWLr’s livestream entertainment series begins this week with hour-long interactive shows starting at 9pm ET.
• Thursday, May 7, 2020, rapper Big Dipper discusses his unique take on body positivity and digital dating.
• Saturday, May 9, 2020, comedian Jackie Beat takes the stage with her hilarious show, Shelter in Face, performed in full drag.
• Saturday, May 16, 2020, comedian Varla Jean Merman, performs her one-woman comedy show in full drag.
All shows are free to everyone on the GROWLr app at
“GROWLr Live provides a safe and entertaining way for the community to be together and make new connections from the comfort of their own homes,” continues Henricks. “We look forward to announcing additional shows in the coming weeks.”

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