Comedy, Talks Plus

Tyler Oakley's Slumber Party

When: Thu., July 9, 7:30 p.m. 2015

If you’re not one of Tyler Oakley’s seven-million-plus YouTube followers, his video “100 Things I Did in 2014” will bring you up to speed, albeit without explaining how a quirky gay kid from Michigan became a powerful “digital influencer” who’s met with President Barack Obama, interviewed the First Lady and hosted the MTV Fandom Awards. A self-described “professional fangirl,” Oakley started broadcasting his life online circa 2007 via DIY videos discussing boy bands, LGBT advocacy and lots in between. As The New York Times reported last month, some of Oakley’s young fans have admitted he’s “the very first gay person that they have ever seen.” Admirably, the 26-year-old has upheld that responsibility by raising in excess of $1 million for The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Launched in a limited format last year and now retooled as an international tour, Oakley’s “Slumber Party” brings his YouTube antics to the stage in a sleepover-themed show enhanced with behind-the-scenes stories, interactive games and animal-inspired onesies.

Price: $29.75-$39.75