As much as Sam Jay made me laugh and relate, there were also major moments of cringe that I simply couldn’t ignore.
You’ll find odes to Lily Tomlin and Ellen Degeneres with only the occasional nod to comedy notables like Moms Mabley, Wanda Sykes and Margaret Cho, making queer comedy look like a whitewashed dyke party. You won’t find much evidence of the many queer comedians of color who are well-established, wildly successful and wonderfully, deliciously funny. Here’s a very incomplete list of some of those comedians.
Fortune Feimster’s long-overdue solo hour-long stand-up special is even gayer than you hoped it would be.
Queer comedians have been using their unique perspectives to provide scathing, riotous commentary on everything from politics to pop culture for decades.
Lex Smithers, Brittani Nichols, El Sanchez, Gaby Dunn and I all talk about Hannah Gadsby’s new Netflix special, “Nanette.”
Heather Hogan chatted with Cameron and Rhea about touring as a married couple, their #1 selling comedy album, and what’s next in their plan for global domination.
Would you rather be drowned in Jello or suffocated by cheesecake?
These comedians’ answers will surprise you, and you definitely can’t find any of this stuff on Google.
The album isn’t actually moving, you guys. That’s part of a DeAnne Smith joke, and one of my favorites. Anyway get this album!
Just two days before marrying fellow comedian Rhea Butcher in her hometown of Chicago, Cameron Esposito invited a whole bunch of strangers to her bachelor party, otherwise known as her first standup special.
“That’s right!” I shouted, feeding off their energy. “Clap because I’m gay!”
Tig is a story about losing love, family, and comedy and then finding them all again in places you never would’ve thought to look because Jesus Christ, you’d never want to.
“I’m so tired of our stories being saturated in death and martyrdom. What’s lacking in the way our stories are told by the media is our joy. This is an entire show where we’re sharing laughter. That’s heart medicine.”
Potatoes, bisexuals, cat crafts, Ellen Page, feminist echo chambers, Mars, swimming, Dear White People, life lessons, rituals and spells, racism in the newsroom, movies, the sex talk, teen pregnancy, cookie butter, other things, stuff you’ll like, words to read, pictures.
At one point Cameron characterizes Chicago as optimistic and Portland as specific and “Same Sex Symbol” perfectly embodies both of those things.
“LANGUAGE MATTERS. In the same way a racial slur brings back a SLEW of painful memories for me and a reminder of the entire history of those words and what they have meant to people and how they have been used to hurt people. I was wrong and it’s important to accept when you’re wrong.”
Straight people really like the tell it to my balls joke, I think.
Elicia Sanchez is a stand-up comedian living and joking in Seattle though this week she has temporarily relocated to Angelus Oaks as part of the talent line-up for A-Camp.
Lesbian comedian Erin Foley’s new album “Lady with Pockets” is worth your time.
Mo Welch is a fascinating comedian with a fascinating Larry Bird obsession.
Aparna Nancherla is this week’s comedy crush and her worst nickname is for sure worse than yours.