Cameron Esposito was on Last Call With Carson Daly earlier this month and the video is now available for those of you who didn’t catch it live on TV. The out comic discussed feeling like “David Bowie but a woman who is telling jokes.”Once you have stopped LOLing, I highly suggest reading Cameron’s latest column for The AV Club where she discusses “being a comic and a punchline” while participating in her stand-up set for Last Call. An excerpt:
Some of the comics going up ahead of me were also being taped for Last Call. Some were just catching a set. All of them had a least one gay joke.
Some of the jokes stated a thesis outright, something like: “You might think I look like a lesbian, but I’m not a lesbian and that’s gross.” I’m paraphrasing, but, generally, that one was told by the only other woman on the lineup, a very straight-looking gal, by my eyeballs’ estimation. Some of the jokes simply implied gayness, posing questions like, “What if my dad wanted to suck a dick?” so the audience could laugh at the very thought that a man might want to do that, which, of course, would be insane.
By the time Cameron was going on, she was following a ton of gay jokes made by straight comments.
As it was, I did my very best. Yes, I look gay, and I am gay, I said, but, as a joke with a punchline and stuff. An audience member corrected me. “No,” he said, “you look like a dyke.” I mentioned that I am engaged. “Yeah, pussy!” another fine gentleman chimed in. If you are wondering if an audience member offered me his dick, that certainly happened. And I definitely got booed when I told that audience member he could use his own dick to go fuck himself, which I’m still laughing about. I went over my time—did 10 or 12 minutes—and I found a few jokes that worked. Mostly though, I stood in front of a hostile crowd wishing I could just chat to them or yell at them or laugh with them and work the hostility out but wanting to provide the Last Call editors with actual jokes to work with. I do hope they leave that dick line in there though, because it’s genius.
Cameron is taping her new live comedy album at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR on May 30, so catch her if you can. The album will be released on Kill Rock Stars sometime in 2015, and Cameron says she thinks it’s kind of a big deal.
…Not like I’m some important thing but more just…It’s an important time for us, for people like us. It’s a very important time and things are changing so much nationally but there’s still so much important work to do, I just feel like—I know that in the future we’ll look back at this time and say ‘I can’t believe how much everything was changing.’ It’s a moment in time album. I’m very happy about that. I know when I’m getting on stage and saying things like, ‘Nationally we have so much work to do,’ I know that in 20 years, that won’t be true. We’re going to keep moving forward. It’s a great time to be working right now because we’re still in this movement. It’s a huge and exciting time.”
Let’s hope the rest of the comedy world can catch up to Cameron’s speed.