Is openly gay comic Cameron Esposito destined for stardom?
By Roy Steele
I was reading a gay blog and this one particular post said something like “you have to look at this video now because this is a gay comedian who is very funny and will make you laugh so hard so watch it now and you will laugh until your belly hurts” blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
I’m a rebel and when I’m told I have to do something, my first reaction is to do the opposite. If a blogger is tells me I have to watch a video, I usually don’t. I will read the text that accompanies the video, and will read any comments, so that I can assess whether it really is a “must see” video, and then I move on. That’s why I never mandate that any visitor to this blog has to watch my videos.
Since that particular blog demanded that I watch a video, my inner rebel kicked in and I said "hell no," and I didn’t click play.
Now that I clarified that for you, I have another confession to make. Like many other people, I love comedy and I love to laugh. I love to make other people laugh too. I regularly listen to comedy podcasts, enjoy watching sitcoms, stand-up specials, comedy round-tables, and secretly watch silly comedy films.
I consume a great deal of comedy, and my favorite comics are smart men and women who do more than make me laugh, they also make me think about the larger issues they address in their comedy. Louis C.K., Alan Carr, Eddie Izzard, Tig Notaro, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Craig Ferguson, Julian Clary, Key and Peele, Isy Suttie, Todd Glass, Alec Mapa, Marc Maron, and Judy Gold, are comedians that I think are at the top of their game.
I could add ten to fifteen more comedians to that list, but I’m not writing about them, and I will save that for another day.
I was visiting a gay news website that had an article about the same comedy video that I rejected watching earlier, and the headline said “Lesbian comedian Cameron Esposito has delivered an amazing put-down to homophobic hecklers.”
I don’t know if you know who Cameron Esposito is, but I didn’t have a clue. The part of the headline that made me reconsider my earlier decision to not watch her funny video, was the fact that Cameron silenced “homophobic hecklers.” I thought to myself “now that I gotta see.”
In this 3 minute clip, Cameron Esposito kills it. She’s cute, she’s funny, she’s smart, she’s articulate, and she does indeed annihilate a homophobic straight male heckler.
“I was walking on stage not too long ago, and before I even hit the mic, this dude sitting in the front row just yells at me ‘you look like a woman who doesn’t sleep with men!’
He yelled that at me like as if I don’t know. He yelled that at me like it was going to be a surprise, and an insult.
Here’s the thing: I look like a woman who doesn’t sleep with men because I am a lesbian… and that’s one of the biggest parts.
This look, this is on purpose. To attract women.
So if you’re a guy out there, and you’re like ‘I’m not sure if I’m into that’, to you I say sir, there is no chance that you are less into me than I am into you.”If you don’t know about Cameron Esposito, search for some of her sets on Youtube. Her network television debut was on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, about a year ago, and she was beyond brilliant.
Cameron grew up in a Chicago suburb, attended parochial schools, and graduated from Boston College. She writes a great bimonthly column for A.V. Club that’s entitled “Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito,” hosts the Put Your Hands Together podcast, and she’s engaged to be married to a fellow comic. You can also find her on Twitter at @cameronesposito .
Pay attention to this kid, because she’s going places. And if you haven’t watched the video embedded above yet, watch it now, as I have to admit that I’m glad I watched it myself (and over 230,000 others have watched the video too).
I have a hunch that this smart and funny lesbian is going to join the ranks of those comedians I listed up above.
This kid is going to be a star.
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