Comedy with a purpose: Cameron Esposito brings her LGBT background into her stand-up routine


Chicago-native comedian Cameron Esposito performs a comedy routine on Dec. 4 at the Maintenance Shop. Esposito highlighted her lesbian background growing up and incorporates it into her routines, embracing and representing the LGBT community. The Maintenance Shop filled a full audience of 150 seats as Iowa State’s Winterfest celebration kicks off this week.

Morgan Kelly

“The future of comedy” according to Jay Leno had the Maintenance Shop laughing til’ they cried last night, Dec. 4.

Cameron Esposito has been on a fair amount of popular television shows, including being a regular on “Chelsea Lately,” appearing on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Last Call with Carson Daly,” according to her website. She was also named one of the “Top 12 Comics to Watch” by LA Weekly in 2013, according to her website.

Alexa Hopson, senior in liberal studies, said she came because her friend found Esposito’s videos and fell in love with her a few weeks ago.

Esposito has also published a number of writings to her website that debate hot button issues like rape and same-sex marriage. She speaks freely and openly about her sexual identity in her writings and her stand-up routines, calling herself “a giant lesbian.”

In fact, some of her audience was specifically there to support her because she was a lesbian comedian,

“Shes a queer comedian, I support the queer community always,” said Jacob Linduski, senior in women and gender studies.

The crowd was a generous mix of students and employees of Iowa State, which Esposito thought was “great, but isn’t it strange? It’s like the ultimate nark session.”

She immediately began reading the audience by asking what majors a few audience members were in and then referenced the Panda Express in the Memorial Union, which was received with a thunderous roar of laughter and claps.

She pokes fun at straight culture by asking the audience, “Are there any straight people here? Oh yes, good good for you. I just want you to know, that I support you. I’m an ally and an advocate. Just to be really honest and vulnerable with you guys, my parents are straight.”

She often referenced the crowd as “just kids, who don’t know how to drink” or “little sweeties.” 

Esposito debunked some myths between what gay sexuality really is and what society has created and made it out to be. The audience, made up of many leaders in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community on Iowa State’s campus and other LGBT members, nodded in agreement.

Nautalia Black, senior in anthropology and biology, said she had seen her Buzzfeed writings and found them funny. “It’s about time somebody dispelled myths about the gay community in general.”

Black continued that Esposito answered questions about sexuality in a saracastic, yet respectful way.

“These are stupid questions she’s having to answer but she doesn’t do it in a rude way,” Black said.