Kate Clinton hosts The Outies for Out & Equal
November 9, 1947 |
Buffalo, New York
|Genres||Political Commentary, Comedy|
We really got a lot of very conservative gay people. You could look at the figures from the last election and realize that a third of the gay movement voted Republican.
I'm really happy that I was raised Catholic because it's given me years of material.
I try something new every night. It's an hour show; if it works I maybe try it a few more times and then move that off and try something new. It's a great workshop for me.
Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything, it doesn't have to sell out. Coming out as a lesbian onstage is still a very political act; if it weren't, more women would do it.
They didn't even like Margaret Thatcher but at least there was Margaret Thatcher. There have been women, you know, Sonia Gandhi for heaven's sakes in India.
I want to host a religious show. I'm sure nobody will be wanting the 11 o'clock spot on Sunday morning. I think we should really get some of our own preachers and preach that gay is good. And we'd have a great choir.
I definitely want people to laugh because I don't think there's a better feeling – I think it's just so fabulous to laugh. I don't mind if people think, either. I think the brain is a very sexy organ.
A friend of mine said, no matter what I do I always look like an English teacher. She actually said, you still look like a Campbell's Soup kid.
I'm happy to say that I'm a lesbian in the world. I know there are people who don't want to be called women comedians, but I think it gives a path to the fact that we live in extremely patriarchal times.
Some women can't say the word lesbian… even when their mouth is full of one.
When my brother-in-law, BIll Clinton, was elected, he had gay friends. That was a coming out.
My style has been pretty much like a newspaper. It's got politics in it, it's got media, sports, family relations, you know, all the sections you would expect, and wonderful religion things.
As you can imagine I'm disappointed as anything that I was not selected to be the presidential running mate. And I find it continually appalling that it would be a radical thing to have a woman on the ticket.
Lesbians are likely to be drawn to stand-up, if only because it's cheaper to produce and therefore more accessible for women. But the very form of stand-up is masculine.
We signed up for Showtime, which I think put us on a Homeland Security list somewhere.
I consider a CD or a comedy collection as a record of what I've been doing, and I try to wrap it up and start new material.