10 Hilarious Queer Comics to Watch Out For

Stand-up comedy is a tricky subject for a marginalized audience. Though we may all know queer icons like Ellen DeGeneres, Margaret Cho, or Tig Notaro, queer comics can seem to be few and far between. And in the age of #MeToo, when we are realizing that many comic icons like Louis CK and Bill Cosby are sexual predators, we are more aware that mainstream comedy does not represent minority communities than we ever have been before. Worse still is the fact that despite queer comics being underrepresented, cis-heterosexual comedians still place us as the punchline to homophobic and transphobic jokes that are often horrifyingly violent, such as Tracy Morgan’s homophobic tirade in which he says he would “stab” his son for coming out as gay, or Lil Duval’s appearance on variety show The Breakfast Club when he joked about killing a sexual partner if he found out she was trans. The occurrence of disparaging jokes against the queer community is not limited to just these two examples, either–it is disturbingly common and routine in sets from non-queer comedians to presumably non-queer audiences.

 

When comedy is so dominated by cisgender, heterosexual white men, queer and non-white audiences sometimes have to look a bit harder to find good comedy that they can not only split their sides laughing at, but also relate to on a more personal level. As a consumer of comedy, being queer can make you feel as though you are the butt of a decades-long, painfully unfunny joke, or worse yet, make you feel distinctly unsafe in a comedy audience that laughs at the use of homophobic or transphobic slurs, or at the threat of violence against the queer community– even when used in a joking manner. As a young, queer, non-cis woman, and as a routine consumer of stand-up comedy, I have spent so much of my time feeling viscerally uncomfortable due to the commonality of anti-queer material in comedy sets. So, I’ve looked for my comedy elsewhere, and found some amazing queer comics along the way that I’ve shared below. Without further ado, these are my picks of the best queer comics that you may or may not have heard of.

 

Rhea Butcher

Where you can see their work: check out their website for live dates here. You can also listen to them co-host the weekly stand-up podcast Put Your Hands Together with wife Cameron Esposito on iTunes.

 

Janine Brito

Where you can see her work: check out her website for live dates here.

 

Sam Jay

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Where you can see her work: check out her website for live dates here. You can also listen to her debut album, Donna’s Daughter, on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, or Google Play, and check out her set on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup.

 

Joel Kim Booster

Where you can see his work: check out his website for live dates here.

 

Solomon Georgio

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Where you can see his work: check out his website for live dates here. You can also listen to his debut album, Homonegro Superior, on iTunes, Spotify, or Amazon.

 

Natasha Muse

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Where you can see her work: check out her website for live dates here.

 

Emma Willmann

Where you can see her work: check out her website for live dates here. You can also listen to her host weekly podcast Secret Keepers Club with comic Carly Aquilino, and weekly podcast Inside the Closet with comic Matteo Lane. Both podcasts are available on iTunes. You can also check out her set on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup.

 

John Early

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Where you can see his work: check out his website for live dates here. Early is also known for his work on Netflix shows Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.

 

Eman El-Housseini

Where you can see her work: check out her website for live dates here.

 

Sabrina Jalees

Where you can see her work: check out her website for live dates here. You can also check out her set on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup.

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