With the recent launch of a successful new album this past fall, “SAME SEX SYMBOL,” multiple podcasts, tour dates and an upcoming appearance at the Venetian in Las Vegas, the “purveyor of fine jokes” Cameron Esposito made the time for an exclusive interview with zoomdune.com Tuesday. The funny lady candidly discussed motherhood, her comic role models, her sexuality, and of course, her comedy career.
Cameron Esposito is all set for her stint in the Lipshtick Comedy Series, scheduled for the Venetian in Las Vegas on April 25 alongside comedic heavyweights such as Roseanne Barr, Jennifer Coolidge and Lisa Lampanelli, among others. Hailed “the future of comedy” by former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, the Los Angeles-based comic has risen among the ranks doing standup, acting and writing.
When not headlining, making talk show appearances, lending her voice to Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time,” or working as a regular on E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” Cameron Esposito is hosting two podcasts, Put Your Hands Together, a podcast version of her popular standup show, and Wham Bam Pow, a sci-fi/action movie show distributed by Maximum Fun. Additionally the comedienne has her first book arriving soon and publishes a biweekly column about life as a standup comic in The AV Club.
Esposito began her comic career quite by “accident, like I thought it was something I might want to try. I didn’t commit fully until two years in.” With comedic role models such as Maria Bamford, Sarah Silverman and Tig Notaro, Cameron revealed, “Now I cannot imagine doing anything else for a living.”
Cameron’s sexuality and relationship are a facet of her routine, because as she says below, it is who she is. The comic was out when she began standup, but not when she started improve in college. According to Esposito she wasn’t aware of her sexuality then.
During the interview we discussed Joel Grey’s recent public outing at age 82. When asked her feelings about society’s need to put a label on everything, Cameron Esposito simply said, she doesn’t worry about it.
I’m fine with being called a lesbian – that’s what I am and I don’t think it’s negative. Labels help us navigate the world. I’m a lesbian like a tortilla rolled around cheese, beans, avocado and salsa is a burrito – it’s just the right word for it.
Sorry ladies, Cameron is currently “living out a very long engagement with a wonderful woman.” While she discusses motherhood in her comedy routine, the couple is taking their time before expanding their family.
As an established and successful comic, Esposito offered a sage advice for new comedians trying to make a name in the world of comedy. The bottom line, according to Cameron, is to just “do the work.”
It can seem like there’s one thing that will make your career, like ‘If I could just open for this comic’ or ‘If I could just get on this TV show.’ It’s not one big thing that will make your career; it’s a million little things. And there’s very little magic in moving forward – only hard work. Put in the time at open mics, booked shows, and watching and relating to other comics. That’s really all there is.
Fans of Cameron Esposito have many opportunities to see her live. Visit her website for tour dates and upcoming festivals, or listen to the standup podcasts linked above.