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Cameron Esposito: Homecoming And Thanksgiving

CameronEAlmost a year to the day after Cameron Esposito moved from Chicago to LA, she made her late night debut on Late Night with Craig Ferguson. Coincidentally, the other guest on the show was Jay Leno. After her set, she sat between the two hosts and was praised by Leno as being “the future of television.” The L Stop was able to catch up with Cameron following her TV appearance to talk about leaving Chicago, coming out, and establishing her life in LA amongst its massive entertainment machine. After touring with Anthony Jeselnik and multiple panel appearances on Chelsea Lately, she is returning home to Chicago to headline Queer Comedy at Zanies this Tuesday, November 26th. To celebrate this homecoming, the host of the show Adam Guerino was able to ask Esposito a few questions comic-to-comic about her upcoming show.

Adam: As a nationally touring and televised comedian, what sort of feelings does doing a show back home inspire?

Cameron: I grew up in Chicago, but I also came up as a comic there. That’s like growing up twice, but with beer the second time. So yeah, I always love coming back to Chicago. Great shows. Great audiences. And it’ll always be my home.

A: When we met, we were two of a very small number of queer comedians performing in Chicago. Unarguably that number has grown, what else do you think has changed?

C: Oh good gravy, so much! I mean I am much much much older and slightly slightly slightly wiser. But also: equal marriage! In Illinois and in California and 13 other states. We’ve still got so much work to do nationally, but we are living in an entirely different era. Also: who are the queer comics you speak of in Chicago? I’m not super up on who’s around in the scene…can you name those folks so I (and the other readers) can check em out?

A: But of course! Talking queer inclusive comedy in Chicago is one of my favorite hobbies. Some folks, like yourself, have moved but others that you probably did shows with that still rock Chicago are Bill Cruz, Candy Lawrence, Bradley Thomas, Gwen La Roka, Tamale Sepp and myself whereas some newer faces include Cody Melcher, Archer Coe, Marla Depew, Amy Eisenberg and many more!

A: As a stand-up comic, you have been known for great crowd work and reading an audience–how does that translate to televised performances?

C: Generally: not at all. You have to be planned out and passed by the production team before you go on air. Of course, I also talked directly to Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson during my set on Ferguson’s show over the summer, so I’ll probably accidentally find a few ways to work my style in when I can.

CameronE2A: If money wasn’t a problem, what is your dream show? Live or televised? Who’s making it? Who’s performing it? The Cameron Esposito Show written and performed by Cameron Esposito is an acceptable and awesome answer.

C: I’m running a dream come true show at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles – every Tuesday I get to host Put Your Hands Together there – but if I can add anything to that show it’d definitely be Terminators and acrobats. You know, just throw some circus and some robots in there to spice it up. And I definitely hope to have my own tv show. I’M WORKING ON IT BUDDIES!

Catch Cameron Esposito Tuesday November 26th at 8:30pm, Zanies Comedy Club 1548 N Wells. Tickets are $15 and available at Chicago.zanies.com or at the door. Audience members must be 21/+. Two item minimum.

About the Guest Blogger

Team_AdamAdam Guerino is a writer in Chicago who works nationally as a performer and producer. He is the author of the ongoing relationship blog Boyfriend Land and the interview and storytelling blog Before The Story. He has been called a “comedian-producer-genius” by Chicago Reader featured in The Onion’s AV Club, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, Timeout Chicago, and Redeye Chicago. His production effort Outloud Chicago installs queer entertainment in mainstream venues including Queer Comedy at Zanies at Zanies Comedy Club which has been recognized as Advocate.com‘s “Shows To Support,” credited by Chicago Reader with the praise “More please” and featured in Redeye Chicago‘s “To Do,” and Timeout Chicago‘s “Critic’s Pick.” He frequently performs nationally, as a stand-up comedian, MC/host and spoken word storyteller.

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2 Responses to “Cameron Esposito: Homecoming And Thanksgiving”

  1. So excited to see Cameron Tuesday! I have been a fan since she was a cast member at the Lincoln lodge. She deserves every bit of credit she gets!

    Posted by jessica h | November 23, 2013, 3:48 pm

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