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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Jun 24, 2019.

In L.A., you ain’t shit

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I was in Iowa City last week for a festival. My big sister traveled there with me—I flew to Chicago and she drove me to Iowa so we could spend time together and because she rules. Iowa City is home to a huge university with a Girls-approved writing program and those crumbly, red brick buildings of which so many campuses are fond. It’s quaint as hell.

I was almost too relaxed stepping onstage...

Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Mar 26, 2019.

Getting it right

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Rhea Butcher and I walk into Mississippi Studios for a sound check. It’s around 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday in January and the sky outside is gray and heavy and spitting that bullshit non-rain that doesn’t soak you but leaves you freezing.

Rhea’s my opener—and Portland, home to Mississippi Studios, is the eighth stop on our rock club tour to support the release of my most recent album. We spaced...

Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Feb 18, 2019.

It’s a sensitive issue

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I was on a train—a CTA Blue Line train—with my then girlfriend. Maybe this was five years ago. I was in my late 20s and my girlfriend was much younger, just out of college, and I’d just returned from two weeks on the road. My ex had ridden a westbound train to O’Hare Airport to meet me so we could ride an eastbound train back home together.

We were three stops in, standing across from one...

Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Feb 17, 2019.

A strategy guide for stand-up comedy’s boss level

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I’m on a plane to Austin to perform at Cap City Comedy Club, a club generally held to be one of the best in the country. It’s my first time headlining there. The last time I was at Cap City it was 2009 and my then-girlfriend and I were in Austin to visit college friends.

I had just opened for Tig Notaro during her run in my hometown of Chicago, and she happened to headlining at Cap City the...

Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Dec 16, 2016. 22 comments

Marriage: Year one

Marriage: Year one

We’re on a plane to Hawaii. You’re one row behind me, messing with your phone, posting photos or something like that. We couldn’t get seats together so we’re sitting tandem. Tomorrow night we perform in Honolulu before setting off on a weeklong honeymoon. We tried to honeymoon last year, closer to the wedding, but work kept us at home. Instead, we’ll mark our one-year anniversary with time...

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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Nov 29, 2016. 24 comments

Cameron Esposito is back to answer all your questions

Cameron Esposito is back to answer all your questions

My last A.V. Club column was published on June 5, 2015. Just about three weeks later, the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality. I didn’t write about it. It was busy time and, in my mind, I let that be the reason I stopped writing the column. I was engaged and planning a wedding, working on selling two television shows and a stand-up special. I shot four movies that summer. I told myself...

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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Jun 05, 2015. 24 comments

Bye for now

Bye for now

I’m at home in Los Angeles for a full 10 days—one of the longer stretches I’ve had in town over the past two years—and so I’ve had more time than usual to think. Which is perfect, because last week I saw something I can’t shake from my brain.

I was at Sasquatch, a music festival thrown two hours east of Seattle at this outdoor venue called The Gorge that’s built right up against this—would...

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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito May 22, 2015. 24 comments

The road to equality

The road to equality

I’m mid-tour on a packed spring run. I’ll play 22 cities in four months, most of them clustered in May and June. I was in Denver last week, headlining Comedy Works, and stopped for a night at WiseGuys in Salt Lake City on the way back to L.A. This weekend I’ll drive to a gorge in the middle of Washington state to play the Sasquatch Music Festival. Well, we will.

My opener on the tour is Rhea...

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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Apr 24, 2015. 24 comments

The Scarlet Lesbian

The Scarlet Lesbian

I kissed a woman for the first time when I was 20 years old. I attended a college in Boston where it was very hip to be an activist; we had a term for it: social justice-y. Whoever had the greatest number of safety pins holding their backpack together was king, that kind of place.

It was a Catholic school, and I was studying Theology with vague aspirations of becoming a priest. Of course,...

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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Mar 27, 2015. 24 comments

On fighter pilots and their baby bumps

On fighter pilots and their baby bumps

About a year ago, a strange thing happened to me: For the first time, I began to imagine having a baby. Not raising a kid or parenting—I’ve always wanted to parent a child, and my non-comedy work experience only confirmed this. I worked in special education and loved it. Then I was a nanny for several years and my nannykid ruled. I’ve already helped raise some kids, which was very cool though...

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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Mar 13, 2015. 24 comments

The three questions

The three questions

I’m on my way to Baltimore for a show after several weeks at home, the longest stretch I’ve had at home in about two years. Tonight’s show kicks off the start of my spring tour—I’ll be back on the road through June, at least—and I’ve been doing press to promote the various stops along the way.

Press is appreciated. Press says, “Hey, I’m relevant,” and press helps sell tickets. It also offers...

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Cameron Esposito Cameron Esposito Feb 27, 2015. 24 comments

An interview with my dad: Catholicism and coming out

An interview with my dad: Catholicism and coming out

Not long ago, I was home in Chicago performing at a beloved local treasure called The Hideout Inn. The Hideout’s owner, a guy named Tim with enough Chicago soul to fuel a thousand Bluesmobiles, brought me out with a beautiful introduction—he spoke of my grind coming up in that city and claimed me as a Chicagoan forever. I walked out to some serious hometown applause. Familiar faces dotted the...

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