I Told You So

I Told You So

It makes me sad that younger LGBT stand-up comics are not as aware of the road that was paved before them by comics performing in the LGBT community. People mostly know about Wanda Sykes and Ellen who are both well established, hilarious and technically skilled comics, but who didn't start their early careers performing in the queer community. It's amazing and of course wondeful that they've enjoyed so much mainstream success, but there is a good chance it couldn't have happened without the benefit of 10-20 year of performing while closeted.

For comic Kate Clinton who has now been performing now almost 30 years, being out was not a question: she started performing in the women's community when comedy was becoming one of most treasured expressions of that community, in large part because of Kate. Comedy only requires a a microphone and folks eager to listen (and in some cases only the former) so as an art form, it was perfect for the growing movement.

In I Told You So, Clinton turns a half winking eye at the political process of 2000 through 2008 and records, not so much the personal that made it so heart rending at the same time it was hilarious, but the political. It's not easy to make fun of some of the real, well ridiculousness of the Bush years without almost instinctively flopping over into something akin to its own kind of cynicism, but Clinton never goes there. Instead, she uses wordplay, illogical logic, and a keen wit to pop the pomposity without suggesting that it could never happen again.