When my brother-in-law, BIll Clinton, was elected, he had gay friends. That was a coming out.— Kate Clinton
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Some women can't say the word lesbian... even when their mouth is full of one.
I want to host a religious show. I'm sure nobody will be wanting the 11 o'clock spot on Sunday morning. I think we should really get some of our own preachers and preach that gay is good. And we'd have a great choir.
I definitely want people to laugh because I don't think there's a better feeling - I think it's just so fabulous to laugh. I don't mind if people think, either. I think the brain is a very sexy organ.
Lesbians are likely to be drawn to stand-up, if only because it's cheaper to produce and therefore more accessible for women. But the very form of stand-up is masculine.
Of all sports, football seems to be the most sanctioned homosocial opportunity for straight men to be with each other, pat butts, struggle, strive, and take showers together. All that talk of tight ends and penetration. The reason there are face masks on those helmets is so that can't kiss each other.
Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything, it doesn't have to sell out.
Coming out as a lesbian onstage is still a very political act; if it weren't, more women would do it.
We really got a lot of very conservative gay people.
You could look at the figures from the last election and realize that a third of the gay movement voted Republican.
A friend of mine said, no matter what I do I always look like an English teacher. She actually said, you still look like a Campbell's Soup kid.
I consider a CD or a comedy collection as a record of what I've been doing, and I try to wrap it up and start new material.
The Administration's policy on women is often hard to see because it is written in the font size of pharmaceutical ads.
Once he became president, George [H.] Bush revealed a vein of Styrofoam and no matter how deep he tried to go, he always ended up bobbing on the surface. His inaugural speech was like being present at the death of language.
I'm really happy that I was raised Catholic because it's given me years of material.
I've always felt that a really good joke, a really good one-liner, is a really good line of poetry. It's imagistic, it's compact, there is a rhythm to it.
When women go off together we call it separatism. When men go off together we call it Congress.
Gay is when two girls get together, dance and have fun.
Each time we had a visiting writer, I asked what she thought of women and humor.
By the end of the year, I had perfected my question and asked Adrienne Rich why there was so little written about women and humor. She looked at me right in the eye and said, 'You write it.' I took that as an order.
Laughter takes the tyranny of the lies we are told and told and told and it blows them apart.
My style has been pretty much like a newspaper.
It's got politics in it, it's got media, sports, family relations, you know, all the sections you would expect, and wonderful religion things.
What goes for sex goes double for politics.
Teaching is performance art.
Moms Mabley said you have to say good things about the dead. I say, 'He's dead. Good.'
[On cloning sheep:] Oh great, just what we need - more sheep.
In his second term, [Ronald] Reagan completed the work of his first term - the rich got really rich, everything was deregulated, advocacy programs were quashed, the Savings and Loan program was trashed, the deficit was tripled, unions were busted, Housing and Urban Developing was in shambles, banks were closing, the military got lots of new toys, the religious right was strong, and AIDS was ignored.
They didn't even like Margaret Thatcher but at least there was Margaret Thatcher. There have been women, you know, Sonia Gandhi for heaven's sakes in India.
We signed up for Showtime, which I think put us on a Homeland Security list somewhere.
[On Nancy Reagan:] At one photo op press conference, she toured a crack house and decried how awful it was, yet one suspected that for our Drug Czarina it had something to do with a plaid couch.
After the Reagan years, there were only three people of color in the Republican Party. Their slogan was 'Republicans - the Other White Meat.' George [H.] Bush tried to dispel the 'whites only' image of his party, often referring to his Mexican-American grandkids as 'the little brown ones over there,' and nominated Clarence Uncle Thomas to the Supreme Court.
I'm happy to say that I'm a lesbian in the world.
I know there are people who don't want to be called women comedians, but I think it gives a path to the fact that we live in extremely patriarchal times.
Gays have always been in the military.
Alexander the Great was originally Alexander the Fabulous. A gay man invented C-rations. He claims he could never talk anyone into the cilantro garnish. Obviously, gays were not allowed to design the outfits, because we never would have stayed with the earth tones for so long.
In this political climate, people are so shut down to other ideas - I call it a hardening of the categories - that if you can get them to open up and laugh, there is a possibility of improvement, and a possibility of change. I think humor sneaks up on people, and before you know it, you're laughing at something you might not agree with.
As you can imagine I'm disappointed as anything that I was not selected to be the presidential running mate. And I find it continually appalling that it would be a radical thing to have a woman on the ticket.
[On being lesbian:] One pointer: don't come out to your dad in a moving vehicle.
A friend told me that each morning when we get up we have to decide whether we are going to save or savor the world. I don't think that is the decision. It's not an either-or, save or savor. We have to do both, save and savor the world.
John Paulk, the poster boy for 'ex-gays' was found in a gay bar in Washington.
He said he was there to use the bathroom. But nobody thought to ask him for what.
Whenever a woman describes herself as a 'post-feminist' I picture women lashed to posts. Joan of Arc was an early post-feminist.
So few people voted in the elections [of 1996] that the ones who did were called activists.
I try something new every night. It's an hour show; if it works I maybe try it a few more times and then move that off and try something new. It's a great workshop for me.