Yet, surviving and being afforded opportunities in this business continues to prove beyond challenging for most minority comics, an issue that I largely overlooked until I gained the credentials to start working weekends at comedy clubs and appearing on shows that often lead to more mainstream exposure and other things necessary to make a living as a comic, which is where I’ve often met resistance. For a while, seeking to work more mainstream venues, etc. the rejection was subtle “Oh, we looked at your stuff, it’s good, but we don’t know where to put you… wanna wait til next June when we do our Rainbow Sherbet show?” I’d politely decline and scoff to myself, “Bitch, it’s December, I have bills to pay, and I’m funny 365 days of the year, not just gay pride month.”
Sampson McCormick on always being good enough.
It’s sort of a self-perpetuating, vicious circle thing though, isn’t it? Like, the reason I tend to avoid stand-up comedy is because I’m sick of sitting there in a hall full of people laughing at homophobia/racism/sexism/etc. So I self-select myself out of the audience, while the people who don’t mind that sort of thing select themselves in, and so it goes.
And don’t think this only happens in comedy, either…