Cameron Esposito

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Cameron Esposito
Cameron Esposito speaking into a microphone. She is Caucasian, has an asymmetrical haircut, and is wearing a leather jacket.
Esposito in 2016.
Birth name Cameron Anne Young Anastasia Esposito[1]
Born (1981-10-17) October 17, 1981 (age 36)
Western Springs, Illinois, U.S.
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • radio
  • internet
Education Benet Academy
Alma mater Boston College
Years active 2007–present
Spouse
Rhea Butcher
(m. 2015; sep. 2018)
Website cameronesposito.com

Cameron Young Esposito (born October 17, 1981) is an American comic, actor, and podcaster, known for her show Take My Wife, as well as her stand-up comedy and podcast Queery. Esposito substantially focuses on topics surrounding the LGBTQ community, feminism, social justice, and the challenges faced by members of marginalized communities.[2][3] Originally from Western Springs, Illinois, Esposito resides in Los Angeles.

Early life[edit]

Born to Brenda and Nick Esposito, Cameron Anne Young Anastasia Esposito was raised in Western Springs, Illinois.[4][1] In high school, Esposito swam breast stroke on the swim team,[5] was a member of a community service group called The Marians Society,[6] and was a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program.[7] She graduated from Benet Academy in 2000.[8][9]

Esposito studied theology and English at Boston College, intending to become a social worker in Chicago.[10] While in Boston, she played rugby[11] and performed in the school's improv troupe, My Mother's Fleabag.[12] Esposito graduated from Boston College in 2004.[13]

After returning to Illinois, Esposito took a semester of social work courses at the University of Chicago when she realized did not want to be a social worker after all.[10]

Early stand-up career[edit]

Esposito began her stand-up career in Chicago, performing in various local venues, including as a regular at The Lincoln Lodge from 2007 to 2011.[14] She appeared at a number of comedy festivals, including SXSW, the Moontower, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and SF Sketchfest. To supplement her income, she worked with students in special education, as a law clerk at her father's law firm, and as a nanny.[15]

2013–present[edit]

In 2013, Esposito made her television debut on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Fellow guest Jay Leno expressed admiration for Esposito, calling her "the future of comedy".[16] She has also appeared on Conan[17] and on Last Call with Carson Daly. She also voiced "Carroll the Cloud Person" on an episode of Cartoon Network's animated show Adventure Time. The entertainment media website Consequence of Sound named Esposito its comedian of the year for 2014.[18]

In the fall of 2014, Esposito created a series of videos with BuzzFeed Motion Pictures titled "Ask a Lesbian",[19] in which she answers a variety of questions sent in to BuzzFeed staff about lesbianism. The videos also feature Butcher, with whom she has performed comedy previously.[20] In addition to touring regularly, Esposito was a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately with Chelsea Handler[21] and used to write a regular blog on the website The A.V. Club.[22] Her comedy album Same Sex Symbol was released in December 2014 by the independent record label Kill Rock Stars. Esposito appeared on Comedy Central's Drunk History as a storyteller on October 20, 2015. Esposito also co-hosts the stand up comedy podcast "Put Your Hands Together" with Rhea Butcher, which is recorded weekly in front of a live audience at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles.[23]

Unusual in the field of stand up comedy for her lack of emphasis on making an audience laugh, Esposito is known for her [24] lesbian content creation, especially hers and Butcher's television show Take My Wife, which streamed on Seeso until the service was discontinued in November 2017.[25] In March 2018, Take My Wife was picked up by iTunes and season 2 became available to the public.[26] The show was then acquired by Starz in April 2018.[27] Additionally, Esposito's podcast Queery is an interview-style podcast focusing on contemporary queer luminaries and their life experiences.[28] Queery guests have included Rhea Butcher, Lena Waithe, Tegan Quin, Sara Quin, Evan Rachel Wood, Jill Soloway, Mary Lambert, Andrea Gibson, Margaret Cho, Alia Shawkat, Roxane Gay, Trixie Mattel, and Lea DeLaria.[29]

On June 11, 2018 Esposito released Rape Jokes, an hour long standup special about sexual assault from her perspective, on her website.[30][31][32][33] The special was free to stream, but viewers could pay to download a copy and proceeds would benefit RAINN, the United States' largest anti-sexual violence organization. The special raised over $50k in donations within ten days of its release.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Sleight Luna
2016 First Girl I Loved Jasmine
2016 Operator Chloe Johnston
2016 Mother's Day Max
2017 The Hero Herself

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson Guest 1 episode
2014–2016 Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2 episodes
2014 Conan Guest 1 episode
2014–2017 Adventure Time Carroll the Cloud Person (voice) 2 episodes
2014 Ask a Lesbian Host Web series
2014–2016 Maron Zoe 5 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Server Episode: "Maya Rudolph Wears a Black Skirt & Strappy Sandals"
2015 Drunk History Herself Episode: "Journalism"
2016–present We Bare Bears Ranger Tabes (voice) 8 episodes
2016 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Liz Episode: "Roger Me Rightly"
2016–present Take My Wife Cameron 14 episodes
2017 Danger & Eggs Rad (voice) Episode: "Chill Twins/Nightmare"

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2010 Grab Them Aghast Rooftop Comedy Records
2015 Same Sex Symbol Kill Rock Stars
2016 Marriage Material Comedy Dynamics
2017 Back to Back aspecialthing records
2018 Rape Jokes aspecialthing records

Podcasts[edit]

Year Title Role
2013–present Put Your Hands Together Host
2013–2015 Wham Bam Pow Host
2013–present Comedy Bang! Bang! Guest
2014 My Brother, My Brother and Me Guest
2014–2016 How Did This Get Made? Guest
2015 With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus Guest
2016 Bad with Money with Gaby Dunn Guest
2017–present Queery Host
2017 Nancy Guest
2017 Homophilia Guest

Online[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Good Mythical Morning Guest

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nekervis, Erin (August 1, 2011). "Chicago Crush of the Month: Cameron Esposito". Chicago Sun-Times.
  2. ^ West, Lindy (August 7, 2014). "Yo, Men, Cameron Esposito Doesn't Want to Have Sex with You Either". Jezebel. Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ NPR Staff (October 11, 2014). "Hugs For Hecklers: Cameron Esposito On Life As A Lesbian Comedian". NPR. 
  4. ^ Bosch, Sandy Illian (March 13, 2008). "Western Springs native lands comedy nomination". The Doings (Burr Ridge–Darien–Willowbrook, Illinois).
  5. ^ Considine, Mike (December 5, 1997). "Lake Park places third at Upstate Eight meet: Benet". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois). p. 5.
  6. ^ Wowchuk, Stefanie (December 27, 1998). "Marians open their hearts, ears at meetings". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois). p. 1.
  7. ^ Wowchuk, Stefanie (November 7, 1999). "Seniors named National Merit Scholars". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois). p. 3.
  8. ^ "Suburban childhood experiences are comedy gold". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois). February 11, 2014. p. 1.
  9. ^ "Candidates for graduation from Benet Academy". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois). May 26, 2000. p. 7.
  10. ^ a b Borrelli, Christopher (October 10, 2014). "Comedian Cameron Esposito is on a charm offensive". TCA Regional News (Chicago).
  11. ^ Ramirez, Kaylie (May 28, 2018). "Boston Calling Day 3 Burns Out with Enigmatic Eminem Set". University Wire (Carlsbad, New Mexico).
  12. ^ Zaino, Nick A., III (June 17, 2015). "No slowing down: Young comic Esposito is 'grinding' out a career". Boston Globe. p. G11.
  13. ^ "Headliners: Week of June 14, 2015". Boston College Magazine. Boston College. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Alumni". TheLincolnLodge.com. Accessed February 1, 2015.
  15. ^ Parikh, Rima (November 1, 2015). "A Q & A with comedian Cameron Esposito". University Wire (Carlsbad, New Mexico).
  16. ^ Luippold, Ross. "Jay Leno Interrupts Cameron Esposito's Stand-Up, Calls Gay Female Comic 'The Future'". The Huffington Post, September 4, 2013.
  17. ^ Bendix, Trish. "Watch Now! Cameron Gets Gay on Conan". AfterEllen.com, August 15, 2014.
  18. ^ Pickett, Leah. "Comedian of the Year: Cameron Esposito". Consequence of Sound, December 8, 2014.
  19. ^ Habersburger, Keith. "Questions You Wish You Could Ask a Lesbian". BuzzFeed.com, October 31, 2014.
  20. ^ Star, Erika. "Lez Stand Out: Rhea Butcher and Cameron Esposito". AfterEllen.com, February 20, 2013.
  21. ^ Fathelbab, Mo. "Why Aren't You Following?: Cameron Esposito". TheExperiement.com, May 19, 2014.
  22. ^ "Who in the World Is Cameron Esposito?" TheAVClub.com Accessed January 29, 2015.
  23. ^ "Put Your Hands Together with Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher". UCB Theatre. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  24. ^ Walrath, Rowan. "With "Rape Jokes," Cameron Esposito Turns the Lowest Form of Comedy Into Something Groundbreaking". Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  25. ^ Johnson, Steve. "Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher's 'Back to Back' comedy tour feels more urgent with their TV show in limbo". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  26. ^ Lyons, Margaret. "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?". Retrieved 2018-03-11. 
  27. ^ https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/starz-acquires-take-my-wife-new-deal-1202754084/
  28. ^ "QUEERY with Cameron Esposito by Cameron Esposito on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 2018-02-23. 
  29. ^ http://www.earwolf.com/show/queery/
  30. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "The #MeToo Movement Has a Place in Comedy: Just Ask Cameron Esposito". HWD. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 
  31. ^ Fox, Jesse David. "The Comedian Who Is Taking Rape Jokes Back for Survivors". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 
  32. ^ "Cameron Esposito's 'Rape Jokes' Comedy Act Debuts Online". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 
  33. ^ Framke, Caroline (2018-06-13). "Cameron Esposito on 'Rape Jokes,' Her New Comedy Special Tackling Sexual Assault and Consent". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 

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