8 Gay Comedians Discuss Coming Out In Their Stand-Up Routines

Coming out can be awkward, stressful, and at times a difficult experience — other times it’s hilarious.

1. Cameron Esposito on coming out when you grow up in a sheltered community:


2. Wanda Sykes explains that because you have to come out, being gay is harder than being black.

3. Rob Gleeson on dealing with people saying they “knew” all along.


4. Lynda Montgomery on why parents will actually be happy about your future lesbian wedding:


5. Sampson reflects on the differences between coming out in the white community and the black community:


6. Fortune Feimster on coming out to your emotionally stunted father:


7. Kate Clinton on how parents take the news in surprising ways.


8. But perhaps Ellen did it best when she expressed her emotional coming out through interpretive dance:

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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