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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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