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What have you been doing since we last saw you? I've been
touring, doing political work, I'm doing the Democratic national
convention, I've built a website about same-sex marriage for
people looking to sign petitions and get motivated.
Gay marriage is a big issue in America and features in your
stand-up comedy. Yes. Half of my show is devoted to the
realisation that this is a civil rights issue. Sexuality is not really
as mutable as people would like to think. Nor is it something
that should be changed to fit societal rules. Society, especially
in America, is wrong. We are actively discriminating against
a group of people when we're supposed to be the freedom
fighters of the world. There's no way we can claim that title
when we can't even have freedom within our own borders.
This hypocrisy is unbearable and needs to be changed.
Rosie O'Donnell had a public commitment ceremony as a
political statement. She's somebody that I've admired for a
long time, I'm so happy she got married in public, and also it
makes sense. She's been with her partner a very long time,
they have children together, they have a very solid life together
and the idea that this couple that is a family anyway does not
have the right to get married is really ludicrous. The sexuality
of the partners in the relationship matters less that the quality
of the relationship. That's got to be the focus.
And you are married? I am, I've been there for the last year and
a month. Before, it never occurred to me that there was anything
important about the institution. When I did get married I realised
there was a very significant change in the way that I lived my
life, and the way that I viewed my husband and how I viewed
the world. I saw the inequality that was so blatant. Why is this
not available to gays and lesbians? And that's when I really
started the political drive to get same sex marriage as a reality.
Has marriage mellowed you? If anything it's made me feel
more socially responsible for whatever happens in the world. I
want my family to live in a world that's worthy of it.
A lot of your material was based on being single, sexually
adventurous and dysfunctional. Is it hard to find material now?
Most of the dysfunction I see now is with the world. But also my
own personal dysfunction hasn't gone away. Because I've
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become more stable in a relationship hasn't changed my
edginess -- my ability to talk about things candidly. I think that's
always going to be there.
Is LA nightlife the same now you're married? (Coyly) I think so,
I think it's recovered.
Because you were wild. And I'm still wild, but more during
Do you have any girlfriends who wish you weren't married?
Oh no, I still go out with them, and my political work keeps me
in the loop, and I'm often on the road ...
You are so sweet on the phone but on stage you can be full on.
(Laughs) It's about being a woman performing on stage in a
male environment and having to have this kind of burly and
strong exterior as a stage persona. Actually, I'm a soft
touch, and a fairly nice person. Not to say that I'm not nice
on stage but I have to emulate a warrior energy that I don't
You have a lot of feminist and gay material -- from if men had
periods, to sexual practices such as fisting and S&M. What's
your favourite bit in the show? Gosh, there's so much it's hard
to pick. "They say that gay marriage will destroy family values.
But who gets their values from their families in the first place?"
It's a fun show, I'm proud of it, I'm glad that it's out there and
going well, and there's more coming.
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