Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Celebrates out lesbian comics Kate Clinton, Karen Williams, Marga Gomez and Suzanne Westenhoefer
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Year: 2004
Duration: 60 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Andrea Meyerson
Starring: Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez, Karen Williams, Suzanne Westenhoefer

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Laughing MattersLaughing Matters celebrates out lesbian comics Kate Clinton, Karen Williams, Marga Gómez and Suzanne Westenhoefer, pioneers on stage in the 1980s and 90s. Interspersed with clips of their performances, they talk about growing up, coming out and getting started in comedy.

Williams and Gómez touch on issues of race and ethnicity. All talk about the effects of Ellen DeGeneres on being identified as lesbian comics and the political and social changes in atmosphere over the years.

Westenhoefer in particular tells us that she started out with a purpose to be openly gay in front of straight audiences and say the things that nobody would say. Gómez does personal comedy and couldn’t be this personal unless she was out.

All very funny ladies, and it’s great to see more of them. The dvd also includes footage of the premiere of the film and the Q&A session that follows with the comics. (AB)