The award-winning "Laughing Matters" showcases the heart and humor of four prominent lesbian comedians through intimate interviews, backstage footage and segments from their hilarious live shows. "Laughing Matters" won the audience awards for Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest in Los Angeles and Image Out in Rochester, NY. It has sold out numerous screenings, including the premiere in the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez, Karen Williams and Suzanne Westenhoefer, nationally-known stand-up comedians and pioneering “out lesbian” performers, are diverse in their styles and backgrounds, but each has dazzled audiences on stages and television screens for an average of nearly 20 years. The film was directed and produced by Andrea Meyerson. Emmy-winner Nancy Rosenblum edited the film, and "Los Angeles Times" reporter Laurie K. Schenden conducted the interview portions of the film.
History: The comedy circuit was mostly male and largely homophobic when the four lesbian comics brought their wickedly funny, biting truths to stages from New York to San Francisco. The climate for gays and lesbians was different before kd lang, Melissa Etheridge or Ellen DeGeneres came out publicly, and the comics reveal what it was like being out entertainers before gays and lesbians had access to prime time. This fast-paced, hour-long film tracks the women from childhood to coming out to creating a niche as “out” performers, rousing both gay and straight audiences.
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Bonus DVD Features: Director's Introduction, Q&A with all four comics, After Party, The Karen & Marga Quickie, Out Takes