Straight white male comedians love to complain that comedy has gotten too politically correct, or “PC.”
“Too PC” is code for “People no longer think my racist jokes are funny and I’m going to blame culture instead of writing better jokes.”
The group Comedy Cunt Collective proves that you can still make hilarious, edgy, and borderline offensive comedy while remaining respectful of groups. It seems like a paradox. But every month, the group organizes a stand-up show for comedians whose voices aren’t usually respected – queer people, transgender people, people of color, disabled people, nonbinary people, the list continues. Every marginalized person is welcomed here, which is very rare in the cisgender white male-dominated comedy industry. The group places special emphasis on attracting queer feminists.
Amanda Justice, co-founder, says,
We’re all a bunch of cunts. You can look at the lineup and see, ‘Yeah, guess what? We’re going to have women talking about their periods.’ Because, guess what? Women have periods.”
She and fellow comedian Arti Gollapudi founded the collective in order to create a safe space for marginalized people to push the limits of their own comedy.
It’s difficult for comedians and artists from marginalized groups to feel welcome in many safe spaces, and many marginalized comedians have been policed by white people in predominantly white spaces for doing edgy comedy.
One member of the Collective notes that when she performs in predominantly white spaces, men often come up to her after the show to tell her what she should change about her act in order to make it more savory for white audiences.
Comedy Cunt Collective is founded on the idea that marginalized comedians should be able to perform whatever comedy they want.
The monthly shows, which take place at Bluestockings in Brooklyn, are a “safe space to fail.” Comedians here (unlike many comedians in NYC) support each other. They support each other because they each know how hard it is to succeed as a minority comic – no, as a minority, period.
To learn more, to see a show or to take the mic, head to the official website.