Cameron Esposito On Bobcat Goldthwait, Everyday Things And Her New Seeso Special ‘Marriage Material’

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Mark your calendars accordingly, because 2016 will be the year of Cameron Esposito. The 34-year-old comic came out swinging in 2013 when she made her television debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and since then, she’s appeared on many other late night talk shows, variety programs like @midnight, and podcasts. Her first comedy album, Same Sex Symbol, was released to critical acclaim in 2014.

But that was then, and this is now, a “now” that includes two films at Sundance (Sleight and First Girl I Loved), a third at SXSW (Operator), and a fourth featuring a who’s who of acting talent and directed by Garry Marshall, Mother’s Day. If that’s not enough, Esposito is also working on a new sitcom with her wife and fellow comedian, Rhea Butcher, for NBC’s new streaming comedy channel, Seeso. The same platform that will soon debut her first hour stand-up special, Marriage Material, which was filmed just two days before her and Butcher’s wedding last December.

It’s three months late, but congratulations on getting married.

Oh gosh, I will take it! You can tell me that for a while.

You had two films at Sundance and a third, Mother’s Day, due in April. 2016 is becoming the year of Cameron.

2016 is a really big year. Yes, that’s true. I was also in a movie at South By Southwest, I’m making my own original show right now for Seeso with my wife, I sold a show to FX, I’m writing a book… shit’s crazy right now! Shit is crazy.

Do you even have any free time?

I haven’t had free time for years. That’s the truth. If you do this job, it’s a night job. And it’s a day job. It’s an all-the-time job. I think that most people who commit to being a stand-up… all of your other stuff kind of goes away. It’s a real lifestyle. What’s happening now is there are more eyeballs on the stuff that’s happening, as opposed to just me getting on planes and performing for one hundred or a thousand people at a time. It’s starting to actually make things that lots of people are going to see, so that’s a huge change.

Was Marriage Material already in the mix, or was that something that came about after you met with Seeso?

The special was already going to be produced by a production company called New Wave, and then Seeso came in and asked to buy it. They already had the show that we were working on and they wanted to special to go with it.

A lot of comics are releasing their specials on streaming services now, especially because they have more control. Was this the case with Marriage Material?

Yes, I think. I mean I think… I don’t know. Obviously this is my first special so I don’t know what it was like before, but I will say across the board, doing comedy right now is a really exciting and bizarre experience. We have a ton of control over our lives and our products. Also, there’s a huge demand to make stuff. As fast as you can churn things out, you can figure out something to do with it. I don’t just mean that it’s going to go on Comedy Central or Seeso or anywhere you even know. I mean you can tweet every hour, on the hour, and you can record a video and put it directly up. It’s just a very different time. Every comic is sort of their own network right now. You don’t want to flood people, but as much content as you can create, there’s a place for it. It’s a wild time to be working.

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