But, the landscape is changing, and stand-up comedy is no longer the total sausage fest it used to be. That's why when I get asked about being a woman in comedy, I can honestly say, "It's fucking great!" Because you know what, it IS! Walking on stage and making people laugh and forgetting about your own issues for a while is an awesome job to have. But, at no point during the walking/talking/joke-making process have I run into a problem that could only be solved by smacking it with a penis. While some of my jokes might relate to being a woman, the bookers don't need to ask me to drop my pants before hitting the stage.
The stand-up comic and writer Sunah Bilsted agrees, "I don't walk on stage thinking about my gender; I walk on stage thinking about what I want to say and why I want to say it. I don't stomp up there thinking, 'Here comes a pair of tits and a vagina, get ready everyone!' I'm proud of being a woman. I don't try to hide it. But, if I could choose? I'd want to be seen as a human first."