It’s Wednesday and we are celebrating women, queer women that are creating art, telling stories and impacting the world. Every week I am talking with a queer womxn creators/artists and sharing their story, their work with you!
Introducing Rachel Scanlon, Los Angeles based comedian who knows how to get anyone laughing. Be sure to check out her next performance and check out my interview with her below!
Javay Frye: How did you get into your genre of art?
Rachel Scanlon: I’ve always wanted to be a comedian. Thank god I’m funny.
JF: How does being a queer womxn influence the art you create?
RS: Everything that I say on stage comes from my life and experiences as a chubby, ginger, dyke. No matter what joke I’m telling on stage, it will always be told through the lens of being a gay woman.
JF: What has been your greatest work to date?
RS: My first stand up special called Rachel Scanlon is Hot & Hungry.
JF: Who are some artists/creators who have influenced you?
RS: Maria Bamford, Jen Kober, Nicole Byer, Erin Foley, Rihanna
JF: How do you feel art/content is impacting and changing the world we live in?
RS: Being able to get a room full of strangers to LAUGH is a digestible way to send a message about what you think. Sharing experiences on stage disarms people in a way that allows you to get across important messages through comedy. It’s important as a queer woman to tell my stories and make space for my voice to be heard. I think a good joke can bring people together and spark a conversation.