Lesbian comedian Kristen Becker to explore sexuality in America, will interview former girlfriends for film

By | September 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm | 2 comments | News, TV/Movies | Tags: , ,

Even the most casual comedy fan knows comedians need a thick skin to succeed at their craft. Night after night, a comedian’s life means they’re onstage alone, with no support, baring their soul (if they’re any good). But after peeping comedian Kristen Becker’s pitch video on Kickstarter, I’m guessing her skin is a bit thicker than that of a typical comic— and it’s got everything to do with Dykotomy,the documentary she’s planning to produce with the help of the crowd funding site.

Here’s the deal. Becker is a 36-year-old out lesbian from Buffalo, NY who’s been slinging jokes for more than 10 years. When she’s not managing Helium Comedy Club in her city, she’s visiting your city. She’s also been known to feature for Doug Stanhope. She’s also the creator of the ongoing Dykes of Hazard comedy your.

Enter: Dykotomy and my rationale for believing her skin is tougher than a crocodile’s.

For the film, Becker plans on interviewing her former girlfriends— all of which are currently in relationships with penis-having men. “You’re thinking there’s no way that all of my exes are going to want to sit down and talk to me about old relationships,” she says in the video below, “but actually I found out that not only do they want to talk, they’re rather excited to tell me all the things I did wrong and what was wrong with me during our relationship. And you get to laugh at it—at my expense, of course.”

In addition to what will undoubtedly prove to be an eye-opening, personal series of interviews, the film will follow Becker on the road during a Dykes of Comedy tour winding its way from Massachusetts to Louisiana. It’s on the road that Becker hopes to start an honest dialogue about sexuality in America. “It’s part road trip, part comedy show, part documentary, part getting drunk with your friends,” she says.

Having just launched the Kickstarter campaign today, Becker is looking for a modest $10,500 to complete the film. You’ve got 17 days to pledge, which I highly suggest you do.

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