‘Queery’ pod­cast changes the con­ver­sa­tion

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An­other way that Es­pos­ito and Butcher com­min­gle their queer­ness with com­mu­nity is through Es­pos­ito’s hour-long pod­cast, “Queery.” The show is for­mat­ted where she has dis­cus­sions with other LGBT peo­ple, in­clud­ing Butcher, in the first episode.

“Our fans, the ones who watch our tele­vi­sion show and come to see our stand-up, they are from all back­grounds,” Es­pos­ito Cameron Es­pos­ito and Rhea Butcher’s 21-city ‘Back To Back’ tour hits At­lanta’s Va­ri­ety Play­house on Oct. 3. (Pho­tos by Robyn Van Swank) said. “One thing that I have the abil­ity to do is talk to them in a way that is in-group con­ver­sa­tion. So of­ten, when I’m in­ter­viewed, it’s by a straight per­son. The ques­tions about my queer­ness are the same ques­tions – like ask­ing about my com­ing out story. But when queer peo­ple talk to each other, we ask ques­tions like ‘How is your fam­ily?’ or ‘What’s go­ing on with your job?’”

Butcher said the pod­cast feels like a com­pan­ion to their TV show, and added, “She’s try­ing to go the step be­yond the com­ing out story. We both value those sto­ries and it helps kids that are try­ing to come out. But we also want to tell the sto­ries about what it’s like to be a work­ing per­son and in a re­la­tion­ship and tak­ing risks and how does your be­ing queer af­fect all of that? Those are valu­able con­ver­sa­tions to have.”

So what was it like for Butcher to be in­ter­viewed by her wife?

“Some­one once asked Ge­orge Har­ri­son what it was like to be in The Bea­tles,” she replied. “He said, ‘I don’t know. What is it like to not be in The Bea­tles?’ I guess what I’m say­ing is we can best be de­scribed as ‘The Bea­tles.’”

The ladies have fond mem­o­ries of At­lanta, in­clud­ing the time Butcher came to visit Es­pos­ito when she was film­ing “Mother’s Day” with the leg­endary di­rec­tor Garry Mar­shall. They booked a lo­cal venue and did their standup for Mar­shall, the film crew and the pub­lic. Mar­shall passed away a short time later.

“One thing that makes At­lanta a great place to spend time in is the great lo­cal cul­ture all around you,” Es­pos­ito said. “And the mem­o­ries that we have there make us ex­cited to come back!”

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