Bad Feeling Magazine: Spotlight on D.J. Mausner at Ladyfest

Bad Feeling interviewed me about my shows at Ladyfest and how I was doing after Just For Laughs. They said some nice things about me, like, "she’s woke to the current situation in the comedy scene, how she makes people laugh is so intuitive, and her stand up comedy brings to the front so clearly what you’ve been trying to express into words for so long."

In the interview I got to talk a bit about how there can (and should) be more support for marginalized folks in the comedy community. Here are some excerpts about that:

"We need to fix these things at an institutional level because they are systemic problems. Clubs and theatres need to book more women to proactively note to other women that they can and will be booked and that the environment is safe for them. Those who book clubs and shows who want to have women, women identifying, and non-binary people have the responsibility to make their spaces safe for those people–not booking known problem comedians, being public about a zero tolerance policy for harassment. Hell, their own personal politics should imply they believe those things too. It isn’t enough to say you want diversity. You have to go out in the city and scout new, diverse talent. You have to make them feel welcome. You have to listen when they tell you there’s something wrong. Otherwise you’re just another booker or comedian calling yourself a feminist because you have a girlfriend or do jokes about how you love going down on women (yawn)."

"Women, women identifying, and non-binary comedians have to have each other’s backs. Believe each other when someone says they have an issue with a male comedian in the scene. If you see your female team members getting steam rolled in improv scenes, step out and support their point of view. Stick up for them when you do notes after a set. Stop writing sketches about how funny it is for a man to dress like a woman (unless he’s actually trying to pass and play a specific character. And even then, please god don’t do ‘the voice.’ You know what I’m talking about). It’s transphobic and it alienates trans women from comedy. Tell your stand up buddy who means well that his bit is messed up. If he’s a good comedian (and friend) he’ll be happy you told him. Good comedy dudes: book more women, promote their shows. Don’t let other dudes talk shit about them. Don’t stand for clubs booking no women. Stick up for them online, in person. Message them privately asking if they would mind if you stepped in if you’re not sure."

Read the full thing here.