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Watch Woman Accidentally Come Out to Friend in Hilarious Stand-Up Set

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Even in comedy, love wins.

Well, there's no wrong way to come out.

In the middle of a Sunday night show at the Comedy Cellar in the West Village this weekend, some queer magic happened. During a set by hilarious out comedian Zach Zimmerman, one audience member surprised the whole room by coming out to her friend in a belly laugh-inducing and touching way.

"Are we straight?" Zimmerman asked the crowd at one point of his show. Only one audience member answered, but at least she answered confidently and loudly with a self-assured "yes." When he followed up, she answered with an even more confident "uh, yeahhh," laughing in "a way that was homophobic" Zimmerman joked.

A little later, Zimmerman, who had appointed Elaina the "Straight Mayor" of the show, asked her who she was with that night. "My friend," she replied. "Well, are you straight?" Zimmerman asked the friend. When the friend quickly answers "no," Elaina jumps in with a "yes you are!" And I - oop!

After a gasp from the crowd, Zimmerman clarified, "Did you just come out to her? Elaina! Is this news?"

It certainly is!!!

After being told the friend's name was Quinn, he double checked: "Quinn, you're not straight?"

"No, I'm queer, I'm Queer Quinn," she responded. (Honestly no offense Elaina, but your friend is named Quinn, of course she's a little... you know!)

Explaining why her friend didn't know, Quinn said that she hadn't told her yet beccause "she lives in Seattle."

"Wow!! And we don't have the technology to get information across the country. It's really difficult," Zimmerman quipped.

Both Zimmerman and the audience were completely shocked, in all the best ways. But no one was as shocked as Elaina. "And she was so supportive," Zimmerman joked sarcastically, imitating Elaina's reaction, "'No you're not! You better not be!' Do you want to say anything sweet and supportive?"

After fumbling with an "of course I care about you... I don't know what to say," Elaina eventually says "Like obviously, that's amazing, that's so great! I'm happy for her! If she didn't tell me before, it's ok. I'm gonna love her no matter what." Once again, love wins!

"We have to bully people into being allies, that's what this world is about now," Zimmerman joked. "No, that was beautiful." He then had a server bring a glass of champagne, "for the f****t right there."

"I've seen people at shows get into fistfights, get engaged, pass out - but never come out," Zimmerman tells Out. "I think sometimes it's easier to be honest with a stranger than someone who's known previous versions of us, so I feel very lucky to have been an unexpected part of Quinn's journey and Quinn and Elaina's friendship. Hopefully, one day, we can develop the technology to allow people in New York to communicate with people in Seattle."

Zimmerman has plenty of live shows coming up soon, so if you have someone you need to come out to, check out the dates on his website. And to Elaina and Quinn, wherever you are, we hope you have a queer as hell week.

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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.