Melbourne funnygirl Geraldine Hickey (pictured) has recently confirmed what it seems many of her fans already knew – she’s come out of the closet.
“I came out in Adelaide, at (fellow comedienne) Hannah Gadsby’s Pony Club, a late night show. The theme was ‘Boy or Girl’. I thought I’d write some material around it, and thought ‘well I may as well just come out’. I’d always maintained I’d been into boys but truth be told, I’m kinda into girls as well,” Hickey told the weekly comedic PoofCast in iTunes.
“I’ve started wearing a tie,” she laughs. “And it feels so liberating and free.”
It seems others recognised Hickey was gay before she did, so she now says she’s compiling a list of signs she may have missed. “Things like – I look good in purple. And growing up, I played a lot of softball. Or when I go drinking with Josh Thomas I let him pick up the tab!”
She adds: “Ever since I came out, a lot of people have said ‘I always thought you were, but then I’d watch you on stage and you’d start talking about cock.’ So now I’m having to write a lot of new stuff. But I might tell a few of my old jokes and then say ‘no that’s bullshit, I’m wearing a tie and comfortable shoes, of course I’m gay, I’m just too lazy to change my jokes!”
So how have other lesbians responded to Hickey’s coming out? “I’ve had no action,” she concedes. “I thought after my shows they’d be girls coming up to me all the time going ‘oh my God it’s so good that you’ve come out’, but nothing. Well it’s early days yet.”
See Geraldine Hickey in action on stage below.