Mary Jane French

Pin-up by Tristan Wright
Issue 53 • July 2017 • Richmond
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It ain’t easy building up a DIY comedy scene from your living room, but Mary Jane French is going to clear out the couches to make sure it happens. A tireless performer and event organizer, she has been doing stand-up routines since she was 18, only pausing temporarily after accepting her need to transition from male to female. Her quick-witted, irreverent humor draws heavily from her experiences as a trans woman, offering audiences permission to both laugh at and reflect on sometimes difficult subjects like bottom surgery, gendered self-loathing, and other absurdities of life.

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Photography by Tristan Wright

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