They're not picturing us in the audience, and definitely not onstage, even as trans comic geniuses like Patti Harrison and Jes Tom are reaching increasingly mainstream audiences. Over the next three years, I rose through the ranks as a semi-professional stand-up comic. It was a depressurizing way into what I really wanted to talk about onstage: going through life as a trans guy. I especially wanted trans people in the audience, and I wanted them laughing loudest. “But you don’t always have to tell trans jokes.