Most stand-up comics can only dream of the kind of prime-time television debut that Cameron Esposito had.
The 34-year-old comedian's appearance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" started with a successful set and ended with Jay Leno exclaiming that she's "the future" and that "lesbians rule."
"The next morning people started calling. ... It might have been the greatest thing that could ever happen to a comic their first time on television, to have two late night hosts approve that comic," Esposito told CNBC. While some entertainers might have been too afraid to push their luck, Esposito made sure to capitalize on it.
"You're selling a product. It's just that the product is yourself. ... You have to be the art and you have to be the art dealer," she said. Esposito explained that standup is all about getting the audience on board with what the performer has to say.