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For This Gen Z Comedian, Being Funny Is Part Of Being Jewish

Cam Godfrey is having a bit of an identity crisis. After earning her degree in graphic design and creative writing from Cleveland State University this month, she’s now on a mission to discover life without the label of “student.” After all, being in school is all she’s known for more than 20 years. While she navigates her new identity as an adult in the working world, one thing remains steady: her comedy career.

As many of her peers stayed up late to study or hit the bars, Godfrey was out and about on school nights to hit stand-up open mics and improv stages throughout college. Now, her comedy career, which she began less than three years ago, is on a fast-paced upward trajectory. She’s already one of the most sought-after young comics in all of northeast Ohio. Thanks to her quippy, sometimes shocking, and brutally honest delivery style, Godfrey won Rookie Of The Year (2023), Improviser Of The Year (2023), and Sketch Performer Of The Year (2024) at the Cleveland Comedy Awards, among other accolades. Plus, she appeared on the nationally acclaimed Don’t Tell Comedy stage, and frequently appears at Cleveland’s Imposters Theater, working alongside director Michael Busch, who’s previously appeared on Conan, Key & Peele, and Community.

Many comedians fight for years to receive any recognition at all — especially women comedians, who make up only 26% of the profession, per Zippia. Needless to say, Godfrey’s early-career success is a major slay for countless reasons. 

While she’s known for joking about life on a metropolitan college campus and divulging scandalous anecdotes about her previous relationships and unrequited love, Godfrey also shares a deeper part of her identity onstage: her Jewish faith. 

“I think that ‘funny’ is a Jewish trait,” Godfrey tells Her Campus in an exclusive interview. “Not that you have to be Jewish to be funny, but it helps … There is a shared history of trauma in the Jewish community. I think a lot of minority groups have that, a huge shared trauma that breeds humor.”

But talking about her religion is not a shtick for Godfrey. “The things I say on stage about being Jewish are directly linked to my experience as a Jewish person,” she says. The comedian likens her sets to Rachel Bloom’s work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a TV show, in Godfrey’s words, about an “extremely neurotic, extremely funny Jewish girl and her mental health journey.” She doesn’t make being Jewish a punchline, but rather a throughline when talking about funny moments in her life.

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With college out of the way, Godfrey is ready to take her talents outside of Ohio. Keep an eye out for clips of her sets on your TikTok and YouTube feeds and — one day, she hopes — on Netflix. “It’s a long ways away, but [a special] is what I’m working toward,” she says. 

Perhaps even more importantly, Godfrey is intent on lifting up other women and femme voices in her regional comedy scene, booking underrepresented comics onto shows any chance she gets. Her message to young comedians is one she’s learned herself coming up in the scene: Find your niche and your people, and good things will follow.

Maria Serra is the SEO editor at Her Campus Media, providing updates to evergreen content across all brands including Her Campus, College Fashionista, and Spoon University. She also writes new fashion content for College Fashionista, foodie finds and shopping tips for Spoon U readers, and sex and wellness stories for the HC girlies. As a certified emo girl, it’s no surprise that her previous work includes a wide array of music stories. In the recent past, she served as the assistant editor of Alternative Press magazine where she interviewed her favorite groups including The Aces and The Maine. She also worked with music PR firms including 2bEntertainment, and served on campaigns for rockers such as My Chemical Romance and Mod Sun. Currently, she works as a freelance writer with idobi Radio where she shares music and alternative news with fellow pop-punk lovers. She is planning to expand her work into the freelance world with everything from modern rock tunes all the way to more sex and wellness works. After all, she does have a minor in human sexuality and is quite proud to have that necessary and cool academic background. In her free time, she is a stand-up comedian, sketch performer, and improviser in the Cleveland area working primarily with Imposters Theater. Additionally, she is a dog mother to a perfectly round chihuahua-pug named Bobbie who has four teeth but is still a delightful companion nonetheless. She is debating on whether or not Bobbie needs her own TikTok account… we’ll see. mariaserra@hercampus.com