Illustration: Hawk Krall

For comediennes at Ladylike, the monthly all-female storyteller showcase at Cafe Mustache, holding back is strictly verboten. Liz Ziner told a story about pulling out an IUD she mistook for a tampon. Brittany Meyer upped the ante with an anecdote about her DivaCup spilling during sex and turning her bed into a crime scene. Erica Clark recounted the time she accidentally sexted her dad. The tales are gross, painful, even brutal, but always hilarious—and always true. As far as I’m concerned, it’s what comedy is meant to be.