Oxygen Orders Female Comedian Docu-Series 'Funny Girls'
by Megh Wright The Oxygen network — home to such television treasures as Killer Couples, I'm Having Their Baby, and My Shopping Addiction — is attempting to rebrand with a new slate of original programming, including a docu-series called Funny Girls, THR reports. Here's the slightly crin... [Read More]
 
Welsh Standup Jenny Collier Booted from Show Over "Too Many Women" on the Bill
by Megh Wright On Friday, Welsh standup Jenny Collier tweeted out a screenshot of an email regarding a comedy gig she had booked in the Surrey town of Haslemere, England. The email — which didn't include the sender's address — read: Hi Jenny I'm really sorry but the venue have decided th... [Read More]
 
Taking a Closer Look at the Female-Centric Gloria Sanchez Productions with Founder Jessica Elbaum
by Megh Wright Comedy's infamous lack of gender (and racial) diversity has remained a relentlessly discussed issue lately, especially since SNL made the bizarre decision to hire a batch of no less than five white male cast members in the fall, took the brunt of the internet backlash that followed, a... [Read More]
 
Trailer: Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley Debuts on HBO
The must-see documentary of the year for stand-up comedians: Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley debuting on HBO, Monday, November 18 at 9pm ET. The documentary features interviews with Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, and Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.Author informationStage Ti... [Read More]
 
The Urban Erma: My Brief Thoughts About Kenan & Saturday Night Live
It is beyond ludicrous and insulting to think that there are no black female comedic actresses that are qualified to be on Saturday Night Live or any other primetime network show. (During World War II they said there were no qualified black pilots to fly military aircraft. Sound familiar?)Author inf... [Read More]
 
All Jane: Why Women Comedians Should Be Celebrated
The All Jane No Dick Festival is proof of exactly why women comedians should be celebrated. I’m back from Portland and wow, the fest was easily one of the best I’ve [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor at Serial OptimistMonique Madrid is an LA via Chicago comedian,... [Read More]
 
Local Comics Know Why Portland Is So Great
Tonight’s the night! The All Jane No Dick Festival starts this evening with a schedule packed full of local comics. Highlighting the best Portland talent, be sure catch these comics [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor at Serial OptimistMonique Madrid is an LA via Chicago com... [Read More]
 
Bonnie McFarlane: This Woman Is Definitely Funny
The talent level of the performers at this year’s All Jane No Dick festival is impressive. The headliners aren’t just “names” in the comedy scene, All Jane has picked a group of [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor at Serial OptimistMonique Madrid ... [Read More]
 
10 Reasons We’re Excited About ‘All Jane No Dick’
Portland’s “All Jane No Dick Festival” starts this week and it’s going to be amazing! How do we know it’s going to be awesome? Beautiful city, cool people (because duh [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor at Serial OptimistMonique Madrid is an LA via C... [Read More]
 
All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival Is Back!
All Jane No Dick Festival in Portland is back for a second year October 17-20 and Serial Optimist is excited to be covering it. It’ll feature national headliners like Bonnie [...]Author informationMonique MadridWest Coast Editor at Serial OptimistMonique Madrid is an LA via Chicago comedian, w... [Read More]