40 Comedians to Compete for Prestigious ‘Ladies of Laughter’ Titles
The funny ladies will compete for cash prizes, comedy bookings and the prestigious 2014 Ladies of Laughter titles. Past winners include Tammy Pescatelli, Jane Condon, Robin Fox, Dana Eagle and Dena Blizzard.Author informationStage Time MagazineSTAGE TIME is an online magazine that covers the art and... [Read More]
Cameron Esposito Answers the Age-Old Question "What's It Like to Be a Woman in Comedy?"
by Megh Wright As part of her ongoing A.V. Club column, standup Cameron Esposito has a new feature out today called "What It's Like to Be a Woman in Comedy" that addresses issues females face in the standup world, why the overload of white male comics should embrace the idea of more diverse lineups,... [Read More]
2014 Ladies of Laughter Comedy Competition Accepting Submissions
The 2014 Ladies of Laughter comedy competition is accepting submissions for its summer series. The three-part event produced by Peggy Boyce includes two preliminary shows at Gotham Comedy Club on Monday, July 21, and at Levity Live on Thursday, July 31 with the Grand Finale show returning to Gotham ... [Read More]
Bridgetown Comedy Festival 2014: Highlights and checking out the competition
Did you know that there was a bi-coastal tug of war within the comedy community this weekend between Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival? I actually made that up, but it does at very least explain the absence of some of my favorite comics in Portland this weekend. ... [Read More]
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]