Samatha Bee hanging with the Muppets
It was almost two years ago that NYWIFT members Terry Greenberg and Susan Ades came up with the idea to produce a program focusing on women in comedy. Both being “ardent comedy lovers,” shares Greenberg, they knew they wanted a fresh take on the topic so they looked to partner with Caroline’s on Broadway. “Caroline has opened the door for many women comedians over the past thirty years. It was Caroline’s idea to hold the panel on the opening night of the New York Comedy Festival, which she also produces.”
The panel’s full title is Women in Comedy: Changing Times
and it focuses on the changing landscape of comedy for women from the 1960’s to the present. Held Thursday November 7th at 6:00 pm, the lineup of panelists includes: Whitney Cummings, Fran Drescher, Delia Ephron and Samantha Bee. It will be moderated by Alessandra Stanley, TV Critic for the New York Times.
“The women who influenced me the most growing up were women on TV sitcoms who were smart, funny, witty, stylish, independent, usually worked in film or television, and had lots of heart,” says Greenberg. Her top three on that list being Mary Tyler Moore, Marlo Thomas and Candice Bergen. Greenberg shared a sneak peak of some of the topics that will be discussed for the blog. They include: Did you choose comedy or did comedy choose you? Comedy is a boys’ club, but is there a sorority? Do women help each other in this business? Stanley will also be asking these women of comedy the tough questions: What makes you laugh? and What’s not funny
Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a very funny evening. Order tickets here.
NYWIFT Member and Founder of Carolines on Broadway Caroline Hirsch Gears Up For The New York Comedy Festival 19th Year
Longtime NYWIFT member and 2019 NYWIFT Made in NY Muse Honoree Caroline Hirsch, the founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival, is a visionary in the comedy industry. Her keen eye for talent has led her to discover some of the biggest names in comedy, including Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reubens. Now, as the New York Comedy Festival enters its 19th year, Hirsch is once again making waves by expanding the festival from 7 to 10 days. From November 3rd to November 12th, comedy enthusiasts can expect an even bigger and better lineup of shows, performances, and events.READ MORE
Welcome to NYWIFT, Kilara Sen! Kilara is a Japanese female stand-up comedian and actor, moving to New York this summer. Kilara currently is hosting "Japanese Whisky Lockdown" and "Japanese Whisky World" on Dekanta TV. She also appeared on international TV such as Asia's Got Talent, Paul Hollywood Eats Japan, and Welcome to the Railworld. Kilara is gender non-conforming (she/they), a "hikikomori" survivor (a form of severe social withdrawal), and had a wonderful year at Historically Black Colleges. Based on her experiences, she shares her strong and funny voice on mental health, feminism, and diversity. She believes that everyone should be as special and unique as a unicorn. Also, she is the voice breaking stereotypes of Japanese women: the New Pink. Kilara thinks of herself as a Pink Unicorn. Kilara spoke to us about breaking down stereotypes, community support, and finding liberation through comedy.READ MORE
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