Stuff We Like: The Women in Comedy Festival by Christa Weiss

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It’s that time of year again! No, it’s not Christmas—it’s even better! The Women in Comedy Festival (WICF) is back in town April 22nd-26th!

 

If you don’t know what WICF is you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last few years. For the uninformed, the Woman in Comedy Festival is an amazing city-wide festival that celebrates women in comedy and brings fantastic performers in from all corners of the globe. Boston natives Michelle Barbera and Maria Ciampa started WICF in 2009, Elyse Schuerman hopped on board the year after, and festival has been growing exponentially ever since.

 

WICF features all forms of comedy, including standup, improv, sketch, storytelling and musical comedy and oh yeah, even dudes can perform in the festival. Along with scores of amazing shows, they also have daytime panels discussing some of the challenges women in comedy face, as well as some great comedy workshops.

 

(via womenincomedyfestival.com)

(via womenincomedyfestival.com)

 

Once again they’ve pulled in some big names this year, including comedy legend Lilly Tomlin, Jane Lynch of Glee, Cristela Alonzo, Sue Costello, Aparna Nancharla, Kevin Allison, Mary Mac , Zabeth Russel and Poppy Champlin. There will be amazing shows all over the city, including performances at The Wilbur, Laugh Boston, the Comedy Studio, Improv Boston, the Brattle Theatre, Club Café and Club Passim.

 

WICF 2015 gonna be a crazy action packed week of hilarity. So what shows should you see? I can’t just say all of them can I? I could gush forever about any of these shows, but since this is website is dedicated to the Boston comedy scene, I’ve decided to highlight the Homecoming Show at Laugh Boston.

 

The Homecoming show is a showcase of some of the industry’s most celebrated comedic talents, all who’ve originally hailed from Boston. And holy shit, we miss them. The show is headlined by Sue Costello, and features lots of familiar faces including Kendra Cunningham, Leah Dubie, Jenny Zigrino, Guilia Rozzi, Jan Davidson and is hosted by Boston mainstay, Kelly McFarland. We miss you guys! Thanks for coming back to say hi!

 

But seriously, go to as many shows as you can. Seeing Lilly Tomlin and Jane Lynch will be a once in a lifetime experience, The Reductress Showcase featuring writers from reductress.com is sure to be a blast and you’ll see some killer improv on the Improv Boston mainstage on Saturday. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There will be scores of talented comedians doing shows all over the city.

 

Also, I’ll be performing and this is my article, so fuck it. Go to my shows too. And my friends shows. Seriously, we’re all hilarious. You should go. All the cool kids are doing it.

 

Want more info? Show schedules? Tickets?
Visit womenincomedyfestival.com!

 

 

 



Christa Weiss

Christa Weiss is the editor & web mistress at UnSceneComedy.com. Christa performed in the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival and was the February 2014 Comic in Residence at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. She participated in the inaugural Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, the Women in Comedy Festival, the She Dot Comedy Festival, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Cleveland Comedy Festival and is a featured performer on Rooftop Comedy. She produces Broad Appeal Comedy Night, a female-focused comedy show in Boston. She also appears in commercials for the New England Sports Network (NESN).