I’m so excited to be a part of this awesome show produced by the amazingly funny Jan Slavin. I love that Jan put together a really great line up (I’m of coursed biased), representing women in all stages of life, from different backgrounds and who have all had unique life experiences. Every comic on the show has a really unique point of view and it’s going to be a thought provoking and FUNNY show!
There is so much buzz about this show and the Chicago Tribune wrote a great story about it.
Get your tickets here to see this hilarious and diverse group of comics (and some of my favorite comics and all around awesome ladies):
Friday August 11th, 8pm
7924 Lincoln Ave
Downtown Skokie, IL
See you there!
Chicago Women’s Funny Festival 2017
June was a CRAZY month for me and comedy. I had the most performances in a month to date and had the opportunity to perform at this year’s CWFF 2017 THREE times! I performed with some of my favorite locas in the Las Locas Comedy showcase on the first night of the festival. I also was part of another amazing stand up line up on a separate showcase (see photo below). Also I was invited to be part of the Stage 773 Young Professional’s Board fundraiser the ‘BESTival’ which highlighted some hilarious CWFF acts across improv, sketch and stand up. This is an amazing festival that features the country’s best female/female identifying comedic talent in standup, sketch, storytelling, improv and solo performance. For more information, visit http://stage773.com/ChicagoWomensFunnyFestival
Thursday 6/15/17, 8pm, Stage 773- Cab Stage
Friday 6/16/17, 10pm, Stage 773- Cab Stage
Saturday 6/17/17, 8pm, Stage 773- Thrust Stage
When I started writing and performing comedy one year ago, I didn’t really understand that I could use this medium for something more than entertainment. I’ve been amazingly surprised at the opportunities I’ve had to use comedy as a platform to speak out about bigger issues regarding racism, sexism and gender identity.
The exploitation of women and girls has been a cause that I have tried to educate myself about but honestly I’ve been very passive about assisting in any meaningful way. When you read the statistics, you realize that more needs to be done:
- Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris, has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases inside the United States. Find more Hotline statistics here.
- In 2016, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaways reported to them were likely sex trafficking victims.
- Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally.
- In a 2014 report, the Urban Institute estimated that the underground sex economy ranged from $39.9 million in Denver, Colorado, to $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia.
When you look closer at how sex trafficking and exploitation affects Hispanic/Latina women from the US and other Latin American countries, it’s mind blowing.
According to the 2016 study entitled MORE THAN DRINKS FOR SALE commissioned by Polaris (polarisproject.org): “Thousands of Latina or Hispanic women are prisoners of the sex trafficking industry in bars and cantina-type establishments across the United States. They are recruited and controlled by criminal networks, business owners, or individual traffickers. They are deceived and enticed with the promise of romantic relationships, good jobs, and safe passage to the U.S. Other women and girls are forced to sell sex by their parents, family members, or intimate partners.”
I know I can do more, and I hope this is a first step. Please join me on Tuesday April 25th at 5:30pm at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Chicago for a fundraiser for CAASE (Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation). CAASE’s Young Professionals Board (YPB) is hosting their exciting launch event called Stand Up for Survivors. Join us for what’s sure to be a hilarious night of comedy to raise money for CAASE’s work to end sexual exploitation.
I’m honored to be performing with this great line-up of performers including: Le Aboav, Clare Austen-Smith, Alex Kumin, Rebecca Loeser, Deanna Ortiz, Caleb Probst, Amy Young, and the Whiskey Radio Hour.
Please buy a ticket here: BUY TICKETS
I’m going international! I’m going to meet Justin Trudeau! Ok that was a lie, but I am going to Canada!
I’m super pumped to be a part of the SheDot Festival in Toronto from May 4th-7th, 2017. Out of hundreds of submissions, they thought I was funny enough to be a part of it. I’m really grateful and super excited to perform.
They were so sweet to make this awesome performers page for me. If you happen to be in Toronto in early May, stick around to see one of my shows or any of the other super talented ladies who are a part of SheDot!
I have so much to say…but just not right now. Stay tuned!