That last link is us:
Additionally, we've had an amazing year with press in:
- The New York Times
- and a TV appearance on ABC News
Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way. Special thanks go to everyone who has graced our stage - we wouldn't be anywhere without you!
Carolyn and Nichelle
Chicks and Giggles producers Carolyn and Nichelle celebrated their birthday last week in grand fashion at the Ginger House in Chelsea near where all the improv theatres are clustered. Comedians, friends and family came out to party with us. See the full picture set here.
- Bi-sexual, Newly Thin Asians: Margaret Cho.
- Black Girls with Good Hair: Aisha Tyler.
- Women with Suspiciously Fake Sounding Names: Diane Ford, Hope Flood, Chocolate.
Now, I mean no disrespect to Chocolate or any of the other babes on this roster. I just hope Summit doesn't send a lawyer or a female lawyer after me because I wouldn't want to have to appear in court before a judge or a female judge and end up in jail or women's prison.
I guess this post means I'll never be booked at "Jesters Comedy Stop" at Bullfrogs Live in Topeka or the Holiday Inn in Bluefield, West Virginia, but I'm sure they can get Tim Allen to do his one man show, "The Santa Clause 4: Horsemen of the Apocalypse."
In case you're unaware, our show was mentioned during the roundtable discussion in Time Out's Humor Issue.
The point of contention is whether or not our show is "marginalizing."
My question is: marginalizing to whom? The 80+ comics who do our show on a regular basis? Many of whom have huge credits and all of whom are wonderfully talented? Or the men who come to our show every week (and perform occasionally when we have special events) and have a truly great time? I'm not sure.
Nichelle and I both know our show is "controversial." Some people don't like the name. I can understand that. Some people love it. I understand that, too. What I don't understand is a leading question about a show that aims to do no more than create a community in which good times are the rule.
That sounds pretty awesome to me.
Yes, our show exhibits female comedians. No, we're not a "troupe." Chicks and Giggles is a weekly showcase of some of the best up-and-coming and professional comedians in New York. That's what it is. There's nothing that binds the women who perform on the show comedically - they come from all backgrounds (stand-up, music, improv, sketch) and they all have different styles: some dry, some intellectual, some wild, some absurd. Much like the women you might find studying at a women's college, the women who do this show are not running from men or trying to find a "safe space" to perform. They are celebrating who they are in a joyous way collectively. In today's climate, that seems pretty dangerous to me.
I can only speak for myself in saying that as much as I love my show, I love ALL the shows I perform on in New York because I love comedy and the people who create it. Especially the ones with balls.
In closing, come to our show. Have a few cheap beers and a lot of laughs. We love you.
Originally uploaded by Undiscovered Superstar.
We had a show where all the female performers had curly hair. It was a niche within a niche.
Erin and Her Cello
Hosted Carolyn Castiglia
Which led me to remember a conversation I'd had with someone not that long ago about how many truly big name female stand-up comedians there are. I'm talking household names. I'm talking names my mother would recognize. Let's see:
Two of them are on the same talk show right now: Joy Behar (still does stand-up, but achieved notoriety through The View) and Rosie O'Donnell (hasn't done stand-up in forever but obviously she counts). Then rounding-out the old school list is Paula Poundstone (just put out a book and does a lot of radio work) and Brett Butler (she's back with the Southern Belles of Comedy). Then there's Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho and Sarah Silverman - and Sarah might even be a stretch (despite her popularity) in the household name division. (Obviously that depends on the household.) You could say the same for gals like Judy Gold and Rita Rudner.
Sure there are lots of other women who have had big success in the business (especially if you include sketch performers and comedic actresses) and even plenty of ladies we know that make a psuedo-living performing and doing various film/TV/writing projects, but I think that's really it as far as top bill stand-ups go. Anybody have any names to add? Besides, of course, Mo'Nique...
This is obviously not to say that these are the only women deserving of household status - that's of course my point. Amy Poehler (as our girls at Hello, Hilarious also pointed out) has a great interview in BUST this issue about women in comedy. Here's my favorite exchange:
Amy Poehler: I was watching the MTV Movie Awards, and when they announced the nominees for Best Comedic Performance, I don't think there was one chick in there.Check. So I say, bush it up, Laugh Factory! Bush it up!
Jill Soloway: Right. It was probably Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Jack Black-
AP: Right. And they are deserving of their success, but it felt a little thin, if you will. It felt a little-
JS: Like a tiny pubic mustache?
AP: [laughs] Right! I want female comedies to be like full, giant '70s bushes right now, not tiny little pubic mustaches.
Many thanks to Jon Friedman for his stellar-ness.
Plus Michelle Collins, who we were unable to photograph as a result of her recent enrollment in the witness protection program due to a scuffle with some neighborhood kids who were dissing Celine Dion. You dis Celine, you get a beating like you've never seen!
COMICS DOING COVERS on Wednesday was hilarious - and though we don't have photos, we did shoot the show with two - count 'em - two cameras! Hopefully we can post a clip on You Tube or something soon.
Thanks to Ann Carr, Katina Corrao, Jessica Delfino, Lang Fisher, Josh Grosvent, Shawn Hollenbach, Matt McCarthy, Sara Schaefer, Baron Vaughn and Becky Yamamoto for gracing the stage!
Poppi, you're the coolest loser we know!
Come see how great she looks and give her a slap on her newly thin ass on August 15th @ 8 pm ~ Mo Pitkin's ~ 34 Ave. A.
Another fantastic show from Robin Cloud, Michele Colyn, Katina Corrao, Joselyn Hughes, Maggie Lauren, Giulia Rozzi and Jacquetta Szathmari. Thanks to everyone who came out! You guys were such an amazing crowd. See you next Tuesday!
Heather Fink, gay p@rn publicist and comedian, did Chicks last Tuesday. She also hosts Hoboken Comedy Night at The Goldhawk (10th and Park Ave in Hoboken, New Jersey).
Me and my volunteers reinacting a conversation I had at Starbucks with a perky young Southern tourist and a Hipster-ish dude about the location of the nearest Hooters.
Mandy "Yeah right he's just not that into me" Stadtmiller
Becky "He's just not that into you if he moves to LA and says *Don't Call*" Ciletti
Heather "No longer phased by her boss' penis" Fink
Val "The Venison Lover" Kappa
Jess "Flipper Flicker" Wood
Kristin "I'm a real musician" Plater
Buy her CD! She's amazing.
A big shout to the 14-year-old who was in the front row, and our resident pedophile, Matt, who was (and still is) just a few seats away...
See you next week, y'all!
Get kick-ass performers:
Chicks and Giggles will be back after the holiday week with sweetness as we will have cupcakes at this Tuesday's show. There will be yummy mini-cupcakes for the audience while supplies last.
Plus there will be fantastic comedy on our special show, "Anything But Stand-Up."
CHICKS AND GIGGLES PRESENTS
"ANYTHING BUT STAND-UP"
JULY 11, 2006 @ 8 PM
34 AVE. A (2ND/3RD)
Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia (She's A White Hot Rapper)
Brandy Barber (The Kissing Booth)
Julie Klausner and Sue Galloway (Free to be Friends)
Carla Rhodes (Master of the Ventriloquilistic Arts)
Goddess Perlman (Goddess, duh.)
Mindy Raf (Leibya Rogers)
Robin Gelfenbien (Funny, funny songstress)
Thanks to Max Delivery and Sugar Sweet Sunshine for the cupcakes!
Did I mention it was on St. Patrick's Day?
It's so gratifying to look at these pictures because as you can see, our show resonates with many different types of people and unites them through laughter. That's just the best feeling in the world. It's cheesy to be sentimental, I know, but I love it!
Once again, thanks to Brendan Bush and Picasa for making the collage happen!
RAP ATTACK was amazing. The crowd was great and the performances were stellar. Big ups to The Lesbian Overtones, The Pearl Brunswick, Adira Amram, Badlands Booker and Negin Farsad, who filmed the show for her documentary, "Nerdcore Rising." You can view the trailer here.
DADDY'S GIRL was a fantastic affair filled with ladies who love their fathers. Our reading nights are always a smash, so we'll be sure to hold another one soon!
Last Tuesday's show was HUGE - Sadie's Lounge was so packed that it smelled like a 16 year old boy's bedroom by the end of the night. Major laughs were given and received. Kudos to Adira Amram, Abbi Crutchfield, Becky Donohue, Jen Dziura, Molly Reisner and Brooke Van Poppelen.
Lastly, I finally uploaded the pictures from our trip to Roanoke College. The full set is here, but these are some of my favorites:
Carolyn Castiglia, Hostess Cupcake.
Special thanks to Stephanie Garst for having us and Brendan Bush for the awesome photos!
See you next Tuesday, y'all...
Chicks dig Badlands! Eric "Badlands" Booker will be our special guest at this Wednesday's Riffs and Gigs: RAP ATTACK. He and I will close the show with a heavy battle of words and wit. Thank God it's not a battle of wings and blue cheese, because no matter how much I love my upstate grub, at 420 pounds, I think that's one battle EBB would win!