• Calise Hawkins, Pat Brown kick off inaugural Black Women in Comedy Festival

    The Black Women in Comedy Festival is coming to Brooklyn for the first time ever this weekend.

    The new festival will feature 30 phenomenal comedians, solo artists, and improv groups performing nightly shows from February 28 to March 3, effectively bridging the gap between Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

    You can catch any of the shows across four venues in the New York City neighborhood of Bed-Stuy: Brooklyn House of Comedy, Joloff Restuarant, The Corners BK, and Tilly’s.

    Among the headliners are Calise Hawkins (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Pat Brown (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), and Meshelle “The Indie-Mom of Comedy” (Nickelodeon’s Search for the Funniest Mom in America 3). Jenelle Jackson, Ashima Franklin, Stephanie McCrae, Franqi French, and MeMe Simpson will also perform.

    Black Women will shine at inaugural comedy festival

    “Creating a platform for women of color, specifically Black Women, empowers the next generation of young people who aspire to become stand-up comedians,” said event founder Joanna M. Briley. The festival strives to showcase the “best, brightest and funniest black women, those who identify as women, and those from the LGBTQ community,” according to a press release.

    Tickets for each individual show are $15, but an inclusive festival pass or daily passes can be purchased through Eventbrite . More information and a full schedule can be found on the event Facebook Page and official website.

    Andrea Romano

    Andrea Romano is a freelance writer and comedian in New York City. She hosts Everything Is Bad: A Variety Show For Your Mental Health at The People's Improv Theater and makes indie films and videos on the reg. Reach out or follow her on Twitter, if you like.

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