The country’s top female clean stand-up comedians for corporate and charity events from The Ivy League of Comedy (also available for private parties)
Why do we have a separate page for female comedians? Why are we separating by gender? Fewer than a third of American professional comedians are women. And they get fewer opportunities than do male comedians. Look at the line-up of just about any comedy club in America and you’ll see that men disproportionally outnumber women.
I’ve written a couple of essays on women in comedy:
Women Are Funny, originally posted in Yahoo Shine.
Are Female Comedians Finally In Demand? Newark Star-Ledger op-ed. (I didn’t choose the photos)
Here’s a great op-ed in The New York Times written by our hilarious colleague Laurie Kilmartin: Being a Female Comic in Louis C.K.’s World
Most of our shows are quite affordable although some female comedians are in high demand so they’re not inexpensive.
We produce a show called Fabulously Funny Females which came about by accident. I was talking to a female comic whose best friend and roommate was also a female comic. I said it must be great for you two to work and travel together. She said they’re both headliners so they never work together (a typical show has one headliner). Plus that nobody ever puts two women in the same show.
Our shows often have two (or three, or four) headliners in the same show- it makes for a stronger show. So I booked them together at a theatre. I usually emcee our theatre shows but I wasn’t available and happened to choose another woman to emcee. We billed the show as Fabulously Funny Females and it sold out. It’s one of our most popular theme show offerings- when we have them the audience asks us to do it again.
We’re not the only company offering all-female shows but we may be the only ones offering all-women all-headliner shows. Strangely there are people who put together what they call all-women shows but then they have a man emcee the show. That makes no sense.
Okay, enough words. Here they are:
A mother of two small boys, Karen does stand-up in order to get out of the house. She has appeared on Comedy Central, The Oxygen Network, Nick Mom, The View and The Joy Behar Show.
While the kids aren’t looking, Karen is a novelist. Her 2010 comic novel Following Polly earned praise from The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and her mother-in-law. Her second novel Perfect is Overrated was released a few years ago.
Cory is every woman. Mother, daughter, wife… ex-wife. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Show with David Letterman, made her fifth appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a new TV special for Nick Mom. Cory appeared in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless.” Other television credits include Comedy Central Presents: Cory Kahaney, The View, and many episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.
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Comedian Ophira Eisenberg has performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, VH-1, The Today Show, TV Guide Channel’s Standup In Stilettos, Fox, E! Channel, CNN, Oxygen Network, and the AXS Network. She is also the host of NPR’s weekly trivia comedy show Ask Me Another. Her debut memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was recently optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film.
Comedian Carmen Lynch grew up in Virginia & Spain and performs in both English and Spanish.
Carmen Lynch is a NYC-based comedian who has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and twice on The Late Show with David Letterman, plus Conan and the Late Late Show. She’s been a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and has performed several times for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
Comedian and mom Jane Condon lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, but she’s still a nice person. She has two boys. Otherwise everything’s fine. The Associated Press has dubbed her “an uppercrust Roseanne” and The New York Times says, “Condon had the audience cackling, guffawing and in hysterics as she sliced through marriage, husband, kids, politics and other topics.” She loves to tell stories about her adventures (mostly survival tales) with her husband and kids.
Condon was named one of 10 Comedy Best Bets in Back Stage’s annual comedy issue. She has appeared on ABC-TV’s “The View” and Lifetime TV’s “Girls’ Night Out,” FOX-TV’s series finale of “24,” Nickelodeon’s “Nick Mom Night Out,” as well as NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”
She is the grand prize winner of the Ladies of Laughter Contest. She won “Audience Favorite- NY” on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. And she gave the commencement speech at Wellesley College (her alma mater). She recently appeared on NBC’s Today Show.
Jessica Kirson’s unique style and captivating stage presence captures the attention of audiences and club bookers everywhere she performs. Her wide variety of characters brings a diverse energy to her routine. Once you’ve seen her amazing talent, it’s easy to understand why she was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall’s Women in Comedy, Comedy Central’s South Beach, Montreal, and HBO’s Las Vegas comedy festivals. She was awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and recently accepted the Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian” in New York City. Her YouTube channel The Jessy K Show has more than 100 videos with a combined total of over 2.5 million views. She recently launched her own podcast called The Jessica Kirson Podcast.
Jessica has been featured on various television shows, including, The Travel Channel, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and Fresh Faces, Nickelodeon’s Sixth in the Suburbs, Noggin’s LOL, VH1’s Awesomely Bad Shows, Oxygen’s premier game show Can You Tell?, Bravo’s The Great Things About Being, The Women’s Television Network’s She’s So Funny, NBC’s Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3, NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly, NBC’s Why We Heart Vampires, Fox’s The Dr. Oz Show, The Travel Channel’s When Vacations Go Bust, TV Guide Network, AXS TV, two appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, two appearances on ABC’s The View, Showtime’s White Boyz in the Hood, and NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. She also has a one hour special on the Logo Channel called My Cookie’s Gone and has appeared on The Joy Behar Show on CNN-HLN numerous times. She just made her big screen debut in Nick Cannon’s School Dance with Jim Breuer and George Lopez.
Click to Book Jessica Kirson or call or text (914) It’s Funny (914 487-3866).
High-energy, commanding and versatile- but enough about her sex life- Kerri Louise can entertain any audience with her warmth and razor-edge wit. So it’s no wonder that Kerri was a regular correspondent on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Because of that, Kerri was asked to be on the very first episode of the Dr. Oz Show. NBC took Kerri all the way to the finals in the show Last Comic Standing. Her performance on that show prompted The Women’s Entertainment Network to make her the star of their new reality show called “TWO FUNNY.” Kerri’s guest appearances include Nick Mom Night Out, Comics Unleashed, the Montel Show, The Fine Living Channel, Access Hollywood, The Apprentice, The View, Comedy Central, VH1, 20/20 and New Joke City. These credits plus her appearance in the Marie Clair Magazine, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival have made Kerri an attraction.