5 Funny Females™ Tour
Stand-up comedian, Susan Alexander, hosts and assembles a variety of the most talented funniest up and coming female stand-up comedians who are bringing their own outrageous unique point of views across the country.
HOST AND PRODUCER:
From 2003 - 2005, Susan hosted and produced the popular live weekly Friday and Saturday Night Showcases in downtown San Francisco at the San Francisco Comedy Club. Susan also hosted and produced a successful monthly show with a variety of female stand-up comedians called ‘5 Funny Females’ which was popular 10-City tour in 2006. In 2007, the tour will appear in select cities then back on the road again in 2008.
In 2005, Susan created Singles Who Mingle which is the first-ever event that offers singles a mix of stand-up comedy and dating game that toured in top US cities for singles in Spring/Summer 2006 and returning in 2008.
Susan is now based in New York City and creating/hosting her own Funny Females on the Road webisode series along with upcoming TV projects in 2008. Susan continues to perform stand-up comedy across the country.
ROTATION OF TALENT FOR 5 FUNNY FEMALES TOUR:
Michelle Buteau grew up in a Caribbean household in New Jersey and Miami, Florida. Despite all that, her English is very good. She has toured throughout the country and in Europe, appearing regularly in comedy clubs in London, England and Dublin, Ireland. She recently won New York's Underground Comedy Festival's New Comic Contest and was a finalist in Budweisers’ Ladies of Laughter Competition. Michelle has appeared on VH1's Best Week Ever and A2Z's Donald Trump. Lifetime Television, Oxygen, Bravo and dozens of commercials.
“Rapid-fire, high-energy ball of energy that pops on stage.” That was the consensus from the judges of the 2005 Funniest Female competition when Chantal Carrere received a perfect score in the semi-finals and placed among the final Top 10. In 2003-2004, Chantal was the runner-up at the Russian River Comedy Competition for two years in a row. Also in 2004, Chantal was the winner of Laugh Across America – Wild Card category. Chantal performs regularly at comedy clubs bringing laughs across the country from San Francisco to Boston.
In 2001, Samantha Chanse began her career as a stand-up comedian and playwright in San Francisco, and in the last few years she's written and performed plays & theater pieces around the SF Bay Area. Her first play, "What Good Intentions," was produced at Rites & Reason Theatre in Rhode Island, and, more recently, her work has included a 2005 production of her full-length play, "Sleeper (a chronicle of the return of the remarkable)," which was co-produced with Asian American Theater Company and Bindlestiff Studio. In 2006, Samantha received an Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission to write and perform a solo theater show to be produced in 2007.
Maria Ciampa has been writing, performing, and directing comedy for over 6 years. Maria performed her self-produced solo show, “Family Shmamily”, for audiences in Boston and New York City. She performs stand-up comedy all over the East Coast at special events and comedy clubs.
Pronounced "Dye-yah" not "De-hiya" as some may think is enjoyable and fiery (much like masala). In past incarnations she's been as a management consultant, venture capitalist, a researcher in Cuba, and a journalist at the Democratic National Convention before starting in comedy. She combines her commanding 5-foot stage presence with material and characters from her traditional Indian upbringing, nerd-pride, Alabama roots and political activism. She is a newcomer to the comedy scene and has already toured with “Pundits with Punchlines” and performed at “Laughing Liberally San Francisco.”
With a talent for mimickery and facial contortions, Liz Grant could be described as an animated and physical comedian. Her impressions include famous characters like Lord of The Ring's Gollum and Renee Zellweger. She was the winner of an impression contest of her favorite comedian Brian Regan along with the Spirit of San Francisco Comedy Competition. Liz was also a comedy writer for Laugh.com.
Lilibeth Helson may be little but she is fierce on the mic. She is exploding on stages all over the Bay Area as the new up and coming standup comedian to watch. Currently, she is performing at special event shows and comedy clubs all over California.
Megan Hounshell takes her trusty guitar, bursting out ironic and sublime lyrics to songs like “Rock Baby Farm” placed her in the Top 10 at the 2005 Seattle International Comedy Competition. Megan has appeared on the Oxygen Network’s “Girls Behaving Badly” and performs all over the West Coast.
Erikka Innes resides at the intersection where Highbrow meets Lowbrow, Art meets Trash, Academic meets Illiterate, and Pretentiousness gets a Wedgie. Her comedy combines her love of the silly and sarcastic with her quirky intellect. The result is a series of hilarious short stories and inventive one liners that are sure to crack up even the toughest of audiences. Erikka was a finalist for two years in a row at the 2004 and 2005 Funniest Female Competition. Erikka recently created her own monthly sold-out comedy show called ‘Geek Comedy Night' in the Bay Area that will be touring in 2007.
Julia Jackson is a comedienne and solo artist known for her biting social commentary, as well as actually biting audience members from time to time. The Milwaukee native takes on all topics, from politicians to the NFL. This rising comedy star has performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh , Scotland , and was a Semi-Finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. Her solo performance piece “Turbulence” was selected for the 2006 San Francisco Theatre Festival, and the 2006 San Francisco Solo Festival. Julia appeared in the film “Some Prefer Cake”, and has worked with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, and Paul Mooney.
Stacia Jensen began her comedy career in 2002 as a favorite comedian at the University of Oregon. Stacia also placed in the finals in the Seattle International Comedy Competition as well as the Portland Comedy Competition. Her onstage performance is a quirky combination of party girl and intellectual that has been referred to as smart, sarcastic, and cleverly edgy. Stacia has performed with such highly-respected names as Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, and Ralphie May. She recently relocated from Seattle to New York City.
Erin Judge has red hair and rocks. She was recently named the “Six Breakout Boston Comics” by the Boston Herald along with hosting a weekly show at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square. In addition to telling jokes, acting in sketches, performing characters, and producing shows, Erin is also an as award-winning writer. Erin recently appeared on Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight.
In 2002 Laurie Kilmartin became a staff writer for Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Laurie has performed on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, the USO Tour, Watchin’ Shorties, Tough Crowd, and The World Stands Up. She has been featured at comedy festivals in Montreal, Aspen and Edinburgh. She has also written CBS’s The Late Late Show and Comedy Central’s Too Late with Adam Carolla.
Originally from Lake Charles, LA, Jen Kober has been headlining all over America and is taking the national comedy scene by storm with her original blend of stand-up, Southern-style storytelling, and improvised on-the-spot Rock-N-Roll. Kober’s machine-gun talking style and quick wit have landed her in the company of some amazing comedians. This year Kober has opened for Kevin Pollack, Louie Anderson, Kathleen Madigan, Damon Wayans, Dana Carvey, Roseanne, George Lopez and Sinbad. Jen was the Runner up in the 2004 Seattle International Comedy Competition, and the Winner of the Houston Comedy Games. Audiences all over the country are raving about this high-energy rock star comedy jam, as Kober takes the stage with her commanding presence and dares you not to laugh. This year Jen is bringing her stand-up to the people through the magic of television with appearances on both Showtime and Comedy Central.
Esther Ku tackles some of today’s most pressing taboos with the finesse and brutal force of an earnest 2nd grade honor student mocking a smelly kindergartener. She brings her trusting audiences into a private room to convey what it’s like to view the world through her eyes. Esther was recently part of NBC’s Standup for Diversity Showcase.
Tracy Locke studied improve with Second City, Chicago City Limits and The Upright Citizens Brigade. Tracy performs all over the county and specializes in voice overs for animations and commercials. She is currently on tour with Lisa Lampanelli.
After spending a lifetime of getting sent to the principal's office for telling too many jokes in class, Dana Lovecchio has found place to fit in on stages throughout San Francisco. She was also a finalist in the For Ladies Only Comedy Competition.
Maggie MacDonald was in veterinary school when she decided to give stand-up comedy a try. After her first performance in front of classmates and professors, she was hooked. She has been performing all over New England. Maggie was recently the "Comic-in-residence" at the famous Comedy Studio in Cambridge, MA. Be careful, she's not as demure as she looks!
Maggie Newcomb’s positive attitude brings a refreshing blend of comedy to standup comedy performing clean and clever material. Maggie won the Battle of the Bay Comedy Competition at the San Jose Improv. Currently, she performs in comedy clubs and corporate events across the country.
And the list goes on...
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