Ladies of Laughter
MORRISTOWN — The Ladies of Laughter will provide an evening of laughs from a decidedly female point of view when they take the stage at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Scheduled to perform are Robin Fox (from Bridgewater), Leighann Lord, Alycia Cooper and Shelly Colman.
Before 1992, New York City comedy show producer and comedienne Mary Jo Wobker was instrumental in giving countless women their start in stand-up comedy. After her sudden death, many of her friends created a women's stand-up comedy competition in her name. For more information, visit ladiesoflaughter.org.
The "Real Housewife of New Jersey," Robin Fox was the winner of the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Competition held at Gotham Comedy Club, New York City. Fox spent 17 years as a full-time mom and dieting. Then one day, Fox gave up dieting and decided to make her life long dream of being a comedian a reality. Today she is happier than she can ever remember and will never look back.
Original and funny, she talks from her heart about the frustrations of suburban living, marriage and raising a family. No longer is she willing to just be the funniest mom on her New Jersey cul-de-sac. This New Jersey mom is now a regular on the comedy scene playing at the top clubs in NYC and surrounding areas.
Fox rose through the comedy ranks very quickly and has been a finalist at several prestigious comedy contests and festivals including Philly's "Funniest Comedian" contest, and Baltimore's "Funniest." She was a runner up at "The Laugh Off" at Caroline's in NYC
She also has been seen at the NJ Comedy Festival and at the NY Underground Comedy Festival. Fox can be heard on XM and Sirius satellite radio and has been a guest numerous times on the "Joey Reynolds Show" on WOR coast to coast. Fox has been on We Entertainment television and on Lifetime TV. Fox was a "Hot Topic" of Conversation on ABC's "The View."
Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord's "heads up humor" is stand-up comedy at its finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Lord has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy.
She received the NYC Black Comedy Award for "The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic." And for two consecutive years, Lord was Harlem Week's official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week's history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.)
Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory.
Lord has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response).
In addition to being the 2014 Ladies of Laughter Professional winner, Alycia Cooper performs at major casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. A Maryland native, Cooper has appeared on Nick at Nite, the Oprah Network and on the Bethenny Show.
In addition to being the 2014 Ladies of Laughter Newcomer winner, Shelly Colman is a long-time announcer on WFUV-FM. When she's not on the radio or producing her own show "Brooklyn Comedy Nights" in her own hometown, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Colman performs at various comedy clubs in the tri-state area.
The Mayo Performing Arts Center is located at 100 South St. in Morristown. For more information or tickets contact the box office at 973-539-8008 or www.mayoarts.org.
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