Yesterday, the lineup was posted for the second annual All Jane No Dick all-female comedy festival, held at at Curious Comedy in October. The first installment of the festival was great, and really nicely curated; the second one looks to be more of the same.
I'm not familiar with headliner Bonnie McFarlane, but I'm thrilled to see Cameron Esposito on the bill—I managed to almost entirely miss her at Bridgetown, so I'm glad she's coming back. Are all of you clued into just how great Esposito is? Here, read this article she wrote for Vice, "The Kindest Thing Jay Leno Ever Did for Me." She's hands-down my favorite of the younger comics I've seen recently. (Though David Hunstberger, of Professor Blastoff fame, is a close second—he's performing at Mississippi Studios tomorrow night.) I'm also intrigued by all the improv on the bill.
Here's a related note, for the three of you who care about this sort of thing: Next week, Helium is holding open auditions for hosts. This is one of the few regular, paying comedy gigs in town. There has long been grumbling about how Helium doesn't hire enough female comics; I guarantee you that you'll see some of Portland's best trying to change that next week.
Lineup after the jump!
Here it is! We are happy to announce the 2013 All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival Lineup. We are super excited about the talent coming to Portland this year!!
BONNIE MCFARLANE (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman, Last Comic Standing)
CAMERON ESPOSITO (“Put Your Hands Together,” TBS’s Just for Laughs Chicago festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SXSW, RIOT LA, and the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson)
WILD HORSES IMPROV with LAUREN LAPKUS(Orange Is the New Black) . STEPHANIE ALLYNNE (The Mindy Project, Comedy Bang! Bang!), ERIN WHITEHEAD (UCB, Scrubs) and MARY HOLLAND (UCB, Comedy Bang! Bang!)
SWITCHBOARD IMPROV with JEAN VILLEPIQUE (Up All Night, Modern Family, The Office) and REBECCA SOHN (Second City Touring Company).
CALISE HAWKINS (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Russell Simmons Presents Stand Up at the El Rey, Last Comic Standing)
JANINE BRITO and APARNA NANCHERLA (writers for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell)
PHOEBE ROBINSON (“Stand Up for Diversity”,Bridgetown Comedy Festival)
LEZ STAND UP with KRISTEN KUPPENBENDER, JES REGA, and DIANE GASPERIN
TEGAN AND SARAH IMPROV TROUPE