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Pretty Funny Women
June 29, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Since 2006, I’ve taught over two thousand women how to do stand up comedy, but… PFW hasn’t always been a school. In the late 90s, it started out as the hottest showcase in Hollywood for up and coming comedians. I booked comics who I believed were going to be stars, before they were famous and when they were just a couple years into stand up. The show was called “Pretty, Funny Women” and it ran at the Hollywood Improv for over ten years. Some of the regular comics I had on my shows were Sheri Shepherd, Chelsea Handler, Tig Notaro, Retta, Natasha Leggero, Maria Bamford, Sarah Tiana, Vicki Barbolak, and Heather McDonald. I even booked Tiffany Haddish and Iliza at one point in my career. There were many nights where comics like Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho and Kathleen Madigan dropped in. Often times, I would have three or four of those women on the same bill. The shows were always packed and the industry came down to scout new talent. Many of the comics featured on PFW booked jobs and got representation from being seen on my show.
In 2006 I started teaching stand up, and I’ve been able to mentor thousands of women through my classes and even help manage some of their careers. PFW is almost like a comedy sorority except there is no hazing or rushing and all women are welcome into the fold.
I’ve been branded as “The Madame of Comedy.” I’m all about “pimping” my students out and giving them as much stage time as possible. Currently, I produce and book showcases on Zoom. PFW shows have been seen in The Comedy Store main room, the Laugh Factory, Flappers comedy club in Burbank, The Hollywood Improv, and many other clubs and venues across the country. I’m so incredibly proud of my students who have stayed in the game and decided to go for it with everything they’ve got. There are way too many to mention by name but, trust me… they have very impressive resumes. A lot of them are now doing festivals, starring on TV shows, recording comedy albums, and have become social media influencers. I love this business because there are no rules. If you work hard and really believe in yourself, you can do anything you want.