Anna Currell, Contributor
The annual Women in Comedy Festival, held throughout Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston, is about to celebrate its tenth year. For the past decade, WICF has aimed to close the gender gap in comedy by providing opportunities for comedians to perform stand up, improv, sketch and musical comedy.
The four day festival, held this year on May 2-5, will feature stand ups Nikki Glaser (MTV, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show) and Phoebe Robinson (Two Dope Queens), improv team Wild Horses (HBO, Comedy Central, Amazon) and podcasts The Bechdel Cast and Guys We F**ked.
In addition to these national headliners, the festival will feature comedians from near and far. At venues such as Bill’s Bar, Club Cafe, Great Scott, ImprovBoston, Middlesex Lounge, Nick’s Comedy Stop, the Brattle Theater, the Comedy Studio, the Hideout, the Rockwell and the Wilbur, you can see performers you already know and love, as well as exciting up-and-coming talent.
HBO will present a special three-part show, Bethany Van Delft’s 38.7% Showcase, named after the percentage of the country’s non-white population and featuring diverse, hilarious performers. Don’t miss the LGBTQ Comedy Showcase, the Just For Laughs Showcase, film festival screenings, panels with industry executives, and more.
Beyond the festival weekend, WICF gives platforms for comedians to share their talent. The Boston Comedy Chicks is an ever-growing community of comedians who perform stand-up, storytelling, song and other forms of comedy, and hosts regular workshops and showcases. In addition, WICF Daily is a full-scale comedy site featuring news from all over the comedy world and original content including interviews with comedians, writers, directors, and producers, editorials and a network of WICF-produced podcasts, original humor articles, videos, and cartoons.