This summer, comedy producers are searching for the New York metropolitan area’s funniest women to take part in the Ladies of Laughter comedy contest for cash prizes, comedy bookings, gift certificates, merchandise and the 2012 Ladies of Laughter titles.
“Since it was first introduced into comedy clubs in 1999, the Ladies of Laughter series has awarded comedy bookings, major publicity and over $20,000 to comediennes and has been a driving force behind women comediennes getting to the next level in their careers,” said Executive Producer, Peggy Boyce.
The events have led contestants to appearances in local and national media, including ABC-Television, Comedy Central, FOX-TV and even to feature stories in the New York Times, not to mention the paid bookings many comediennes receive afterwards at major comedy clubs.
A percentage of proceeds from this year’s events will benefit Buddy Cares – an animal rights advocacy group that provides wellness and services to abandoned animals in need.
2012 Ladies of Laughter sponsors include, Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, The Comic Strip, Leica Camera, Back Stage Magazine, Comic Bible and Andover Communications. Part of the prize package will also include the winner taking part in a paid comedy tour co-produced by Ladies of Laughter and Admire Entertainment.
Those interested in registering for Ladies of Laughter should go to www.ladiesoflaughter.org. Contestants must be eighteen years or older and must enter no later than July 20th to be considered for the 2012 competition.
Ladies of Laughter has separate categories for “Professionals” and “Newcomers”. Each contestant will be judged on audience response, originality, material and delivery by a panel of entertainment industry judges. Winners from each event advance to the Finale where they will be perform before Comedy Central, major talent representatives and press.
Tuesday, July 17th @ 8:00pm-Broadway Comedy Club- 318 W. 53rd St. New York, 212-757-2323
Tuesday, July 24th @ 8:00pm-Broadway Comedy Club-318 W. 53rd St. New York, 212-757-2323
Friday, July 27th@ 6:15pm-The Comic Strip-1568 Second Ave. New York, 212-861-9386
Wednesday, Aug. 1st @ 8:00pm-Broadway Comedy Club-318 W. 53rd St. New York, 212-757-2323
2012 LADIES OF LAUGHTER FINALS:
Wednesday, Aug. 15th @ 8:00pm-Gotham Comedy Club-208 W. 23rd. St. New York, 212-367-9000
Tickets for all preliminary events can be purchased at Ladies of Laughter.org under “2012 Events”
Tickets for the 2012 Finale on August 15th can be purchased at gothamcomedyclub.com
For more information on Ladies of Laughter, go to www.ladiesoflaughter.org. To keep up to date on all the developments in this year’s Ladies of Laughter series, “Like” “The Ladies of Laughter” on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at LadiesOLaughter.