The Broad Humor Film Festival celebrated its 6th season by opening the festivities with a live show of female comics that had the audience roaring with laughter. The night was billed as a Standup Soiree and, at $15 a ticket with no drink minimum, was the best value night of comedy to be had in LA this month. The show was put together in cooperation with Collective Energy Productions and showed the enormous range of style and humor women can bring to the microphone. Every one of the performers owned the room, and lest you imagine the humor was all for the gals, know that the men in the audience were in tears from laughing so hard.
The women in the Standup Soiree line-up have been seen on stages all over the country as well as on network television. They each brought on a totally different style and content to their acts so that the audience got 5 very different comedy performances in the 90-minute show. The only flaw in the evening was that it ended too soon.
The show's host, Victoria Cordova, welcomed the audience with her goofy, laid back persona and introduced the five femaie comic performers. Aparna Nancharla opened the evening with a dry and deadpan razor wit that showed an original and delightful take on life. Jessi Campbell changed pace with her high-energy stories from a down-to-earth perspective that had people nodding in recognition while shaking their heads in disbelief. Lisa Landry was up next and combined blithe and sexy in a fabulous routine that was sweetly shameless. Erin Foley followed in a routine full of intelligence stunned by the absurdity of humanity. The closing act, Laurie Kilmartin, took on motherhood and relationships and left them skewered and lifeless on the floor before she left.
The Broad Humor Film Festival was started to focus on women's comedic films, and one can only hope that this addition of a live stand-up show harbingers a shift to a broader focus on all forms of women's humor.