HEADLINERS: Zainab Johnson, Emma Willmann, Irene Tu
FEATURING: Heather Marulli, Mona Shaikh, Holly Lynnea, Caitlin Peluffo
HOST: Belinda Carroll
Zainab Johnson, a stand-up comedian and actress, is quickly being propelled as one of the most unique and engaging performers on stage and screen. Zainab's comedy is based on her unique point-of-view, which was shaped growing up in Harlem as one of thirteen siblings in a Muslim family. After getting a degree in math and taking a job as a teacher, she quickly learned that she had a different calling.
Zainab can most recently be seen in her breakout appearance on HBO's All Def Comedy and has made appearances on Arsenio, BET's WOKE AF, MTV's Acting Out and AXSTV's Gotham Comedy Live!.
In 2014, she performed in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival as one of the 2014 New Faces of Comedy as well as one of the breakout new comedians on NBC's Last Comic Standing Season 8. She most recently sold a television show to ABC with Wanda Sykes producing.
Maine native and Comedy Cellar regular, Emma is one of the top comedians in New York City. Emma made her late night debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2016 and has also performed standup on Fuse's Uproarious, Seeso's Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, and The Guest List and AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live. In 2017, Emma had the opportunity to record a set for the CNN series The History of Comedy. Later this year you can catch Emma on the MTV International talking head series Vidiots and the web series Gay Girl Straight Girl.
Irene Tu is a Chicago-born, San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. Named one of the Bay Area's "11 Best Stand Up Comedians" and a "Woman to Watch" by KQED, she has opened for comedians such as W. Kamau Bell, Hari Kondabolu, Aparna Nancherla, and Gary Gulman. Irene has also been featured in SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Riot LA, and on VICELAND and Seeso (RIP). You can follow Irene on social media @irene_tu or in real life at her shows: Man Haters, The Mission Position, and Millennials Ruin Everything (they do). irenetu.com
This highly curated festival aims to showcase a broad range of styles and perspectives among women in comedy while guaranteeing that every show - and every performer - delivers top notch comedy for audiences of all genders.
IFC/JOLLY RANCHER main stage at Curious Comedy Theater.