On Saturday April 14, 8-9:30pm, VAE will host six hilarious female comedians in conjunction with the current exhibition, Feminine Spectrum, curated by Stacey Kirby. The goal is to showcase talented comedy performers while creating deeper experiences of our exhibitions, encouraging new community connections, and giving you a chance to laugh your head off for 90 minutes.
Doors open at 7 - so you can have time to check out Feminine Spectrum.
Show starts at 8!
Space is limited so grab your seats now!
For April's show, comedy guru and host Adam Cohen is bringing a crew of five professional female comedians. Check out this line up of funny!
Tori Chaffee is originally from Burlington, VT. After deciding she couldn't take the harsh winters anymore and fleeing a hit-and-run accident, she moved to Chapel Hill and began doing comedy in January of 2016. She has been referred to, by herself, as the William Graham Bell of the Triangle comedy scene with the good looks and poise of a poor man’s or a homeless man’s January Jones. She has been seen on showcases in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston Salem and Willmington. You can catch her selling merch outside after the show. “Merch” is what the kids call drugs these days.
Mimi Benfield: Charlotte comedian Mimi Benfield is truly a "Gay of Sunshine." She's funny, candid & runs a Twitter page that's the perfect place to "accidentally" lose a couple of hours. In half a decade on stage she's conquered venues from Ontario to Hawaii and Beyond, embarked upon multiple comedy tours and participated in events alongside industry icons like Margaret Cho, Jen Kirkman, and Carlos Mencia. A woman of rare Vision, she's combined twin passions for humor and Tattoos in the groundbreaking "Laugh Ink."
Brett Williams is a zoologist and comedian and singer/songwriter who starred as Kate Monster in Avenue Q and is sure to make you laugh with her adorably dark humor. She has performed standup all over the southeast and has opened for Jon Reep and Mary Mack, among others. She recently won the One-Liner Tournament at the PIT in Chapel Hill.
Raleigh-based Shari Díaz was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and is now the only Latina Comic in North Carolina. She is the founder of Boogie Down South Productions and a producer of Raleigh's Oak City Comedy Festival. She has opened for one of the original “Latin Kings of Comedy," Joey Medina, as well as BET Comic View comedians Kenny Williams, Anthony “AD” Demmer, and many others.
Gretchen McNeely is a seasoned performer with a background in sketch, improvisation, stand-up, voiceover, radio and humor writing. She's had the good fortune to open for Jen Kirkman, Maria Bamford, and Kurt Braunohler, among others. Gretchen is currently a comic, storyteller, event host, and corporate speaker. She has two young daughters, both already skilled in feigned innocence and misdirection.
Jody Oakley is a comedian based in Carrboro who appears regularly at many of the "Eyes Up Here Shows" in the Triangle and at the newly-opened PIT in Chapel Hill. Her comedy is drawn from real-life experiences as the mostly-proud owner of three dogs, as someone who dates sometimes, and as a woman, or whatever.
Host: Adam Cohen's life is a joke. He is a standup comedian who was runner-up in 2015's "North Carolina's Funniest Person" contest, and is also a visual artist, animator and director. He is co-founder of The Dangling Loafer comedy showcase in Raleigh. His other comedic dabblings have included syndication selection of his daily comic strip "Herschel" by Creators Syndicate; co-creation of "Major Flake," an animated pilot for Cartoon Network; and many years of award-winning work as an advertising creative director. He lives in Raleigh with his wife, two kids, cat, and an assortment of fascinating compulsions.