“COLORSTRUCK!: Women of Color in Comedy,” Boston’s first and only women of color comedy showcase, is set to return for two nights this November with one of its most decorated and diverse lineups to date.
Bringing together a group of eight amazingly talented comedians, this year’s COLORSTRUCK! features some of the funniest females in country with acts that have been performed in and on such celebrated comedic venues as the Montreal Comedy Festival, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing, among others.
Along with COLORSTRUCK! Founding members Bethany Van Delft (Montreal Comedy Festival), Deb Farar Parkman (The World According To Us), and Janet Cormier (Cormier’s Comedy Madness), the show features rising star and returnee Esther Ku (Last Comic Standing), Sheila Jackson, Susan Alexander (5 Funny Females), Julie Kitayama (Women inComedy Festival), Asie Mohtarez (Comic Strip Live), and Phoebe Robinson (Gotham Comedy Club).
Bethany Van Delft is not a llama, but she is a stand up comedian. She is a founding member/producer of “Colorstruck: Women of Color in Comedy”, New England’s first and only women of color comedy showcase. She has been featured in the Boston Comedy Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival, and The Greater Boston Alternative Comedy Festival and is a core member of the touring show “5 Funny Females”. She was a finalist in the inaugural ‘Comedy Leagues’ at The 2010 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and can currently be seen on Comedy Central Mobile’s “Funaticos”. She will definitely win something and/or be on TV by next year.
Deb Farrar-Parkman is a Black woman who can definitely handle her business or so goes one of her stand-up routines. TheEmmy-award winning freelance documentary producer/writer’s comedy stylings have been featured on Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, WCVB TV’s (ABC) Chronicle and Cityline, and WBZ TV’s (CBS) Women’s View. She performs coast to coast and will be a featured performer in the upcoming national Race and Humor tour You’ve Crossed the Line!
Janet Cormier is the comedian with attitude and edge. Funny yes, predictable no. Audiences never know where Janet is taking them, but they follow willingly and laughing all the way. Her topics are endless ranging from local politics and commuter stories to space travel. Janet Cormier is the news junkie and people watcher who reports the facts, she just does it …outrageously!
Esther Ku is smart, funny, adorable, diverse and a comic to watch. she officially began her stand-up career in Boston where she shared the stage with Doug Stanhope, Steven Wright, Jonathan Katz, and Teddy Bergeron. Ku was selected as one of the ten best diverse comedians for the 2006 NBC Stand-up for Diversity Showcase, has performed in the hit comedy Shear Madness, the longest-running non-musical play in American theatre history, and is seen on 2008 Last Comic Standing.
Susan Alexander began her stand-up comedy career in San Francisco hosting a popular live weekly Friday and Saturday Night Showcases in downtown San Francisco at the San Francisco Comedy Club. Susan is the host and producer of a sold-out 12 US city all female standup comedy tour 5 Funny Females and Singles Who Mingle™, a touring stand-up comedy show and singles mixer . She’s has been featured in the Friars Club Celebrity Roast of Star Trek and Heroes George Takei. Now based in New York City, Susan is working on her own web series along with upcoming TV projects.
Asie Mohtarez is an Iranian-American comedian living and performing in New York City. She began studying improv and acting after several failed attempts at fulfilling her immigrant parents’ American dreams of her becoming a doctor-lawyer-engineer. You can find Miss Mohtarez performing stand-up around the city at Comix, Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club and The New York Comedy Club. She hosts The Local Show @Pianos, has been featured in Glamour, Time Out NY and NY Magazine and blogs regularly at http://asie.tumblr.com/.
Julie Kitayama is a stand up comic from Arlington Massachusetts. She ventured into the Boston Comedy scene looking for a creative way to express herself and share some of her writing and she found it. Her unique perspective comes from her multi-cultural up bringing and living a happily, single life in an otherwise coupled world. Her Buddhist beliefs help her navigate the world one date at a time.
Cleveland-native Phoebe Robinson is steadfastly making her presence known in the New York City comedy scene, which saw her debut two years ago. Recently, she performed in NBC’s Stand Up Diversity and the New York Underground Comedy Festival for the second year in a row and was featured in the New York Times. She regularly appears at such venues as New York Comedy Club, Carolines, and Comix. Currently, she hosts a weekly comedy show at Manchester Pub called Case of the Mondays and co-created and co-hosts a bi-monthly podcast called Shelarious.
ColorStruck originated in 2000 as ‘Women of Color’ at the Comedy Studio in Harvard Square with Cormier, Farrar-Parkman, Van Delft, and others. They sold out their very first performance, forcing the club to turn away as many people as they let in. In 2003 the show expanded to two nights and two venues: the Comedy Studio and Jimmy Tingle’s OFF BROADWAY Theater (JTOB). In 2004, the show officially moved to JTOB and expanded to three shows over three nights. The ladies also gave it a new moniker: ColorStruck: Boston’s Women of Color in Comedy.
A list of past performers for COLORSTRUCK! includes Karith Foster (Imus in the Morning, Comedy Central, VH1), Leigh Ann Lord (The Original HBO Def Comedy All Star Jam, winner of ABC’s The View “Hilarious Housewives, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Comics Unleashed), Roz Browne (Comic View, The View, America’s Funniest People).
COLORSTRUCK!: Women of Color in Comedywill run for two consecutive nights beginning at 8:30pm on Friday, November 19thand 8:30pm on Saturday, November 20that Nick’s Comedy Stop, 100 Warrenton Street in Boston’s Theater District. Tickets can be purchased at a cost of $20 each by visiting www.nickscomedystop.comor directly through Ticketweb at: www.ticketweb.com.
For more information contact Bethany Van Delft at [email protected]