Jan 21


Love to laugh? Let the Ladies of Laughter entertain you this Valentine’s Day. Bring a date or bring friends! Part of the Comedy Club series, the Goodwill Theatre presents the Ladies of Laughter on Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The Comedy Club series is underwritten by the Schorr Family.

The Ladies of Laughter competition provides funny women the opportunity to showcase their unique styles of humor. Their mission is to encourage and promote new and professional comediennes from all walks of life to share their humor with audiences. Ladies of Laughter features the brightest new and professional comediennes in stand-up comedy, including women who have appeared on television and in major nightclubs. Finalists and semi-finalists from recent competitions at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City will be showcasing their talents at the Schorr Stage this season, including Leighann Lord and Robin Fox.

“This Valentine’s Day show is really getting attention from couples and groups of gals who want to laugh their hearts out together for Valentine’s Day,” said Goodwill Theatre CEO Naima Kradjian. “We are excited about the response to all our comedy shows.”

Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at its finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” For two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor. Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory. A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response)

Winner of the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Competition, Robin Fox spent 17 years as a full-time mom and dieting. Then one day, Robin gave up dieting and decided to make her lifelong dream of being a comedian a reality. Today she is happier than she can ever remember and will never look back! Original and funny, she talks from her heart about the frustrations of suburban living, marriage, and raising a family. No longer is she willing to just be the funniest mom on her New Jersey cul-de-sac. She is now a regular on the comedy scene playing at the top clubs in NYC and surrounding areas. Robin rose through the comedy ranks very quickly and has been a finalist at several prestigious comedy contests and festivals including Philly’s “Funniest Comedian” contest, and Baltimore’s “Funniest.” She was a runner up at “The Laugh Off” at Caroline’s in NYC. She also has been seen at the NJ Comedy Festival and at the NY Underground Comedy Festival. Robin can be heard on XM and Sirius satellite radio and has been a guest numerous times on the “Joey Reynolds Show” on WOR coast to coast. Robin has been on We Entertainment television and on Lifetime TV. Robin was a “Hot Topic” of Conversation on ABC’s “The View” and was recently seen on Nick Mom.

Tickets for the New York City Ladies of Laughter are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased at the Goodwill Theatre’s website: www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.