Ladies of Laughter comedy competition was started 20 years ago as a way to promote and bring more exposure to women comics. One of those women is finalist Veronica Mosey, who with competition winners Jane Condon and newcomer Olga Namer, will be bringing the laughs to the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City on Sept. 28 at 7:00pm.
“I did my first showcase with ladies of laughter about 16 years ago, I think ,and I was in the amateur category,” she said. “I was in the pro competition just a couple weeks ago.”
In addition to being a Ladies of Laughter finalist, Mosey was labeled “One of Five Comics to Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine and has been seen on Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, Dr. Phil, Fox News Channel and VH1 as well as at HBO’s Aspen Comedy Festival and the TBS Las Vegas Comedy Festival. She was also a contributing joke writer on Jerry Seinfeld’s The Marriage Ref.
Every credit is hard-won and one of the biggest challenges of all according to Mosey?
“Being labeled a female comic. One of the things I have always hoped for my whole life was just to be a funny comedian,” she said. “And to be kind of boxed in, I feel like sometimes the label can be frustrating because we have this desire, we have a need, actually to uplift ourselves and say, ‘Hey! We’re women! Pay attention to us.’ But really, it should just be that we are in lineups with men. There are plenty of female comics out there who are very funny who just aren’t in the spotlight or maybe aren’t matching the current trends in female comedy and are therefore getting lost in the trenches.”
Mosey said her routine covers, among other things becoming a mother at 41 and the expectations that are on mothers. She enjoys making fun of the high pressure atmosphere that is motherhood. But her comedic target extends beyond that as well, taking aim at society at large
“The way we regard causes, and all of those things we are constantly protesting abut and enraged about,” she said. “I try to put a different perspective on that.”
For Mosey, it’ all about understanding, and that is one of her favorite things about what she does.
“It is the ability to have a conversation with 500 people at once. That’s really how I look at it. It’s really just a conversation, getting people to see your point of view. Even if they don’t get it, and you still get a laugh out of it, it still means they still understand you. That feeling is the best,” Mosey said. “When you push boundaries a little bit and you are able to think outside the box and you are able to take people on that journey with you, it’s really fun.”
Mosey isn’t the only one having fun, either. The laughter generated should be considerable.
“Expect to go home with sore bellies,” she said.
Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. Ladies of Laughter is sponsored by M&T Bank and IBM, and underwritten by the Schorr Family.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City.