June 2011

As any doctor will tell you, it’s good — and healthy — to laugh. That’s one reason why it’s especially cool that NYWICI’s Foundation Board has institutionalized a “laugh event” each summer with its Ladies Who Laugh benefit.

On June 28, you’re invited to gather, giggle, snort and honk with and at some of the funniest women in comedy. The fundraiser takes place from 6:00-9:00pm at NBC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza: The Jimmy Fallon Studio 6B. (For more details, including pricing, click here.)

 


Karith FosterKarith Foster
From Karith’s website “Since coming to NYC, she’s been nicknamed ‘Princess’ by several friends who are convinced she’s actually a Jewish girl from Long Island trapped in her body — which would technically make her a JA-AP (Jewish African-American Princess). 

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Helen Hong

Helen Hong
From Helen’s website “As a stand-up comedian, Helen’s ‘cute little Asian girl’ demeanor leaves audiences totally unprepared for her naughty and irreverent material.”

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Jodie Wasserman

Jodie Wasserman
New York City native Jodie upset her parents by studying acting after graduating from college. Then, at the recommendation of an acting coach, she tried stand-up and hasn’t looked back.

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Marion GrodinMarion Grodin
When it comes to comedy, Marion Grodin can pretty much do it all….When it comes to life…well, she’s still working on paying her parking tickets, and trying not to eat cake.

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Kristen SchaalKristen Schaal
With glowing reviews and multiple awards, Kristen Schaal has become an established star of the alternative comedy scene. Schaal won the award for Best Alternative Comic at the 2006 United States Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen . . .

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Our Host for the Evening:

Sara Haines
Contributing Correspondent, NBC News' TODAY

Sara Haines was named Contributing Correspondent for NBC News' "Today," America's number one morning television program, in May 2009. She currently appears daily on the fourth hour of "Today" alongside hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. In addition to covering fan updates and interacting with viewers via Facebook and Twitter, Sara is featured in a daily segment where she reports on online trends, showcases crazy fan photos, and tries her hand at odd jobs in NYC.

Haines began online reporting in August 2008 as host of TODAYshow.com's popular entertainment video blog, Backstage Pass. In this role, she interviewed countless celebrity entertainers, actors and musicians for the vlog, and gave viewers a behind-the-scenes insider look at the "Today" show. Haines joined "Today" In 2002 as a Production Coordinator, overseeing the day-to-day coordination for the production staff as well as the broadcast logistics at Rockefeller Center in New York City and on remote broadcast sites.

Prior to joining NBC News, she was a member of NBC's elite Page Program. In addition to her work on “Today,” Haines is a tech contributor for Ladies’ Home Journal, a unique lifestyle magazine published by Meredith Corporation dedicated to the millions of American women who want to look good, do good and feel great. A graduate from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, Haines has a Bachelor of Arts in Government. She is a native of Newton, Iowa, where she grew up with her parents and three siblings, and currently resides in New York City.