Ladies Who Laugh is now vintage. On July 19, 2016, NYWICI held its 10th annual fundraiser at Carolines On Broadway with a dynamic lineup that had the audience laughing and crying, usually at the same time.
Linda Descano, Immediate Past President, opened the show excited for a night filled with one-liners from the rising stars of comedy that would benefit a scholarship for a lucky woman pursuing a career in communications.
Sara Armour emceed and kept the audience laughing in between each act. She decided she may have a future as an auctioneer after a flawless raffle performance, which included four tickets to the Rockettes New York Spectacular, Amazon Echos, a Shinola watch, lunch with Liz Kaplow and more.
Liz Barrett, Jacqueline Novak, Giulia Rozzi, Yamaneika Saunders and Liza Treyger rounded out the show with bits on dating in New York, unrealistic beauty expectations for women and navigating a world, where all your friends are married and have children and you're just not interested because you're trying to live life with no restrictions.
Although many of the jokes during the "estrogen fest" focused on the double standard women have to deal with, the men in the audience were laughing too. The comedy was funny and fair, but the Gentleman Jack whiskey from our sponsor definitely didn't hurt!
Girl power was palpable and everyone in the room (even the two men who braved comic critiques of their gender) enjoyed the respite to literally laugh out loud about the pros and comedic cons of being a woman.
Many of the comediennes cracked jokes about their mothers, or (not) becoming mothers themselves. It was interesting to witness how many female experiences transcend generations.
Sara, a NJ native, kicked off the event as emcee and talked about how her mother was her biggest fan and that her Mom could possibly be played by Christopher Lloyd in drag. Also, how she appeared on “Last Coming Standing” without actually making it on the show. Liz had a very austere approach to comedy as she mocked her own marriage and relationships, whereas Jacqueline's comedy style was very casual — she talked about food and the art of eating the pizza “triangle”.
Yamaneika’s approach was more irreverent and raunchy, and she had the place rocking when she talked about her own sexual exploits and how to keep a poker face when a man gets naked. Liza used her very sarcastic style talking about how we put up with perfect people’s habits while criticizing those who aren’t quite as well put together. And Guilia had more of a wholesome take. She joked about embarrassing classroom mishaps and how her Grandma “Nonni” saved the day.
The event proceeds will support NYWICI scholarships. Each year, NYWICI awards 15-25 scholarships to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who intend to pursue or further a career in communications. Learn more.
With reporting by Marie Dugo and Erica Martell.
Photos: Jan Goldstoff