2012 Stand-Up Comedy

Stand Up for Estro was back for the EstroGenius 2012 Festival and was featured at the Festival twice each week.

The dates were Friday, November 9th; Saturday, November 10th; Friday, November 16th; Saturday, November 17th; and Friday November 30th.  All nights 10 PM. Tickets $5 buckaroos, no drink minimum.

MARIBETH MOONEY- Producer and Host 

Maribeth Mooney is once again thrilled to be Producing and Hosting Stand Up For Estro.  A comedian, actress and writer based in New York City, she appears in clubs, bars and basements in the Tri-State area.  Often doing comedy.

Maribeth has been a proud member and supporter of Manhattan Theatre Source and The EstroGenius Festival for 7 years now. She was introduced to The Source after stage-managing at the 2004 International Fringe Festival just down the street from the theatre’s former home.  She has only appeared onstage as a actor a handful of times however the theatre was so impressed with her spackling, carpentry and deft hand with Dipsy Doodle sales they offered her the chance to produce the first ever Stand Up for Estro two years ago.  Needless to say she jumped at the chance.  She still paints and spackles but sadly her beloved Doodle sales days are behind her.  (damn transfat and corn syrup!)

She is the creator and host of Moons Over My Hammy at Otto’s Shrunken Head, a show currently running every other Wednesday and the first Friday of the month.  Many of the comics here perform with her on the show much to her delight.

Maribeth also co-hosts a new mic called Tranny Oakley Open Mic at the Pine Tree Lodge on Mondays along with fellow Stand Up for Estro comic, Krystyna Hutchinson. If you are free, swing on by!

Miss Mooney is a member of WOW Collective.  Her essays have been published in The Rumpus and McSweeney’s.

Stepping out of the third person for a moment- I’d like to thank each and every one of the comics who is appearing in this Festival.  You’re my friends, you constantly inspire me to be better, you are amazing to watch on stage, you are pains in the ass who give me tough love when I need it and sometimes when I don’t (what’s that about?) but mostly You are the Funniest Damn Women I’ve Ever Met. Thank you.

And before I go a giant thank you to Fiona Jones, Jen Thatcher,  Jon Ecklund and my “guardian angel” Vincent Marano for your patience and not giving up on us.

For more information visit www.maribethmooney.com.

MARGA GOMEZ- International Headliner             (Appearing Saturday, November 10th) 

“Amazing… like a Lesbian Lenny Bruce.” Robin Williams

“Brave. Hysterical. Adore Her!” Eve Ensler

GLAAD award winner, Marga Gomez has performed stand-up on HBO, LOGO, Comedy Central and PBS and numerous universities and festivals. She was named one of 2012’s “Women We Love” by GONYC magazine, “Best Lesbian Comedian 2012” byABOUT.COM and “Best Comedian 2012” by The San Francisco Bay Guardian. The New York Times called Gomez “Deliciously Cheeky.”
She is also the author of nine solo plays which have been produced Off-Broadway, nationally and Internationally. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Sundance Film Festival and Chicago’s Humanities Festival.

Her acting work includes roles in Tracy Ullman’s “Tracy Takes on…” Batman Forever and Sphere. Born in Harlem and raised in Washington Heights, Gomez currently lives in San Francisco. margagomez.com



STAND UP FOR ESTRO CAST (in alphabetical order)

AMY BECKERMAN                                             (Appearing Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 17th)

Amy Beckerman is a comedian, producer and photographer based in New York City.

Beckerman was the Producer and Host of Dykes on Mics, a comedy show that ran for three years at various venues in NYC such as Comix and the legendary Stonewall Inn and performed all over the Northeast, including The Art House Theatre during Provincetown’s Women’s Week. Dykes on Mics was billed as a “best bet for comedy” several times by Time Out New York.

In March 2010, Beckerman co-produced Generosititties, the topless comedy event that raises money for The Young Survival Coalition. The premier show was in March 2010 at Comix in New York City.

In early 2012, Beckerman produced her first solo show at the Magnet Theatre in NYC called They Don’t Serve Chicken Parm in Bellevue.

Beckerman has been seen on MTV, HERE TV, and Howard Stern. Most recently, she was named “Best Comic” at the GO Magazine Readers Choice Awards in 2012.

Beckerman is one of the few that genuinely loves to make people laugh. She says things other people think, but wouldn’t have the balls to say. She is cynical with a twist of sarcasm she instills with every bite of life. 

For more information visit:www.amybeckerman.com. To see Amy’s photographer, visit www.amybeckermanphotography.com

AMY DAULTON                                                   (Appearing Friday, November 2nd and Friday, November 16th )

Amy Daulton is a stand up, sketch and improv comic currently performing throughout New York City’s alternative comedy scene.  She has performed alongside Fred Willard in the sketch group, Mohos in Los Angeles, and has toured her weird brand of comedy both nationally and internationally. She is half of the sketch comedy duo, Fantastic Genius, and can be seen spitting her raw and honest stand up to audiences nightly. Amy has trained with the Groundlings, UCB and Armando Diaz, and has performed in numerous comedy festivals, including the New York Underground Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, and Boston Improv Festival.  Amy loves spaghetti, but hates injustice. Amy lives in New York City with her two cute but socially awkward dogs.

REGINA DECICCO                                               (Appearing Friday, November 16th) 

Regina DeCicco spent many years in television behind the scenes before  deciding to take the plunge into the world of stand-up comedy. After  five seasons at Saturday Night Live in the Design Department and one  season at “Whoopi,” Whoopi Goldberg’s NBC sitcom, Regina realized the  time had come, and you can now find her at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up  NY, Comix & Broadway Comedy Club.

In August 2012, Regina  became The New Winner in the Ladies of Laughter competition which was  held at various clubs all over NYC, with participants from all over the country. Since 1999, Ladies of Laughter has  been the careerbuilder for women in comedy. Regina became “Lower Hudson  Valley’s Funniest Person” in 2011 after competing against those  from Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Northern Bergen counties. Regina  was selected to be a part of the 2011 Women in Comedy Festival which was held in Boston. Regina studied improvisational comedy at the  Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in NY and currently performs, writes  and films sketches with her all female group, “Candy Slice.”

Presently, Regina is developing an original idea  for a Broadway musical with writing partner, Lindsey Turner, and a song  and lyrics teams comprised of Gary Adler, the musical genius behind “Altar Boyz” and Phoebe Kreutz.

Regina also produces and  performs in a monthly stand-up show at The Underground Lounge in NYC  called “Girls Gone Funny.” You can also find her all over the country  performing with “The Italian Chicks.” Regina is always happy to share her ever evolving story of being a woman in comedy. As a graduate of Barnard College, she was asked to return last year as the keynote  speaker for their Senior Class Dinner.  Most recently, Regina was the  Alumni Speaker at Rockland Community College’s 2010 Commencement.

SAMANTHA DEROSE                                         (Appearing Friday, November 2nd, Saturday, November 17th and Friday, November 30th)

New Jersey native Samantha DeRose got her start in comedy in 1998 as the creator / head writer for the now defunct myjobstinks.com.  Her off-the-wall horoscopes were picked in 2001 up by Texas based magazine, The Denton Scramble.  Samantha’s observational comedy style includes musings about motherhood, work, pop-culture, politics, family, and inner (self-deprecating) reflections.  You might even be sucked into a sing-along at one of her gigs if she brings her guitar.

Samantha has been performing stand-up comedy since 2009 all over the country.  She has been seen in New York City at Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Duplex, The Metropolitan Room, and The Stonewall Inn.  Outside of the city, Samantha has performed in clubs all over New Jersey, in Texas at The Houston Club, and at The Comedy Cabana in Myrtle Beach.

She is a regular contributor on Huffington Post Live. You can read Samantha’s unpublished best-selling novel, Gin & Tonic for the Bitter Soul, sequel to Do These Peanut M&Ms Make My Ass Look Fat?

For more information visit www.samanthaderose.com.

KATIE FIELD                                                        (Appearing Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd)

Two years ago Katie Field was a 50 something, tired mother of two boys and wife of 28 years. She was gradually slipping into her twilight years wearing comfy tartan sheepskin lined slippers, smoking a pipe (she exaggerates) and watching endless soap operas on a flat screen TV she can not programme. Then along came HRT. Now she’s full of life, she’s thrown away the pipe, kicked her kids butts at Call of Duty, has eaten her copy of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ for breakfast and is breezing through the London Comedy Circuit like a breath of fresh air on steroids. She is a recent quarter finalist at the Golden Jester competition and had a short run of guest appearance at the Edinburgh Free Fringe. With her tales of fighting the ageing process, love and kinship – you’ll love her quirky British humour and take on life (but not as we know it Jim!)

What people say about Katie….

“Very funny lady that keeps the audience chuckling from beginning to end. My wife loved her” Nigel Adams (Gig Promoter)

“F***ing Brilliant” random man in Cambridge Audience (Definitely wasn’t Stephen Hawkin – I would have recognised the voice).

“Katie has the unique ability to make people of all ages laugh. Great act. We will be booking her again, in fact what you doing Thursday?” James Beatty (LOL Club Owner)

JOANNE FILAN                                                     (Appearing Saturday, November 10th and Friday November 30th) 

Growing up in New Jersey (but refusing to die there), Joanne has made her way around the comedy club scene and around the comedy country.  Performing at well-known places like The Friars Club, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s, New York Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory and more, not to mention a fixture in the traveling show, “The Broads of Broadway”, she works her way around the comedy circuit. She even reaches the masses through her TV and media appearances, including Here TV’s Hot Gay Comics, Comedy Time TV, and in “Comics Favorite Jokes” in the NY Post. Joanne has taken part in festivals and competitions as well, from The New York Underground Comedy Festival, to Philly’s Phunniest Comedian, and the amazing Estrogenius Festival to mention a few. She has ventured into the college circuit, hosting and starring in events at Bryn Mawr College, Monmouth and Lehigh Universities, and many more. She is also a regular speaker at creative writing classes at St. John’s University- ensuring her creativity will go on, despite any side effects.

Close to a decade into the business and Joanne has never been more on top of her game.  She consistently delivers a unique “stream of consciousness” style of humor full of random thoughts and quirky observations that keep audiences either rolling in the aisles or on the edges of their seats, anxious to hear what she has to say next.  With an amazing gift for improv, razor-sharp wit, and a subtle delivery, Joanne is an unexpected gem- a comedian so able to tap into the moment that no two shows are ever alike.

To find out where she is next, go to www.upstreamcomedy.com and follow the stream.

CORRINE FISHER                                                (Appearing Saturday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 17th) 

CORINNE FISHER is a stand-up comedian, writer & actor originally from Union, NJ. She first made a splash with her debut one-woman show Corinne Fisher: I STALK YOU which had a run at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) in the Summer of 2010 and was featured in Time Out New York. Since then, she has been a regular on the stand-up scene, playing anything from dive bars to world-famous comedy clubs like Stand up NY, Broadway Comedy Club, Comix & Gotham. Her second stage show, Almost Former Reality TV Stars, had a run at The PIT in June 2011 and told the true (albeit slightly exaggerated) story of how CORINNE and her real-life best friend, actor/model THOMAS WHITFIELD, were hired, then fired from their very own reality TV show.

Most recently, CORINNE performed in a benefit for the AFGHAN WOMEN’S WRITING PROJECT alongside other female New York comedians including SNL alum RACHEL DRATCH. CORINNE is also 1/2 of SORRY ABOUT LAST NIGHT…, her comedy duo with KRYSTYNA HUTCHINSON. CORINNE is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video and is an Advanced Study student in the Upright Citizens Brigade’s prestigious improvisation training program.

For tour dates, please visit: www.corinnefisher.com and follow her on Twitter @PhilanthropyGal

CHANELLE FUTRELL                                         (Appearing Saturday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 10th) 

Chanelle Futrell is from Los Angeles, CA and is a NYC based comedienne.  Chanelle fell in love with stand-up comedy while working as a check in hostess at Gotham Comedy Club.  She began performing after seeing some of the best comics in the world from the back of the showroom.  Chanelle’s unique perspective of the world brings humor and truth to the many bizarre and interesting stories of her life which she shares with her audience.

Chanelle has been featured in the NY Underground Comedy Festival, Gotham Comedy Club, The Stonewall Inn, and performs regularly in clubs all over NYC. She has been seen on CNN, The Hotel Network, My New York on NBC and is the co-host of “Occupational Hazards” on 99.5FM WBAI radio.

Jahnavi Goldstein                                                     (Appearing Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd)

Jahnavi Goldstein is a comic. She has a weird name, weird upbringing (a hippie/Hare Krishna/Jew clusterf*ck), and an even weirder sense of humor. She likes to describe herself as “an endearing and quirky laughter adventure” – but she suffers from multiple delusions. Touring all over she’s found that black people like her better than British people, but that may be because of her ass rather than her jokes. Jahnavi was a guest performer at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has performed in Los Angeles, New York and London venues such as The Improv, Gotham, The Comedy Cafe, Pinkberry and your mom’s house. Jahnavi believes that laughter is overrated in comedy. She also heavily believes in sarcasm and regularly has threesomes with it and irony. Sometimes her imaginary cat gets jealous. Stalk her at www.twitter.com/jahnavigwww.twitter.com/jahnavigwww.youtube.com/wisteria4,  www.facebook.com/jahnavigoldstein

HELENE GRESSER                                             (Appearing Saturday, November 3rd; Friday, November 9th, Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th) 

Helene has performed throughout most of the contiguous United States; mostly touring in a van, angrily driving whilst others sleep like babies. She is a graduate of two colleges, she has performed at those colleges, and she has also performed a largely foreign and unamused tourist audience in clubs hither and yon. She prefers hither. Or yon. Whichever is NYC, because NYC is home. Well, technically, Wisconsin is her home state, but if you are actually reading this far you are probably not an agent or Hal Prince or anyone who might hire me. You might be my mom if you have read this far, hoping I might thank you. Thank you, mom. Visit Helene at http://www.heyrude.com/.

RHONDA HANSOME                                           (Appearing Saturday, November 10th and Saturday, November 17th) 

Rhonda Hansome is an “Outstanding Comedian” BackStage Bistro Award winner.

She has appeared on the FX comedy hit – Louie, Saturday Night Live, All Night With Joey Reynolds, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Stand-Up Spotlight, Arsenio Hall Show, Evening at the Improv and Showtime At The Apollo.  She was the hooker Bermuda in Pretty Woman and the movie reviewer on The Joan Rivers Show. A few of the acts Rhonda has opened for include Anita Baker, Jackie Mason, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and James Brown.  The Rhonda Hansome Comedy Divorced and Bitter Tour recently returned from Tel Aviv, she has appeared on the London Underground TV show, entertained US troops in Korea and is equally at home on a cruise ship, casino, or comedy club stage. Rhonda is a writer-director www.DirectedByPassion.com and Thursday blogger www.SheSoFunny.org. ‘Like’ Rhonda Hansome Comedy on Face Book, follow @RhondaHansome, hire www.RhondaHansome.com.

Krystyna Hutchinson                                          (Appearing Friday, November 2nd and Friday, November 30th)

Krystyna transfered out of Penn State University to attend college in New York City so that she could intern at Saturday Night Live. Thankfully the last semester of her college career after 3 failed interviews, she got the position and didn’t kill herself. She currently lives in NYC and performs stand-up comedy all over the city, has appeared in TV/Film, and sleeps with her contacts in as a testament to her laziness. Krystyna is 1/2 of the comedy duo “Sorry About Last Night…”, writes and records rap songs in her spare time, and cries when she reads an emotional greeting card. Follow her on twitter @krystynahutch

Cara Kilduff                                                          (Appearing Friday, November 9th, Saturday, November 10th and Friday, November 30th)

Cara started her stand-up career in the classrooms and principal’s offices of the New Britain, CT public school system. Voted “Class Clown” in high school, she took a break to attend film school in the hopes of becoming a “serious” filmmaker. Two schools and a theatre degree later, Cara found herself working on Block Island by day and at the suggestion and offer of a free ticket from the owner of the Empire Theatre, got up on stage to amuse the tourists before the show. Since moving to NYC twelve years ago, she spent four soul sucking years toiling for Corporate America and had a pre-mid-life crisis. She quit her job, took a three week comedy workshop, a one year program in comedy performance and writing and had been doing stand-up ever since. Cara was a member of the sketch comedy group “Hottie Grandma”, performed at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, has appeared on here!TV’s “Hot Gay Comics Live”, performed at clubs and colleges all over, including the Friar’s Club, and is currently a co-host of “Talking About”, a monthly LGBTQ program on Queens Public Television. She most recently debuted her first solo show, “How I Became an Unskilled Laborer” at the People’s Improv Theater.

JAMIE ROSEN                                                      (Appearing Saturday, November 3rd and Friday, November 16th)

Jamie is a girl. The name is unisex. She looks like a girl but has been mistaken for a boy even as an adult. Her Father and Step-mother taught her everything she needed to know about being an adult which means she likes to moon people and read Playboy. Neither of which she will do onstage. She is a new Jew due to her recent marriage to a much older Jewish gentleman. Mrs. Rosen has a unique way of training her new husband with relationship shows like Snapped and When Women Kill.Let her explain in person. Mrs. Rosen is a step-mother. She is preoccupied with looking young forever and germs. Jamie has appeared with Gene Simmons on Family Jewels, been on Sirius/XM, opened for Jackie Martling and performs all over Las Vegas and NYC.

JULIA SCOTTI                                                      (Appearing Friday, November 16th)

Julia has been performing stand up since 1980, beginning her career at the Original Improvisation in New York’s “Hell’s Kitchen”. For most of her career she toured the country as Rick Scotti, headlining in clubs in both the United States and Canada. She has appeared on Comedy Central and Showtime, as the winner of “The Funniest Person in America” Contest for the state of New Jersey (she lost the nationals to Ellen de Generes).

In 2000, Julia left stand up as she began her life altering transition. Now, ten years later, she’s back now with a vengeance, bringing her high energy, highly manic stage persona back to the stand up stage.

In addition, she is currently hosting Julia Scotti’s Comedy Test Kitchen, her own weekly cabaret show in Center City Philadelphia, at the Dark Horse Pub, and is in development for her one woman show, “One Lousy Chromosome”, to debut in 2013. Julia’s blog, Julia Scotti-Inside and Out, is now being read regularly in over ten countries. For an old lady, she gets around, huh?

After a ten year absence from the comedy stage, Julia Scotti is back! Described as a “force of nature” by one of her comedy colleagues, Julia’s high energy will leave you doubled over with laughter as she pulls no punches with her wild-eyed look at life and love!

Find out why this finalist in the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Comedy Competition has been nicknamed “The Crazy Old Lady of Comedy”, as she takes you on a tour through her manic, no-holds-barred view of the way things are and should be ‘According to Julia’!.

July, 24th, 2012-  Julia Scotti wins the preliminary round of the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Competition at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York. She advances to the August 15, 2012 finals at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York. She is the first transgender participant and the first transgender winner!  Contact information Julia Scotti83@gmail.com 732-716-0608