If laughter truly is the best medicine, the women of Boston Comedy Chicks deserve an M.D. Produced by the Women in Comedy Festival, which comes to Boston every spring, Boston Comedy Chicks provides shows, workshops, and an important platform for women in the industry year round.
The 2018–2019 season features an array of comedy events from the BCC’s home base at Doyle’s café in Jamaica Plain. You can check out new routines at an open mic night on the first Thursday of every month, followed by a workshop for burgeoning female comedians, or attend a Saturday Showcase hosted every month except December. Shows are open to all genders, although special emphasis is placed on women in the industry.
Tickets are still available for the next showcase on Saturday, Nov. 10, and we’ve got the lowdown on three showcase performers to whet your comedic appetite.
Headliner Erin Maguire has Boston (well, Arlington, to be exact) roots, although she now lives out her comedy dreams in New York. She won the title of Last “Comix” standing at Mohegan Sun and the Woodstock Comedy Festival. Maguire has also appeared on ESPN, the Game Show Network, and in Nunsense. Her sharp, topical sketches poke fun at both female stereotypes and current events, like in her latest YouTube video, where she whips up an “Im-peach-mint” cocktail.
Comedian Michelle Sui says her life goal is to affirmative action her way into an hour-long Comedy Central special called #MadeinChina. And the engineer by day is starting on the local stages as Boston’s answer to Ali Wong. Sui has performed at the Comedy Studio, Improv Boston, Laugh Boston, and Nick’s Comedy Stop as well as the Boston Comedy Arts Festival. Using her multicultural background as a launching pad, she does wry, sometimes dark, comedy that will have you rolling in your chair with laughter.
By day, Isha Patnaik is a UX Researcher at Wayfair ensuring that customers can find the perfect couch. By night, she’s a raucous comedian ensuring that audience members laugh until their sides ache. Patnaik joined the comedy scene in 2015 as part of the Tufts Stand-up Comedy Collective. She hails herself as a “white people anthropologist” and uses her experience as a woman of color to make hilarious, relatable commentary on cultural interactions.