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    Showtime presents
    the world premiere screening of the season 2 premiere
    as part of the Women in Comedy Festival
    Thursday, 4/19 at 7pm

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  • WICF Presents
    The Daily Show’s Gina Yashere

    Headlining Show at The Rockwell, Sunday, April 22nd, 7pm

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  • Wanda Sykes at WICF!
    April 20th, 8pm

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  • Tig Notaro is Headlining WICF!
    April 21st, 7pm

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  • WBUR’s Circle Round at WICF!
    April 22nd, 2:30pm

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  • WICF Presents Laurie Forster
    Award-winning Sommelier and Comedian:
    Wine Meets Punchline in
    ‘Something to Wine About’
    April 20th, 8pm

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  • Jelly: Women in Comedy Night
    Every 4th Thursday at ImprovBoston

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  • WICF Presents Boston Comedy Chicks
    Saturday Showcases – Second Saturdays at Doyle’s Café

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    Stand Up Workshops Every First Thursday






WICF presents the annual Women in Comedy Festival each spring, and events and content all year round.

2018 Women in Comedy Festival Schedule

April 19th-22nd – Special Kick-Off Show April 18th


  • Acting for Animation: How to Make Your Voice Stand Out, Thurs, 4/18, 5pm

  • Anatomy of an Original Comedy Writing Sample, Fri, 4/20, 5pm

  • Every word counts: Finding your TV set, Sat, 4/21, 12:30pm

  • How To Be A Working Comic, Sat, 4/21, 2:30pm

  • The Onion & Clickhole Present: The Art of Satire in a World of Fake News, Sat, 4/21, 4pm

  • Tight Five: The Art of Off the Cuff Stand Up, Sat, 4/21, 2:30 pm

  • Showtime presents the world premiere screening of the season 2 premiere

  • WICF Comedy Short Contest with Paul Feig, 4/21, 2pm

  • Fim Festival: The HBO Insider Challenge, 4/21, 4pm

  • WICF Kick-Off Event: Paid for By, 4/18,8pm

Children’s Programming

Live Podcasts

Special Shows

WICF Kick-Off Show

Join us on Wednesday, April 18th,
for a special Kick-Off event at LaughBoston,
Starring Boston comedy powerhouses
Kelly MacFarland (Comedy Central, ABC)
and Tony V (“I Feel Pretty”, HBO.

38.7% Series

People of Color Make Up 38.7%
of the U.S. Population. Come See How
the Other Half Laughs
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NBC Spotlight Series

NBC presents some of the
best up-and-coming comedians
from the U.S. and Canada

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Top Shelf Series

Headlining comedy on
ImprovBoston’s Mainstage

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Up Close Series

See top performers in
ImprovBoston’s intimate
studio theater

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Themed Shows

From The Onion Presents
Nerd Up to a tribute to
Guns N’Roses, make it
a night out to remember

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Indie Shows

Tour Boston’s booming
local comedy scene
in these special
WICF edition shows

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Thunder Road

379 Somerville Ave, Somerville
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730 Tavern, Kitchen, & Patio

730 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
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Bill’s Bar

5 Lansdowne Street, Boston
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Pavement Coffee House

736 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
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  • Comedy Night at Pavement Coffee House, Fri, 4/20, 7:30pm

Middlesex Lounge

315 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
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Brattle Theater

40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
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  • Emma Willmann 4/20, 7pm

  • Emmy Blotnick, 4/20, 9:30pm

  • Kat Radley, 4/21, 7:30pm

  • Erik Bergstrom, 4/21, 9:30pm

  • Entertainment Industry Panel Discussion, Moderated by Kelly Edwards, HBO, 4/21, 11am

  • Film Festival: Film Festival: WICF Comedy Short Contest with Paul Feig, Sat. 4/21, 2pm

  • Film Festival: HBO Insider Challenge, 4/21, 4pm

Entertainment Industry
at WICF 2018

Join executives from major
networks, studios, content creators,
and international festival producers
at WICF for a Headlining Panel
and several workshops

  • DMA, ABC

    Director of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion for ABC
  • Daria Overby, STARZ

    Director, Creative Diversity
  • Karen Horne, NBC, Universal

    Senior VP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment & Universal Television Studios
  • Jandiz Estrada Cardoso, NBC

    Director of Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC
  • Jeanne Mau, CBS

  • Julia Pleasants, Disney Television Animation

    Casting Director
  • Kelly Edwards, HBO

    HBO, VP of Talent Development
  • Sophia Salador, Just For Laughs

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Non-Festival Events

Doyle’s Cafe
3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-2345
Second Saturdays at 8pm
Tickets $12


Our award-winning (Improper Bostonian’s 2017 Best of Boston) show features headliners from all around the country and a different lineup every month. October 14th features NYC’s Chanel Ali (Limestone Comedy Festival).

Doyle’s Cafe
3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-2345
First Thursdays 7-9:30pm
Registration $20


BCC provides comedians of all levels of experience, comedic styles, and genders a supportive learning environment where they can practice material, get feedback, brainstorm new material, and participate in group exercises to work their comedy muscles.


40 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1253
Fourth Thursdays at 9:30pm
Tickets $10


Classic comedy variety format show ft. cutting edge indie stand up, sketch, improv, music, and more. Hosted by Nonye Brown West (Night Train with Wyatt Cenac), announcer Bobby Smithney, and live music from Jeff Greenwald and the Jelly House Band.