The Sheroes of Comedy

Leighann Lord feels she's at a disadvantage as a comedian. "I had a really good childhood," she confesses, "which is sometimes considered a liability for standup comics. But my parents are very funny; I am the first one to say I'm not the funniest person in my family, at all. I'm just the only one crazy enough to try to get paid doing it." She has also never had a day job except briefly following college. "I should have known better. I wasn't cut out for it." After graduating with a major in theater, as well as journalism and creative writing, she was hired by a large bank in the corporate communications department. "I was so surprised that anyone was going to pay me," she recalls. "They figured, 'She can write for us,' and it was awful. I was not cut out for the cubicle at all." As part of the Sheroes of Comedy Tour, Lord and her colleagues hope to show a different side of African American female comics. When most people think of examples, they may recall the more bombastic stylings of Sheryl Underwood, Sommore, or Adele Givens. "It's no one's fault," says Lord. "It's just that that's how human beings are. We put people in these little boxes and that's where we think we understand them. That's why we're here: to let them know that there's diversity in comedy, that we're all not just one thing." Also with Alycia Cooper, Tracey Ashley, and Retta. 18+. (Photo by Antonio di Benedetto)
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: Nov. 25. Continues through Nov. 28, 2009

 
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