Some people like to make broad and obnoxious generalizations. One persistent stereotype in the comedy world is that women aren’t and can’t be funny. Obviously Tucson Improv Movement
’s Jessica Peck doesn’t agree and her weekly comedy night is out to prove those completely ridiculous people wrong.
During the month of February, Peck and her troupe, The Riveters, will be performing on Saturday nights in the Best Show Period, a night showcasing female comedians in Tucson.
"It's really important to showcase not only female talent but also female perspective on comedy and life in general," Peck says. "It's a really unique perspective that often gets overlooked."
Peck's troupe includes six other comedians: Catherine Bartlett, Esther Brilliant, Jessica Greg, Jessica Hill, Shanna Leonard and Claire Horton. However, each event begins with a comedian/storyteller before their improv troupe begins. Although those initial speakers change from event to event, Saturday, Feb. 14's performance will feature Noel Hennessy of the Female StoryTellers
and comedian Nancy Stanley.
While the show is named Best Show Period (get it?), Peck says that the event is more than just a bunch of "for women only" jokes about women's issues. Their improv is based off of one word suggestions with last event's being centered around home and the next event likely being something about love, since it is on Valentine's Day.
"It's an overall celebration of female talent in community so it's about celebrating women—not excluding guys," she says. "We want both in the audience. But comedy in general has always been more of a boy's club."
Since it is improv, there's really no telling just where the performance will go thematically, but Peck assures that there will be something for everyone.
"Some people think this isn't for them," Peck says. "Funny is funny regardless of gender."
You can catch Jessica Peck and the Best Show Period at Tucson Improv Movement every Saturday in February starting at 9 p.m. Tickets for each event are $5. Peck says although the show stops at the end of February, it will likely be resurrected in a couple months for another run.