Friday, April 28, 2017

Laughing Stock: Estrogen Hour Beefs Up!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 8:17 AM

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The popular live comedy show Estrogen Hour returns to Laff’s Comedy Caffe with a potential sell-out on Sunday, April 30. The line-up features Esther Brilliant and Corrina Eklund as the show’s traditional “comedy virgins,” community leaders performing stand-up comedy for the first time.

Supporting the “comedy virgins” are Estrogen Hour co-founder Nancy Stanley, cartoonist David Fitzsimmons and attorney and comedian Elliot Glicksman, who has opened for Jerry Seinfeld and Phyllis Diller. Tucson comedian Mo Urban fills out the bill, along with Phoenix comics Kelly Kerr and Genevieve Rice, and Tucson newcomer Steena Salido. Rice runs the annual Bird City Comedy Festival in Phoenix.

Brilliant, a Pima County Public Defender, is a member of Tucson Improv Movement and the all-female improv team, The Riveters. In November 2016, she co-founded a 5,500-member grass-roots organization promoting widespread political engagement. Eklund, is event coordinator at the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law.

Stanley is widely credited with cultivating the women’s comedy scene in Tucson, in part by providing stage time for newcomers at Estrogen Hour shows. Stanley says, “When we started The Estrogen Hour there were only a couple of women regularly hitting open mics or hosting. Now we could easily do a marathon with (them.) It's such a very cool time for women in Tucson comedy.”

But, Stanley stresses, "We like to change it up. We know The Estrogen Hour audience is women who like supporting other women and love to laugh, but are not necessarily comedy club regulars. They're loyal to this show, so we try to vary what we do to hold their interest.” Those whom Stanley refers to as “guestosterone”, the high-profile locals Fitzsimmons and Glicksman, are expected to attract new fans to the show’s loyal following.

Stanley founded the Estrogen Hour with Mary Steed to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “The first Estrogen Hour fundraiser at Laff’s was in October 2014,” Steed says. “In nine shows, we’ve raised just over $16,000 for LLS.” The amount includes the proceeds from reservations and from a raffle featuring donations from local businesses.

Stanley, says, “I'd like to see us break the $20,000 mark in the next show or two.”

Reservations are $12 at tinyurl.com/marylaffs2017. Unreserved seats, if any, are sold at the door. Laff’s Comedy Caffe, 2900 E. Broadway Blvd., also has a two-item minimum. Visit @TheEstrogenHour or @llsaz on Facebook and Twitter for more details.


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