Ms. Foundation celebrates their 21st Comedy Night at Caroline’s On Broadway in New York City.
On October 25th, Ms. Foundation for Women hosted their 21st annual Comedy Night at Caroline’s, a renowned comedy club in Midtown Manhattan. The evening kicked off with a casual open bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres, and guests mingled before making their way to their seats. Ms. Foundation’s C.E.O. and President Teresa C. Younger began the evening with a brief speech and a short video from a Ms. Magazine founder and feminist activist Gloria Steinem. This was the first time in twenty-one years that Steinem hadn’t been able to attend, and Younger commented that her absence was an indicator of how important and maddening this election cycle is.
Emmy winning actor and comedian Judy Gold was the host for the evening, perfectly setting the tone for a fun and raucous night with thoughts on therapy and therapists and how her son’s text messages stack up to Chelsea Clinton’s emails to her mother, and democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, that had just been unearthed by WikiLeaks. Gold introduced comedian Kate Clinton next, who aptly described businessman turned presidential nominee Donald Trump as a “walking trigger warning” and “Commander in Cheeto.” Katie Goodman followed with a brilliant song about women who seem to align themselves with the principles and ideas of feminism but refuse to call themselves feminists. Also showcased were the impressive talents of Aparna Nancherla, named a “top comedian” by Variety, Hadiyah Robinson, Liza Treyger, SNL’s Sasheer Zamata, Michelle Wolf, who perfectly closed out the evening. The comedians took light jabs at Trump, mostly about his appearance, and aired their grievances about men, with Lisa Treyger hilariously explaining how women are perpetually “waiting for you to be good at something.”
Since 1973, the Ms. Foundation for Women has worked with over 1,500 grantees moving more than $65 million in grants and capacity building dollars to grassroots organizations and leaders around the country. With its focus on economic justice, health, and safety through a race and gender lens, the foundation works to bring attention to the challenges facing women, especially women of color and low-income women.
For more information about the Ms. Foundation for Women or about the Comedy Night, visit http://www.forwomen.org.