Well, LAFFsters. On Tuesday, we took Hannelore, our pet dragon, out to the curb to immolate our LAFF mailbox. Thanks to all 87 of you who submitted your work to the festival! We are so happy that word of our little lady-funny hoedown made it across the country to such a diverse group of talent. We look forward to piecing together our 2011 schedule and sharing it with you.
Another Austin festival you may have heard of, South by Southwest, recently released their lineup of comedians performing this year. We couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming dudeness of the list. I mean, we love us some men who are funny, but ONLY ONE LADYPERSON? Really?
Here’s the thing: to be selected for SXSW, you have to be really good, right? And you get really good by practicing. By getting up on that stage and taking lots of risks, potentially sucking, having bad nights, and being heckled by one too many Bud-pickled losers who need to get a life. If anything, we want LAFF to provide valuable stage-time and audience for budding female comedians to take risks and to help them along their road to super-awesomeness. In some ways, we want to be that doting stage mom, waiting in the back with a smile and a hug and a pan of brownies. But mostly, we want to pop a teeth guard in our performers’ mouth and tell them not to leave the stage until it’s covered in blood.
We here at LAFF HQ, Hannelore included, are curious if anyone knows WHY thirty out of thirty-one listed comedians are guys. We know there is no lack of hilarious, qualified female talent out there. Let’s get our Nancy Drews out there to find out why. And how we can score tickets to see John Oliver. John Oliver…so witty. So glasses-wearing. (sigh)