For all the progress made in other areas, stand-up comedy is still often thought of as a “boys’ club,” an industry that still possesses a certain amount of inherent sexism and entry barriers for female comedians. In cities like San Francisco and New York, all-female improv troupes and women-only comedy spaces have helped break down those barriers in supportive, encouraging environments, while other cities including Austin, Chicago, Boston and Portland have hosted female-focused comedy festivals.
Local comedian Liz Padjen and her sister Emily aim to bring that same spirit to Houston with the Yellow Rose Comedy Festival, the city's first all-female comedy festival. Created to promote great female comedians who have received less exposure in the entertainment industry at large, Yellow Rose will feature both national stand-ups and a number of Houston comics on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at Warehouse Live.
“We know that Houston, one of the largest and most diverse cities in the country, is ready to laugh as we take the stage,” said Liz Padjen in a release.
Among the performers already confirmed for the festival include several stand-ups with local ties who have performed on national programs: Olivia Arrington (Comic View), Crystal Powell (Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City) and Maggie Maye (Conan O’Brien). The Saturday night headliner is Sara Schaefer, a comedian and writer who has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and is currently the writer, producer, and star of her own web series on Seriously.tv, Woman Online.
Yellow Rose Comedy Festival, $20–55, May 12 & 13, 8 p.m. Warehouse Live, 813 St Emanuel St.