Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Performing Arts Series

The Ladies of Laughter

The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour includes winners and the best talent from its national competition. What started out as an annual videotape comedy competition over 20 years ago in New York to honor a fellow women in comedy who helped so many women get their start, has established itself as the CAREERBUILDER FOR WOMEN IN COMEDY.

Since its inaugural year when the contest went “live” in a YWCA in New Jersey, The Ladies of Laughter contest has visited legendary venues including legendary theaters, Caesars and even Madison Square Garden.  Past participants include Amy Schumer, Tammy Pescatelli and “Big Bang Theory” star, Melissa Rauch, among countless others. This show will include:

Robin Fox
Winner of the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Competition held at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC, New Jersey Stand-Up Comedian, Robin Fox spent 17 years as a full-time mom and dieting. Then one day, Robin gave up dieting and decided to make her life long dream of being a comedian a reality. Today she is happier than she can ever remember and will never look back! Original and funny, she talks from her heart about the frustrations of suburban living, marriage, and raising a family. No longer is she willing to just be the funniest mom on her New Jersey cul-de-sac. This New Jersey mom is now a regular on the comedy scene playing at the top clubs in NYC and surrounding areas.Robin rose through the comedy ranks very quickly and has been a finalist at several prestigious comedy contests and festivals including Philly’s “Funniest Comedian” contest, and Baltimore’s “Funniest.” She was a runner up at “The Laugh Off” at Caroline’s in NYC. She also has been seen at the NJ Comedy Festival and at the NY Underground Comedy Festival. Robin can be heard on XM and Sirius satellite radio and has been a guest numerous times on the “Joey Reynolds Show” on WOR coast to coast. Robin has been on We Entertainment television and on Lifetime TV. Robin was a “Hot Topic” of Conversation on ABC’s “The View.”

Leighann Lord
Smart, sexy, savvy, and funny, Leighann Lord’s “heads up humor” is stand-up comedy at it’s finest. Inspired by the brilliance of George Carlin, the smooth jazz style of Franklyn Ajaye, and the elegance of Rita Rudner, Leighann has crafted her own unique brand of Thinking Cap Comedy. It’s no wonder she received the NYC Black Comedy Award for “The Most Thought Provoking Black Female Comic.” And for two consecutive years, Leighann was Harlem Week’s official comedian. (The only other comedian in Harlem Week’s history to earn that distinction was Richard Pryor.) Leighann has performed around the world. In London she appeared at The Comedy Store, and on the BBC show Blouse and Skirt (think Politically Incorrect meets BET). In The Netherlands, she was a guest on the popular late night talk show Raymann is Late! and The Comedy Factory. A festival favorite, Leighann has been featured in the Trinidad, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Boston, Detroit and NYC Underground Comedy Festivals. She also entertained U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as troops helping the Haitian earthquake relief effort (Operation Unified Response)

Erin Maguire
Erin Maguire is a NYC based stand-up comic, actor, writer, and emcee. Her stand-up was recently featured on Gotham Comedy Live for the Oculus/NextVR Network. She also recently wrote for the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin. Erin has appeared at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, among some of comedy’s greats. She has also been featured at Women in Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off, Boston Comedy Festival, and Woodstock Comedy Festival. Erin has frequently worked for ESPN and the Game Show Network. Her comedy advice podcast, Dear Pod, charted in Apple’s top 100 comedy pods in America within two months of its debut. Stay tuned for live pod shows, coming in 2020! Any night of the week, you can catch her at clubs throughout NYC, or angrily tweeting about the state of public transit.

For more information go to ladiesoflaughter.org

Box Office: 732.263.6889

Apr04, 2020

8:00 PM

Tickets: $35 -$55

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