Levity & Justice for All 2

A Comedy Benefit for LPAC

Honoring America’s #1 lesbian political humorist, Kate Clinton

On June 22, LPAC again will gather the top lesbian comics in New York City to celebrate our community, stand up to those who would ignore our power, and laugh at Donald Trump. Seriously. We need to laugh at Donald Trump.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, New York, NY
Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 7:30pm

Join us for this memorable evening of politics, humor, and community building.
This one-night-only show features a line-up of incredible lesbian and queer comics, including Kate Clinton, Janine Brito, Erin Foley, Dana Goldberg, Brittani Nichols, Renée Santos, DeAnne Smith, and Marsha Warfield.

Kate Clinton’s work on behalf of LPAC, and scores of other LGBTQ equality, women’s rights, and social justice causes and organizations over the years is unsurpassed. Join us as we thank Kate for her unwavering commitment to social justice and equal rights for all LGBTQ women and our community at large.

Your contribution will support LPAC’s mission to build the political power of LGBTQ women and our allies across the country.

The Comedy

JANINE BRITO

is a stand up comic, and was a writer and on-air correspondent on the FX series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, produced by Chris Rock. She’s also half Cuban, half Icelandic, and aaaall lesbian.

Janine started doing standup comedy in St. Louis and has performed at clubs and theaters throughout the US and Hong Kong. She is the winner of the 2009 SF Women’s Comedy Competition, and recipient of Rooftop Comedy’s 2010 Silver Nail Award. Praised by 7×7 Magazine as “one of SF’s more daring voices” and one of “the 7 funniest people in town,” she was named the 2011 “Best Comedian with a Message” by the East Bay Express.

Her recent festival appearances include SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, SXSW, Hell Yes Fest, and the Moontower Comedy Festival.

The SF Weekly says she’s “a mean lesbian,” but she’s pretty sure that they mean it in a good way.

Kate Clinton

is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning thirty-six years, Kate is still at the top of her game, ready to stand up to the mic and bon mot her way through presidential campaigns ad nauseam, LGBTQ movements in transition, religion in extremis, and media in rigor mortis. She loves Latin. She is a multi-talented and multi-platformed author, actress, stand-up humorist, impure thought leader, activist, fundraising auctioneer and social mediatrix.

Clinton has written for The Huffington Post,The Advocate,The Progressive,The Washington Blade and the New York Times. She has performed for national organizations including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Democracy Alliance, AARP, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Clinton has released more than 10 comedy CDs and DVDs and has authored three books. She was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award for her second book, “What the L?” but did not win and has been bitter ever since. She was a Broadway cast member of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show and “The Vagina Monologues” though luckily not at the same time. She currently appears in her one-woman show “Wake Up Call.”

Erin Foley

is an amazing comedic actress, comedian, and writer. Foley is the host of Mixologist And A Movie on Lifetime and is a cast member on season one of How to Be A Grown-Up on Tru Tv. As a seasoned comedian, she has her own Comedy Central Presents, as well as having been on Conan O’Brien, @ Midnight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Arsenio Hall and Last Call With Carson Daly. She has performed five times at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Sketch Fest, Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin and Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington.

As a writer, Foley wrote on the NBC sitcom, ONE BIG HAPPY and was a consulting producer on Little Funny which debuts in 2017. Foley’s successful comedic podcast Sports Without Balls was recently added to the All Things Comedy network, receiving critical acclaim.

Additionally, Erin has starred in many national commercial campaigns, a guest star appearance in NBC’s Go On, the acclaimed Tribeca Film Fest short Cried Suicide, and even a supporting role in Almost Famous. Her versatility makes her one of the most sought-after women working the comedy scene today.

Dana Goldberg

Raised by a wild pack of Jews, otherwise known as her mother and siblings, Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage. She sets the standard for smart comedy, and her timing and tongue-in-cheek edginess is why she continues to collect loyal fans in cities all over the world. Goldberg’s quick wit and playful stage presence is spreading like wildfire! Voted one of the “Top Five Funniest Lesbians in America,” CURVE Magazine raves, “She’s smart, cute, and seriously funny!” The Irish Post writes, “Dana’s sharp, insightful observations are concealed behind an easy-going chatty style. This makes her one of a handful of comics able to transfer their work across the Atlantic.”

Goldberg started her comedy career in 2003 in front of 650 people in a sold out theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seven months into her career she was invited to Scotland by Emmy Award Winning writer Paul Wagner to perform with 13 other American comedians as part of the US Comedy Invasion at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. After returning to the states Goldberg began competing in festivals and competitions all over the country. She was one of five national finalists to perform in the “Wendy’s Good Taste Comedy Challenge” produced by HBO and TBS in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of The Comedy Festival. In 2005 Goldberg was chosen out of thousands of comedians to participate in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition. In three short years, she was invited to New York City to share the stage with powerhouse comedians Roz G, Laurie Kilmartin and Judy Gold for the 17th Annual Comedy Hour at Caroline’s On Broadway on behalf of the Ms. Foundation and Gloria Steinem. Since her explosive start, Goldberg has performed in clubs and theaters all over the country, graced two national magazine covers, and performed in 23 states and 7 countries across two continents.

In 2006, just three years after she stepped onto the stage for the first time, Goldberg put on a producer’s hat and started the Annual Southwest Funnyfest in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Each year Goldberg hosts the night of comedy to help benefit New Mexico AIDS Services. She brings the best national female headlining comics to the Land of Enchantment for a night of non-stop, no holds barred, side splitting comedy. Since its inception, the Funnyfest has helped to raise over $15,000 for NMAS and has brought in over a dozen comedians from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central, Late Night With Craig Ferguson, Last Comic Standing and Comics Unleashed.
In the summer of 2009, Goldberg starred in her comedy special “One Night Stand Up: Episode 4” on the LOGO network; filmed at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Later that year she recorded her debut DVD “Hot And Bothered: Dana Goldberg Live” in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Emmy award winning comedian David Brenner raves, “One of the best ways to beat the recession is with laughs, and Dana Goldberg offers you one of your best chances to get some in her debut DVD.” After moving to Los Angeles in the fall of 2009, Goldberg found a new comedy home and it wasn’t long before she was headlining nights at world famous clubs like The Laugh Factory and the LA Improv.

Goldberg continues to combine her gift of humor with humanitarian efforts raising significant funds to fight HIV/AIDS and joins LGBT communities and organizations across the country to raise national awareness in the fight for equality. In addition to her hilarious comedy and side-splitting performances, Goldberg has shared the national stage with President Barack Obama, Jane Lynch and the cast of GLEE, Lady Gaga, Kathy Griffin, Portia de Rossi, Judy Gold, David Brenner and Kathy Najimy. As the youngest child in a single parent household run by a Jewish mother in which two of three kids are gay, Goldberg helps keep most of the comedy venues and half of the psychotherapists in the country in business.

Brittani Nichols

is a Los Angeles based comedian, writer, and actor. As you can see, she has a professional website because she is a professional. You might have never seen her writing on the internet (Autostraddle, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Elixher, Buzzfeed) or on television (Billy on the Street, The Collective, The Xperiment, Yo, Is This Racist) but if you haven’t that’s ok. You’re busy. Brittani’s pilot, Words With Girls, premiered at HBO/BET’s Urbanworld Film Festival and is now available online at Color Creative TV. Brittani is a recurring character on Season 2 of Amazon’s Emmy-winning, Transparent and has two podcasts: Brand New Podcast and Hamilton the Podcast. Suicide Kale, her first feature, has won numerous awards including the Audience Award for First US Narrative Feature at Outfest. You can see upcoming screenings here.

Brittani currently performs stand-up, improv, sketch, and any other form of comedy you can think of. She’s at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (LA and New York), on iO West’s Mainstage, and at the Downtown Independent Theater along with other fun places like a hostel. Recently she released an EP called Likes Me just for funzies. Upcoming performances can be found on the Shows page unless she forgets or is too lazy to update it then no they can’t.

Renée Santos

burst onto the comedy scene 6 years ago in her first National Television debut on Showtime Network’s “Pride Comedy Jam”. The Network touts, “a hip and hilarious show with a great ensemble of up and coming diverse comics, including the witty anecdotes of Renee Santos.” She has been a regular on the Los Angeles comedy scene performing consistently at local clubs, including the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and the Hollywood Improv and in April of 2015 became a Bi-Coastal Comic earning residency at NYC’s Broadway Comedy Club. SANTOS has been moving and shaking in the Comedy arena since she took her funny on tour to the East Coast and many Colleges Nationwide. In May of 2013 she joined Wanda Sykes and an amazing line-up of talented entertainment on Olivia Cruises 40th Anniversary Punta Cana Resort Vacation. The ball continued rolling for Renee booking a starring role in the show “Stand-up and Deliver” featured on Jennifer Lopez’s new network NuvoTV Tuesday nights at 10pm. SANTOS returned to the Television in January of 2015 showcasing for Season 9’s Last Comic Standing airing on NBC.

Although she has a natural funny bone, Santos has been working hard at her craft for several years both on stage and on-camera. She recently hit the NYC Equity Stage in Yvonne Hernandez’s Queer Monologues after wrapping her run as “Squeaky Fromme” in the acclaimed play Assassins. She recently appeared on TNT’s “Murder in the First”, as a CSI Officer in June of 2015, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced CBS sci-fi series “Eleventh Hour”, and Showtime Network’s “Californication” starring David Duchovny, and also currently has 2 commercials running nationwide, for the fast-food chain “Wendy’s” and for “One-a-Day” Vitamins. Her credits also include roles in several celebrated indie films, including her first starring role in Standout Productions’ newest film, One Way Street, and the film Shooting April which was featured in two festivals and was named ‘Favorite Movie of the Month’ by Film Stage Magazine.

In addition, her voice-over abilities have landed her regular gigs on the ‘looping’ scene, including numerous Disney projects and the NBC hit-series “Brothers and Sisters” for its last two seasons. Santos is no stranger to improvisation and sketch comedy either, beginning as an active member of Emerson College’s Comedy Sketch Group in Boston and most recently sharing her characterizations on the stages of the infamous Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in Los Angeles. Currently, she is in pre-production on her first 1 hr Stand-up Comedy Special. Santos permanently relocated to New York City in May of 2015 and is utilizing her new venture to the NYC market as a launching point to preview what will be seen in her upcoming Stand-up Comedy Special currently in Pre-Production. She is very excited to have the opportunity to perform her Newest 1 Hour Stand up show in NYC at the Metropolitan Room in March of 2017.

Deanne Smith

DeAnne Smith has performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal and Chicago to name a few. She’s also been on TV in four countries, including on Last Comic Standing NBC, The Late Late Show on CBS, Canada’s The Comedy Network and CBC, Australia’s Channel 10 and ABC, and UK’s Sky TV.

The Montreal Gazette says DeAnne is “fresh, cutting…one of the finest wits in the country.” The UK’s Telegraph calls her “Smart. Very funny. Effortless charm lets her get away with murder.” She’s never actually murdered anyone.

It’s hard to know what to put in a bio, guys. DeAnne also really likes toast and has a hard time maintaining talking about myself in the third person.

Marsha Warfield

In Marsha’s own words: “The day I was born marked a medical first given that I was the rst child in recorded history to look calmly and steadily at the delivery doctor and dare him to “slap me again and see what happens.” This established the pattern of my life, boldly gleefully challenging authority and “accepted wisdom.” Throughout a childhood of integrating previously all-white neighborhoods, I managed to successfully navigate the challenges of adapting to a new school every year without getting beat up. Those childhood skills naturally lead to standup comedy. (Play along, it doesn’t get any better.) I began my career in 1974 at the Pickle Barrel in Chicago on an open mic night run
by Tom Dreesen, and announced proudly that “My name is Marsha War eld and I’m a virgin.” I lied.Two years later I moved to Los Angeles and joined the Great Comedy Reverse Migration from New York and Other Regions in search of fame, fortune, sex, drugs and rhythm and blues. Found ‘em. In the process I also found me, though it would take years to fully discover and embrace my lifelong and obvious lesbianism and years more to own it publicly. Along the way I had the opportunity to see, meet and work with a wonderful and fascinating array of talented people and to be involved with some of the most signi cant events in recent standup comedy history.“The Comedy Shop,” “The Merv Grif n Show,” “The Jim Nabors Show,” Alan King and Mac Davis specials,“SoulTrain,“The Richard Pryor Show,” as well as opening for Teddy Pendergrass, the O’Jays, Esther Phillips, George Duke, George Carlin and others were not only career highs, but invaluable training, and remain cherished memories.

Working out at the famed Comedy Store and Improv lead to travelling around the country headlining the then-new comedy franchise clubs and gave me the chops and con dence to put my skills to the test in the 1979 San Francisco Comedy Competition.A year later I competed in the rst ever National Comedy Competition. I was fortunate enough to win both.“Night Court,” “Empty Nest,” “Smart Guy,” “The Marva Collins Story,” “D.C. Cab,” “Caddy Shack 2,” “The Merry Motown Christmas Special” and all the other television and movie roles and cable specials like “Comic Relief” and “Women Tell the Dirtiest Jokes,” among others, eventually allowed me to have the privilege and pleasure of hosting my own daytime talk show. I called it “The Marsha War eld Show,” because “Oprah”was already taken. Now, I’m back after a brief layoff of about 20 years to start the process all over again. I freaking LOVE a good challenge!”

Join

Our Team.

And

Donate.