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Ladies of Laughter (LOL)

October 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Ladies of Laughter was first created as an annual tribute to New York comedian, Mary Jo Wobker. In the early nineties in New York City, Mary Jo helped dozens of women just starting out by booking them in monthly showcases throughout the northeast. For many women, this was the first paying work they received for performing comedy. After Mary Jo suddenly passed away, an annual award was named in her honor whereby comediennes would submit their videotapes for the chance to win cash, publicity, and a “leg up” in their comedy careers.

In 1998, the videotape competition went “live” at a local YWCA. The following year, major sponsors signed on and the competition expanded nationally. Since then, the Ladies of Laughter has visited major comedy clubs, Caesar’s Casino (among others), and even Madison Square Garden. It has become known as “THE CAREERBUILDER and SOURCE for funny women through its national competition and Tour. Past contestants and winners include Amy Schumer, Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory), and countless national female headliners and newcomers to comedy. Since its inception, it has awarded thousands of dollars and generated countless career-changing opportunities for women in comedy.

In 2018, Carol Burnett accepted the first-ever Ladies of Laughter Spirit Award for inspiring so many of the contestants who entered the competition. The Ladies of Laughter Tour includes winners and the best talent to come out of its national competition.

Emens Box Office
1800 W. Riverside Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306
Monday–Friday
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
765-285-1539
Ladies of Laughter (LOL)