When people talk about stereotypes of women as catty and undercutting each other, I have the good fortune of being totally perplexed. Because I have blissfully spent most of my adult life surrounded by the kind of smart, capable women who don't play that ish. Because they don't have to. They're good at what they do and know they don't have to backstab or cold shoulder other women to get what they deserve (in fact, shhhh, we're the way more resonable gender in this crazy business). They know that a rising tide carries all boats and are immensely helpful to comedy folk of all genders.
So, in between your turkey and stuffing, enjoy my love letter to these lovely ladies.
Dee Burdett - The Mama of all Comedy Mamas, Dee is my template for kindness and helpfulness and generosity of spirit. She's loyal as can be, never waiting for buzz to wax or wane to give a talented guy a spot, she's offered cheap digs to numerous young hotshots and she hosts a wonderful orphan's Thanksgiving.
Christine Marie Evans - The woman who has made my life in NYC significantly better than it might have been! Christine is smart, no nonsense and full of common sense (which we all know can be in short supply in these parts) and also a total sweetheart, always looking to help people get what they need and where they need to be.
Abbey Robertson and Nat Goldberg - I somehow managed to never meet either of these fabulous women when we all lived in LA, but they've both become great resources and buddies since I packed up and headed back east. They both bend over backwards to do everything they can for anyone they love (which is a lot of you!). You're a lucky comedian if we've discussed you over Facebook messenger.
Rebecca Trent - Could you ask for more than a woman who creates a space for new and innovative comedians to learn and grow with a strong sense of clubhouse community? Well, how bout she also provides professional podcasting gear and network distribution, regularly throws public events with an outlandish amount of cheap or free food & drink, and helps get those young guys exposure and opportunities once they've matured?
Becky Astphan - Manager, booker, herder of cats. If you've got Becky on your side, she'll fight for you and tell you great stories over a beer or two. She's sort of like the cool babysitter who would make you go to bed on time, but let you watch a rated R movie first.
Em Cohen - Em is kind of quiet and private (I know, none of the rest of us extroverted narcissists get it, either), but much beloved for her support, kindness, organization, dedication and common sense among those of us lucky to know her.
Dee Guerreros, Jamie Millward Lee, Abbey Londer - Not only is this group a kickass photographer, event coordinator/sporty chick and comedy organizer extraordinaire (respectively), but they have made the ultimate sacrifice - they have pledged their troth to a comedian and somehow that has made both their lives (and all of ours) so much better.
Sam Varela - If you don't know Sam, well, then you obviously don't know all the cool shows in weirdo places in LA. From graveyards to chinese restaurants, Sam is the one that makes the comedians, audience and free beer appear. All while being super duper niiiicce.
And of course, the women behind the greatest temples to comedy - Mitzi Shore & Estee Adoram. None of us - man, woman, comedian or whatever - would be where we are today without them.