Meet Women in Comedy

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Women In Comedy is group of aspiring and established comediennes in Chicago. These women know how to be funny and do it for a cause. Women in Comedy’s founder,  Victoria Elena Nones, is a comedian who aims to be the funny change she wishes to see in the world. The non profit organization with chapters in Chicago, New York, Seattle, Del Rey Beach, Washington, D.C., and Phoenix is on a mission to foster professional advancement for female identifying comedians through education programs, and events. Women in Comedy's programming helps develop women's creative visions including their Writer's Circles and the Script Accelerator Program

Each chapter of Women in Comedy hosts an annual Inside Jokes Comedy Conference, which is an opportunity for women and men to network and learn about the comedy industry from a curated panel of comedy professionals. The 2018 Chicago chapter conference will be held on June 29th from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Laugh Factory in Chicago.

 "I was first drawn to comedy as a performer because of how it allowed me to deviate from the expectations placed on me as a woman. I was allowed to be silly, ugly, aggressive - all the qualities I was never encouraged to be by society. In the same way, I think that sitcoms and other comedic forms allow us to see characters that defy the assumptions we may have about them based on superficial characteristics like gender, race, sexuality, etc. I want to craft new stories that change the perception of women and other marginalized groups through laughter. The WiCo program has given me the confidence to take control of my own content, so that I am no longer waiting around for opportunities, but rather creating my own."  - Michelle R., WiCo cohort member

"I was first drawn to comedy as a performer because of how it allowed me to deviate from the expectations placed on me as a woman. I was allowed to be silly, ugly, aggressive - all the qualities I was never encouraged to be by society. In the same way, I think that sitcoms and other comedic forms allow us to see characters that defy the assumptions we may have about them based on superficial characteristics like gender, race, sexuality, etc. I want to craft new stories that change the perception of women and other marginalized groups through laughter. The WiCo program has given me the confidence to take control of my own content, so that I am no longer waiting around for opportunities, but rather creating my own."

- Michelle R., WiCo cohort member

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