Community Cinema presents "Makers: Women in Comedy"

Community Cinema presents "Makers: Women in Comedy"

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jane Lynch

Credit: Makers

Join us for a free screening of a film that tracks the rise of women in the world of comedyï»ż, followed by a panel discussion.

WXXI's Community Cinema series is pleased to present Makers: Women in Comedy on Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Theatre. The film follows the rise of women comedians, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Today, movies like Bridesmaids break box office records and the women of Saturday Night Live are often more famous than their male counterparts. Contemporary comics, including Chelsea Handler, Mo’Nique, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Kathy Griffin, talk about where women started in this competitive, male-dominated profession and where they are determined to go. Produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Narrated by Leslie Mann.

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The panel discussion after the screening will include the following guests:

Carol Roberts:  Winner of the San Francisco Cable Car Award for Entertainer of the Year, Carol has a long history of comedy. In the San Francisco comedy boom of the ‘80’s she performed with Robin Williams and Paula Poundstone.  She was invited to join Femprov, a popular all female comedy improvisation troupe.  She then branched out into standup (Ellen Degeneris was her opening act) before co-directing Between the Lines, a comedy improvisation group in New York City.

When she left the stage Carol combined her prior social service education with her comedy experience to create experiential workshops called “Accidental Social Skills” using comedy improv games to teach teens with Asperger’s, ADHD, and anxiety how to build social skills.   She also teaches standup and comedy improv to adults at Writers and Books and will co-host their soon to be revived monthly comedy open mike.  Her workshops stress creative comedy that’s respectful of all people. 

No animals were hurt in the development of her career. More information and schedules can be found at

Beth Winslow: Beth holds a B.A. in Theatre and studied improvisation at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, where she performed in the original Annoyance productions of My So Called Afterlife and The Imminent Future.  Beth has worked for The Second City (I’ll Be Geneseeing You and aboard the Norwegian Epic) and has performed in Rochester theatre for nearly 15 years.  She and can also be seen in the independent feature films Smoking Laws and Delicious Ambiguity.  Beth is a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe Thank You Kiss, and is one half of the popular improv comedy duo, The ManShee Chronicles, alongside her favorite costar: her husband, Marc D’Amico.  

Dewey Lovett: Dewey has been doing stand up comedy in Rochester for three years. While branching out to Syracuse and Buffalo, she has opened for Hadiyah Robinson of BET and O Magazine, Tom Segura and Adam Newman from Comedy Central, and Carli Aquilino from MTV’s Girl Code. She has been involved in improv comedy for four years, mostly performing at The Space and teaching at the Rochester Brainery. She wrote and performed with all women sketch group, Uncle Lina, from 2012-2013. She is the founder and host the Wham Bam Story Slam, held monthly at the Rochester Brainey. She is equal parts cheerful and outspoken. 

Special thanks to Henry Metzger for coordinating panelists for this film and the entire Community Cinema series.