Comedy at the 14th Street Y

#NASTYWOMEN – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy

Presented by Educational Alliance and The 14th Street Y

#NastyWomen is a female resistance comedy series that was incubated at the Theater at the 14th Street Y on January 18, 2018 ahead of the Women’s March. Due to its success, it’s been inaugurated into a Monday-evening comedy series with four upcoming shows, listed below.

Past performers have included Jena Friedman, Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, Emmy Blotnick, Janelle James, Marina Franklin, Emma Willmann, Catherine Cohen, Ziwe Fumudoh, Amanda Duarte, Anna Drezen, Gina Yashere, and Maria Shehata.

Get Your Tickets to Upcoming #NastyWomen Comedy Shows


Monday, January 28 | 7:30 PM

Join #NastyWomen and InKind Space for an uproarious night of comedy featuring fierce female comics and storytellers. While empowering women impacted by breast cancer, we will celebrate the healing power of laughter and community.

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Amanda Duarte
Amanda Duarte, Host of #NastyWomen

Amanda Duarte is the creator and host of the “Absolute Best Reading Series in NYC (New York Mag)” Dead Darlings, in which artists present work they’ve had to cut or abandon, at Judson Memorial Church in New York City.

She is an outspoken feminazi cunt on social media and the co-creatrix of the meme and movement #PussyGrabsBack. As a writer, she has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Town and Country, NewNowNext, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed and High Times, among others.

She appears regularly on comedy and storytelling stages throughout the city, and plays a taint in the itinerant “It’s That Time Of The Month Show with Snatch Adams” co-starring Becca Blackwell. Her latest show, “Staying Alive,” premiered at Joe’s Pub in September.

Marina Franklin
Marina Franklin

Marina Franklin is a veteran comedian, actor, writer, and host whose long tenure as a stand-up standout at premier comedy venues and festivals around the world – alongside her memorable TV and film appearances, and critically acclaimed podcast – have made her a fan favorite and in-demand creative force.

The Chicago native’s onscreen credits include HBO’s “Crashing”; the hit movie, “Trainwreck”; Stephen Colbert’s Late Show; the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore; Conan O’Brien; “Louie” Season V; the Jim Gaffigan Show; Showtime’s “Women Who Kill”; and Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show”. Marina’s writing credits include HBO’s “Divorce.”

Marina is a favorite at comedy festivals around the world, including the Melbourne Comedy Festival; Scotland’s Glasgow Comedy Festival; BBC’s World Stand’s Up; Rotterdam’s Comedy Factory; Montreal’s Just For Laughs; Ireland’s Kilkenny Comedy Festival; and Nashville’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. Her podcast, Friends Like Us, features a diverse group of women comedians of color – and their occasional male guests – and their takes on the news of the day.

A viciously likable person – if there is such a thing – Marina is a University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Syracuse University graduate. She resides in New York City and loves dancing, house music, talking shit, and working on her sweet right hook.

Jessica Delfino
Jessica Delfino

Jessica Delfino is a comedian, dirty folk rock musician writer and mom who spends most of her time creating demented little art projects and even though she’s a grown-ass woman, still loves riding her bike around town. Her comedy and music has been denounced by the US Catholic League, praised by the New York Times, Glamour and Wall Street Journal among others, (check it out on iTunes) and she is a voting Recording Academy member, as well as a preferred customer at Blick and Price Chopper. Lately she’s been writing stirs about parenting for SELF, The Week,

High Times and just wrote her first story for The Atlantic. Even though she knows it’s despicable and ruins careers left and right, she loves Twitter and can be found lurking in the shadows @JessicaDelfino.

Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky
Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky

Julie and Elisa have been collaborating since they were nine years old, when they met at an acting class in Philadelphia. A few years later, they became writer/producers for HBO’s Sex and the City, where they earned three Emmy Award nominations and three Writers Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy. Since then, they’ve written a bunch of other stuff, including Smash, Odd Mom Out, and Divorce, and are currently writing a feature with Michael Showalter for Fox Searchlight. They’ve also been published in magazines and newspapers ranging from Nickelodeon to The New York Times. They both live in Brooklyn; each has one husband, one daughter, and one son.

Gina Yashere
Gina Yashere

Gina was born and raised in London UK, of Nigerian parents, and previously worked as an elevator engineer for Otis.

Gina has been a stand up and TV star in the UK for numerous years now, with appearances on iconic TV shows such as Live At The Apollo & Mock The Week, as well as creating & performing popular comedic characters on The Lenny Henry Show.

She broke onto the American comedy scene with her appearances on Last Comic Standing (NBC), where she made it to the final 10, and then never went home! Gina went on to be named one of the top 10 rising talents in the Hollywood Reporter.

She is also known in the US for being the only British comedian to ever appear on the iconic Def Comedy Jam, as well as for her hilarious appearances on The Tonight Show (NBC) & Crashing on HBO.

Gina self produced 3 separate 1 hour Stand Up Specials, Skinny B*tch, Laughing To America, & Ticking Boxes, two of which are currently streaming on Netflix.

Gina’s 4th stand up special is also streaming on Netflix,  as part of The Standups, season 2, and is  garnering rave reviews on the network.

She is also regularly featured on Comedy Central as the British Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Gina is also an in-demand voice artist. She has voiced characters in various animations, including Keisha in the British cult hit, Bromwell High, & Gravelle in the latest movie from the makers of Wallace & Gromit & Chicken Run, Early Man!

Haiku Gals
Haiku Gals
Special Guests: Haiku Gals

Come early to the show and get your own “photobooth for the soul.”
Then throw out a feminist/resistance/community/activism topic during the #NastyWomen show as the Haiku Gals dazzle us in a timed haiku.

A haiku conversation:

duck and weave woman
everything we hold so dear
fought for in the ring
– LA Markuson, The Haiku Gal*

knock em out, then bow
the bell has rung, time to march
go grab what is yours
– Laura Beatrix Newmark, Culture Producer at the 14th Street Y**

just a bit of blood
we never give a discount
or wear velvet gloves
– LA Markuson, The Haiku Gal*


Past #NastyWomen Shows

Monday, November 12, 2018

Amanda Duarte hosted this hilarious evening of political comedy that featured four ferocious female voices: Iris Bahr Fan Page, Marcia Belsky, Mitra Jouhari, and Dulcé Sloan.

Iris Bahr
Marcia Belsky
Mitra Jouhari
Dulcé Sloan
Monday, June 4, 2018

In partnership with Jewish Plays Project, comedy met theater in the third #NastyWomen Show. The all-female ensemble of stand-up comedians were joined by a special comedic theater performance.

Amanda Duarte hosted this hilarious evening of political comedy that featured three ferocious female voices: Anna Drezen, Gina Yashere, and Maria Shehata

Amanda Duarte
Anna Drezen
Maria Shehata
Gina Yashere