Comedy Nights

Comedy at the 14th Street Y

#NASTYWOMEN – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy

Presented by Educational Alliance and The 14th Street Y

#NastyWomen – A Night of Female Resistance Comedy arose from a genuine interest in the Educational Alliance community to utilize comedy as both a uniting tool and a resistance tool, and was inaugurated on January 18, 2018—a few days ahead of the Women’s March. In light of the explosive #MeToo and Time’s Up, and in recognition that feminism must be inter-sectional, our shows moving forward will march hand in hand with trans and non-binary people. We hope to continue to generate a forum that empowers all through laughter, camaraderie, and activism.

Past performers have included Becca Blackwell, Daphne Always, Briana Sakamoto, Jes Tom, 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.

Monday, May 20 | 7:30 PM

Join us for the Season 2 Finale of #NastyWomen, featuring some familiar faces, some new faces, and as usual—woke resistance comedy. Our intrepid host Amanda Duarte will lead a powerhouse group of comics who will keep us all laughing at time when we need it most. The evening will feature Becca Blackwell, Emmy Blotnick, Brittany Carney, and Tessa Skara.

Ars Poetica will also be joining us! Come early for your own haikus!


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 and was hailed by Time Out New York as “Scorching… Not to be missed.” The show will be back at Joe’s Pub on April 2, 2019.

Marcia Belsky
Marcia Belsky

Marcia Belsky is a New York City based stand-up, comedian musician and co-writer of the hit parody Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical. Raised Jewish in Oklahoma, she escaped to Portland, Oregon and started her stand up career there at the age of 19. In 2014, she was a semifinalist in the NBC StandUp For Diversity competition. Her 2016 project The Headless Women of Hollywood, a comedy blog that explores the objectification of women on film and television posters, has been featured on BBC, NPR, USA Today, Buzzfeed, E!News and more. She is a contributor to the popular satirical site Reductress, and is the lead singer of the musical duo Free the Mind, whose song “All Older White Men” was called the “The New Feminist Anthem” by Elite Daily. She co-hosts a podcast with comedian Rae Sanni called Misandry with Marcia and Rae, and has been a guest on NPR’s Marketplace, Radiolab, Guys We F*****, Las Culturistas and more.

Becca Blackwell
Becca Blackwell

Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Erin Markey, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour. Film/TV includes: High Maintenance, Untitled Noah Baumbach Project, Shameless, Deadman’s Barstool, and Jack in the Box. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. Be on the lookout for their solo show They, Themself and Schmerm in a town near you.

Brittany Carney
Brittany Carney

Brittany Carney began standup in Washington, DC, where she has regularly featured at the DC Improv Comedy Club and at Big Hunt. She now lives in New York, where her experiences include Caroline’s, Comedy at the Knit, Night Train, and Butterboy.

Tessa Skara
Tessa Skara

Tessa Skara is a queer comedian, musician, and writer originally from Richmond, BC, Canada. Tessa recently headlined at Caroline’s on Broadway with her solo rock cabaret, Rock Goddess. Tessa’s musical stand up has been featured at Joe’s Pub, Union Hall, The Bell House, Littlefield, The Duplex, Ars Nova, New York Comedy Club, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, The New York Comedy Festival and Every Shitty Gay Bar In Brooklyn. Tessa was named a Comedy Central Comic To Watch with her former musical sketch group Pop Roulette, with whom she traveled to sketch festivals around North America. Tessa has a monthly musical comedy show called High Notes at Cloud City in Williamsburg, and a queer comedy show called The Favourites at Club Cumming. You can see Tessa as a drunk girl in HBO’s “Crashing,” a coke head in the “The Detour” and hopefully some other type of addict in a feature film soon. Tessa returns to the Duplex with Rock Goddess on June 7th, and her monthly show High Notes returns to Cloud City on May 24th.

Past #NastyWomen Shows

Monday, April 15 | 7:30 PM

Our upcoming #Nasty Women on April 15, #Nasty Women+, will feature underrepresented genders and empower those marginalized within the spectrum of she and they identity. Our intrepid host Amanda Duarte will lead a powerhouse group of comics who will keep us all laughing at time when we need it most. The evening will feature Becca Blackwell, Daphne Always, Briana Sakamoto and Jes Tom.

#marginalizedgenders #underrepresentedgenders #genderequity #intersectionalfeminism #dismantlepatriarchy 

Daphne Always
Becca Blackwell
Briana Sakamoto
Jes Tom

Monday, January 28

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

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Marina Franklin
Julie Rottenberg & Elisa Zuritsky
Jessica Delfino
Gina Yashere

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