When feminism is funny
What: "Broad Comedy"
When: 6 pm Thu., Jan. 25
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, 714 Lakeway Dr.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
In a clever sketch dubbed “The United States Extreme Right Cheerleading Squad,” the talented women of Broad Comedy execute some sweet moves while “rah-rah-rah-ing” about everything from not being worried about climate change (because of Armageddon) to gay marriage (“Who needs equal rights when you’re white and straight?”) to gun rights (“I’m ecstatic and emphatic about my semi-automatic”).
They’re spot on in getting their satiric points across—all with smiles on their faces and springs in their steps.
It’s par for the course. Since 2001, the Montana- and Los Angeles-based performers and founder Katie Goodman have been using their varied theatrical talents to bring light to a number of national and global issues affecting both women and men via irreverent sketch comedy, singing, dancing and even rapping.
With sketch names like “Boobs Look Funny When You’re Having Sex” to “Sorry Babe, you’re a Feminist,” “Probably Gay,” “An Appeal to Conservatives,” “Them Next Door,” “Vaginas Like Us,” and the side-splitting “MILF,” the joyously funny females tackle everything from homophobia to female sexuality and far beyond.
When Broad Comedy makes a tour stop in Bellingham for a Thurs., Jan. 25 show at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, it’ll be to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and to draw attention to—and raise money for—Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. With funding at stake due to the misguided missions of the the current presidential administration, every dollar helps.
“These brainy Broads know how to bring down the house while bringing in the bucks at our fundraisers,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says. “They love the f-word (feminism) and aren’t afraid to use it. They guarantee you’ll have a hilarious and inspiring night out.”
The performers are also quite generous with the use of that “other” f-word, so it’s probably best that you leave youngsters at home and come to the venue prepared for an adults-only night on the town (hors d’oeuvres and beverages are included in the ticket price).
But lest you think Broad Comedy is only for, well, broads, think again. Goodman says men make up at least a third to one-half of most of their audiences, and the fact that they’re big on women’s issues shouldn’t deter guys from enjoying the show or worrying they’ll be lambasted by Goodman and her crew.
“It’s absolutely a great girls’ night out, but it’s also a good date night,” Goodman told the Boston Globe. “Guys won’t cringe, except in a fun way…Guys come back, and they stop us on the street and ask when the next ‘Broad’ show is happening.”
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