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What the Press is Saying

  • The Examiner

    "Pretty Funny Women are professional high style comediennes"
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    As a Green Life Examiner, one might question the connection to Pretty Funny Women. I support women, that's the connection and how much greener could I be? Women's Issues are huge. And last night's lineup of Pretty Funny Women at Flappers in Burbank all are real women with real issues. Frankly, I laughed from the moment emcee Kimrie Davis began the 8:00 set.

    In 1996, founder and funny lady Lisa Sundstedt started Pretty Funny Women to fill a niche providing female comedians with training designed by a woman. Today Pretty, Funny Women is the longest running, all female stand-up comedy show in the country. Pretty Funny Women are not females trying to act like male comedians. These are women discussing body issues, men, women, recycling boyfriends and girlfriends, ( green again!) alcoholism, lesbianism, sexism and child birth. Issues that affect women without leaving out men. And the audience was definitely not predominately female. This was the Main Room at Flappers Comedy Club and it was packed to standing room, with every race and gender of people.

    According to Sundstedt, "I created a platform for women to be women. I don't book comics who are too dirty or unoriginal. Rape jokes, abortion jokes, "I'm a whore" jokes or any of the other easy "go to" premises that new comics often tend to gravitate toward are frowned upon unless they are incredibly smart. Sarah Silverman does that beautifully...why bother?" Sundstedt said.

    "My show is unapologetic, clean, irreverent and girlie. I love beautiful women and in my opinion, there is nothing more powerful than a smart, funny, attractive woman who owns her sexuality. Pretty, Funny Women are not self deprecating, mean or raunchy. A Pretty Funny Woman is a woman who is genuinely true to herself. I encourage all of my students to discover their unique voice, find the beauty within and celebrate it!"

    Last night's line up of comediennes included Bergin Williams, Emily Wassler, Jianine Giorgio, Karla Watkins, Lindsey Reckis, Marguerite Henry, Mindy Lipton, Samantha Hale, Tammy Taveres andTory Shulman with Lisa Sundstedt performing the finale. I have not been so impressed with a comedy troupe like this in many years. That is also the reason I list all of them by name. These women have the potential and the performance skills to go big. As to Lisa Sundstedt, her set was incredible. Granted she is their teacher, however she went on and played the audience like a piano. Sundstedt raises the bar on comediennes not ony by training and putting out solid talent but by her own terrific performance.

    Over 500 women are now Pretty Funny Women alumnae with 100's of regular comics who perform on the show as well.

    According to Sundstedt, "Pretty Funny Women started as a show in 96 with a showcase added when I started teaching in 2005," Sundstedt said. "I now mainly book my alumni students on every line up."

    Comediennes from Pretty Funny Women are regularly seen on network television series, national commercials sitcoms, Comedy Central Specials and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Well know funny women featured in Pretty Funny Women include Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Sherri Shepherd, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler.

    For more information about Pretty Funny Women, go to www.prettyfunnywomen.com.

  • San Diego Performer

    "Women love it because it’s smart, honest, hysterical and relatable."
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    Pretty, Funny Women (PFW) is the longest-running, all female stand-up comedy show in the country. Created in 1996, PFW is run, booked and hosted by comedienne and writer Lisa Sundstedt (a.k.a., The Heidi Fleiss of Comedy). PFW has been running strong in several venues for over 12 years including The Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, The La Jolla Comedy Store, The Comedy Club @ Pechanga and currently plays every month at the World Famous Hollywood Improv. It features a different line up each show with a roster of over 50 seasoned comics who can be seen regularly on network television series, national commercials, hit sitcoms, Comedy Central Specials & The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Some of the women who have been featured in PFW over the past decade are Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Sherri Shepherd, Margaret Cho and Aisha Tyler. All the comics from Lisa’s roster are hip, sexy, fun and hysterical. Stand-up comedy has never looked so good!

    What Makes It Unique?
    Individually, these comics work colleges and clubs across the country. PFW features an amazing line up of five of these women doing their BEST 20 minutes. The tone of the show is sexy, irreverent and smart. These comics are pros who have been working with each other for years. The chemistry between Lisa, the comics and the audience is unlike any other show out there.

    Who Are the Fans?
    Women love it because it’s smart, honest, hysterical and relatable. Young boys love it because it’s sexy. Men love it because it’s genuinely funny. Young girls love it because they all want to be us. Gay men love it because they all want to be us. Grandmas love it because it’s not “too” dirty. Couples love it because it’s interactive. Feminists love it because we’re not self deprecating and Scientologist love it because we’re not on medication (at least not while performing).

  • Press of Atlantic City

    "The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana always does a great job bringing in very funny comedians. But this week, it's even better."
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    The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana always does a great job bringing in very funny comedians. But this week, it's even better.

    Owner Bob Kephart was so taken by the show, "Pretty, Funny Women," that he reached a little deeper into his pockets than usual and booked the female stand-up comedy show arter peak season.
    "It was the only open dates we had," Kephart says. "But I really wanted them. So I brought them In. They are great. The way they play off of each other is really funny. They are all women, but they all have conflicting opinions of certain things ... they make fun of each other. They are some of the best female comics working today."
    "Pretty, Funny Women," which is at the Comedy Stop through Sunday, Sept. 9, is the longest running, all-female stand-up comedy show in the country. Created by Lisa Sundstedt, the show has been running strong in several venues for more than 10 years. The women are edgy, sexy and, most importantly, funny.
    The five-woman show features the comedians doing their best 20 minutes. Irreverent and smart, the show appeals to women because it's smart, honest, hysterical and relatable. Men also like it because it's just genuinely funny.
    Starring Sunstedt, Heather McDonald, Shawn Pelofsky, Jody Ferdig and Vicki Barbolac, the women's resumes cross all entertainment mediums from the Cartoon Network's "Robot Chicken" to "Malcolm in the Middle" and others. sarbotac was the 2007 winner of Nickelodeon's "Funniest Mom in America."
    Showtlmes are 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 9 and 11: 15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $23, $26 for Saturday's shows.

  • OC Register

    "Pretty Funny Women perform at the 'Stand Up Against Housing Discrimination' Comedy Night."
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