The LaughtHER Collective is an organization dedicated to amplifying and advancing womxn+ and diversity using tools & techniques of comedy. Our mission is to equip everyone with the confidence and conviction to communicate more clearly, a bit funnier, navigate conflict more seamlessly while maintaining relationships using humor, operate at a higher level and spread joy during times when it’s been missing.
The HER in The LaughtHER Collective is because we are led by womxn+, but we are working for anyone who's felt overlooked and underrepresented, which requires everyone.
BOTTOM LINE: EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
TLC is working to narrow the gender pay gap through training and resource sharing, offer universal healing through laughter, and bring honesty and equity to more spaces.
Our Pillars are WHAT?
Like Womxn+ and Diverse Communities, Each of Our Pillars Supports One Another
We are equipping womxn+ and underrepresented people with tools, resources, and opportunities to narrow the gender gap, in comedy specifically. Our workshops offer unique training and resource sharing that continues beyond. Our showcases offer ample opportunities for performers to build confidence, hone technique, and develop sets. Womxn+ and diversity make up less than 25% of the stand up industry -- a disparity we will disrupt.
We are on a mission to equip everybody with tools to have successful careers in comedy, bringing laughter, joy, and fulfillment to more. We’ve all heard that “laughter is the best medicine” which would make stand up comedians… doctors. As ridiculous as that sounds there is truth to it. Humor is healing. It can bring people together. Laughter can literally extend your life. Hell! It can save your life! Studies from The Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, and The University of California, Berkeley have proven that what we teach through our workshops and offer through our showcases helps & heals in incredible ways.
We are creating womxn+ and diverse-led spaces to further opportunities and cultivate a new norm in the industry. Like carbon emissions, we are offsetting an imbalance that should not exist to ensure that each and every voice can be heard, shared, and developed; not just a few of the same ones. We refuse to lose any more unique and interesting perspective, jokes and deliveries because it's from someone other than a person identifying as a man.
We are providing everybody with the tools and techniques to make bolder choices and take up as much space as they need when and where they needs it. We are carefully undoing a learned behavior that we never should have learned. Through guidance, support, and opportunities, we are preparing and elevating everybody to exist, persist, and lead with confidence and conviction. We must continue to break barriers. The road has already been paved thanks to collective persistence from those before us. Now, we are painting lines, putting up signs, and building foundation and community for everyone!
THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
Our monthly showcase of up & coming womxn+ and diverse performers, is an opportunity to demonstrate and witness the utter hilarity that is a line-up of womxn+ and diverse comics. Come enjoy rising comics, meet and mingle with previous and future performers, and enjoy an incredible showcase like none other. Every time! We’ve created womxn+-led spaces to provide more opportunities for tangible experience and make it abundantly clear that womxn+ are so funny, we don’t even need men! Not really, not even a little bit if you know how babies are made *wink*, but you get our point. Interested in performing in a show like that? We are currently accepting submission for our Fall 2022 season.
You could open for headliners like...
featured on Comedy Central, Two Dope Queens, and Bust Down
featured on VH1, Comedy Central's Broad City, and Paramount+'s Search Party
featured on Netflix Is A Joke, Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, and Comedy Central
featured regularly at NYC's The Comedy Cellar, also on Showtime's Flatbush Misdemeanors
AND SO MANY MORE!!!
Currently shows are only being hosted in NYC.
Reach out for additional locations.
Get tickets here: The Menstrual Cycle
Follow our show @The_Menstrual_Cycle_Show for all details! Promotions! & MORE!
Meet the Co-Founders
Christi Chiello + Hope D
Why Christi + Hope?
Combined, our decades of experience in the entertainment industry, higher education, and career counseling uniquely suit us to know these problems and how best to solve them one room at a time. Our approach is effective, universal, and fun. It is ALL three of those things in one -- like real life Sesame Street for grown ups!
In theory, we should have learned these skills much earlier throughout different stages of development, from different mentors. However, since womxn+ and underrepresented groups have less opportunities for mentors and sponsors, and have been encouraged to do things like ‘be seen and not heard.' This has hindered womxn+ and diversity from entering and persisting in many industries. We are here to round off these hard edges to ensure environments are thriving and amplifying voices that, until the sixties, were practically muted.
When we launched in 2021, it was quick and we didn’t have a name. We didn't know what to call ourselves. Hope was really stuck on “Vaginal Mesh” but luckily Christi is professional and eventually reigned that in. We decided to name our live monthly show, “The Menstrual Cycle” but still hadn't found our name-name. Then, much like the birth of an actual child, The LaughtHER Collective came to be.
A strong name. A clear name. A name that symbolizes a beacon.
"The laughter I heard from backstage as I took to the stage confirmed it: The Menstrual Cycle was one of the most affirming performance spaces I've ever been a part of. From start to finish, Hope and Christi created a supportive - and hilarious - environment to put on a show. It was worth traveling from Boston to be a part of, and I look forward to joining them again in the future!" - Amma Marfo
"From the moment I met both Christi and Hope I “knew” it was meant to be. Christi is not only a fantastic comedian, like for for real she is funny AF BUT she is a caring and nurturing teacher who not only pushes you but pushes you to bring your best. Whilst Hope is just a ball of energy, can do attitude and punny as all get out. Like the woman can do puns like no one’s business." Kit Williams
"As a comic, I have to say the Menstrual Cycle was one of the most organized and enjoyable show's i've ever performed on. Christi and Hope are wonderful producers who took care to make performers informed and comfortable. The lineup was such a fun and diverse group of women and femmes who were all hilarious, supportive and kind. The audience was fantastic as well, enthusiastic and respectful. It felt like I was telling jokes to a group of people i'd want to hang out with every day. I'm not only a performer but now, a Menstrual Cycle fan and will come back every month! - Sarah Barnitt
"Performing at the Menstrual Cycle was the most supportive show I’ve ever done. The other performers were all so sweet and kind but the audience was also so open and ready to laugh. Being on a show with all women/women identifying people was really special not to mention getting amazing tape and photos out of the deal!" - Alex Phipps
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