The LaughtHER Collective is an organization dedicated to amplifying womxn in all spaces using tools and techniques of comedy. Our mission is to equip all people with confidence and conviction to communicate more clearly and perhaps 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.
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, Each of Our Pillars Supports One Another
We are equipping womxn+ 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 make up less than 25% of the stand up industry -- a disparity we will disrupt.
We are on a mission to equip women 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 female 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 female voice can be heard, shared, and developed. We refuse to lose any more unique and interesting perspective, jokes and deliveries because it's from a womxn.
We are providing womxn with the tools and techniques to make bolder choices and take up as much space as she needs when and where she 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 womxn 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 womxn!
Elevate and prepare your corporate spaces to be more affirming through the avenue of comedy. Equip your team with confidence and conviction to communicate more clearly, navigate conflict better, and overall boost performance in this ever changing world. Comedy is relational and promotes skills such as adaptability and timing -- highly valuable and transferable tools.
The Menstrual Cycle, a monthly stand up comedy showcase for up & coming womxn+ performers is an opportunity to demonstrate the utter hilarity that is all female line-ups. Come witness rising comics, meet and mingle with previous and future performers, and enjoy an incredible female showcase. Always. We’ve create female-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.
Currently shows are only being hosted in NYC. Reach out for additional locations.
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+ have less opportunities for mentors and sponsors, and have been encouraged to do things like ‘be seen and not heard.' This has hindered womxn+ 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