She Makes Me Laugh is an impressively fantastic monthly show at The PIT, run by the funny ladies of improv group, Big Mermaid—Laura Zabolotsky, Maria Bobila, Michaela O'Brien, and Ashley Lara. This month’s show was headlined by Nikki Glaser, former host of the Comedy Central show Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, Joyelle Johnson, who’s opened for Dave Chappelle, Hannibal Buress, Russell Peters and Maria Bamford, and Samantha Ruddy, who’s headlined at Caroline’s and been featured in several festivals. Also performing was Glennis LaRoe for her characters, made popular by her instagram character series Everyday People, and comedian, actor, and storyteller, Bridget Randolph, who changed the mood to something much more wholesome than what we’re used to seeing in the NYC comedy scene.
Big Mermaid opened the show with a quick improv set, and they too, slayed. The group had obvious chemistry, and put the crowd in good spirits for the headliners. The show was well produced and ran smoothly, unsurprising since these are the same women that threw Femme Fest at The PIT last year.
Every performer carried their weight, and the sold-out crowd responded; and although this was an all-female lineup (yasss), there was definitely something for everyone. I sat next to an old couple who couldn’t help but laugh at Nikki’s comments about her lady parts, and Samantha’s hilarious bit about chicken nuggets. Joyelle had us in near tears when she told a story about dating a Trump supporter. Together, the whole crowd sighed and related to Bridget’s heartfelt story about youthful romance, and Glennis’ zany performance was well-polished.
After the show, audience members lingered to talk to the gals of Big Mermaid and congratulate them on their success. At just $11 a ticket, this show went above and beyond expectations, and I highly recommend catching the next one in March. Also, $1 of every ticket went to Everytown for Gun Safety—so basically, this show was the shit.
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