Vermont Comedy Divas at the River Garden
An evening of hilarity by the only all-female, touring stand-up comedy troupe in the United States!
The Vermont Comedy Divas bring their acclaimed brand of stand-up comedy to the River Garden in a fund-raising event for Strolling of the Heifers. Founded in 2006 by Josie Leavitt, this all-female touring group is a staple of the Vermont comedy scene.
The night's featured Divas will be:
HILLARY BOONE Hillary started in a log cabin in the North East Kingdom of Vermont where she spent a childhood waiting to escape. After traveling the country and some of the world, Hillary is back in her home state, making people laugh. She's opened for comics such as Deanne Smith, Myq Kaplan, and Al Yountz. She once ate dinner with a hungry Sarah Schaeffer who had no where else to go. Sometimes it's about being in the right place at the right time. Hillary likes to think that she enjoys a sort of "local fame," consisting primarily of warm fuzzies when other Burlingtonians quizzically ask, "do I know you from somewhere?" or when anyone comments on her cartoon blog. Her comedy has been described as quirky, likeable, queer and smart, and even "simply delightful" by a local comedy critic. She has been i-spied approximately one times.
JOSIE LEAVITT The founder of the Vermont Comedy Divas, Josie got her start in New York City, playing clubs like Caroline's and Stand-Up New York. Her comedic stories treat very personal, adult themes in an accessible, universal way. She has performed benefits for the Humane Society, Partners in Adventure, RU12, WBON, and more. She is the co-founder of the Divas Do Good initiative which works to bring comedy shows to not-for-profits with a social mission. Josie has won the Seven Daysies award for best comic in Vermont twice, in 2011 and then again in 2014. In October 2014, Josie won a Burlington, VT Moth Story Slam. As stand-comedy teacher, Josie has taught well over 300 comics in the last ten years and has worked with incarcerated women and men in 2013. Josie also co-owns the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, VT and writes the Shelftalker blog for Publishers Weekly.
SUE SCHMIDT After an extensive career as a mental health counselor and a government manager, Sue decided that her experiences working with humans was too good not to share. Sue started her career as a comedian in the Fall of 2012 and by the end of 2013, had done sixty shows in 40 venues across the country from Maine to Florida to Anchorage, Alaska. Sue is a member of the Vermont Comedy Divas and the co-founder of the "Divas Do Good" initiative that connects women comedians with nonprofit organizations to help raise funds. Sue has been featured comedic storyteller at the Boston Women in Comedy Festival the Green Mountain Comedy Festival., Extempo, MassMouth and the Moth. Sue's newest endeavor "Tell Me Something Good" brings together comedic storytellers for shows that raise funds for family organizations across New England. Her first show "Are We There Yet" debuted to a sold out audience this Fall.
TRACIE SPENCER Tracie performs throughout New England, in numerous comedy venues and benefit shows. Her style combines an easy, measured delivery with a subtly dry wit. She was selected to perform in Boston for the Women in Comedy Festival, was a four-year Higher Ground Comedy Battle finalist, a Funniest Comic in Vermont finalist and was the only female comic selected to compete in the Funniest Comic in New England Semi-Finals. Originally from West Virginia, previously an FBI Budget Analyst, she enjoys volunteering, beach volleyball and hanging out with amazing daughters.
AUTUMN ENGROFF SPENCER Autumn wanted to be a comic all her life. Four years ago, she finally took the plunge and signed up for comedy-writing class. Since then, she has been performing comedy in Vermont & NY both on her own and as part of the all-female comedy troupe, The Vermont Comedy Divas. She particularly enjoys telling jokes for a good cause. Autumn lives in Burlington with her 2 hilarious children & their handsome dad.
Robert H. Gibson River Garden (View)
157 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
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