Anything you can do I can do better: Women vs Men Comedy Show

Female comedians always seem to get a bad rap; not funny enough, not sexy enough and they’re often criticized for having a one dimensional routine; the kind that focuses either on their bodies or break ups. On June 1st and 2nd the ladies will take on a comedic battle of wits as the gloves come off and they tell it how it is in the first ever Women vs Men Comedy Show: The Comic Battle of the Sexes.

Keesha Brownie has felt the pressure of being a female in a male dominated industry. But, she says its pressure that’s helped her transform into a comedic diamond. “For one thing you stick out from the rest; your voice is different from the other 10 males on the show. But the reward is THAT much better especially when people come up to you and say, “Hey, I saw you walk on stage and thought great another break up story, but damn girl, you’re really talented, couldn’t stop laughing”.

As for her fierce tongued team mate Crystal Ferrier, she says a tough skin is what got her where she is. “An ex boyfriend told me I could never do it. He said nobody will laugh; they will just stare at your [chest].  Now I make people laugh all over the world and what can I say I have a fabulous [chest]”.

Crystal and Keesha have some stiff competition, facing off against veteran comic Jay Martin and popular standup comedian Patrick Haye. “Female comedians get a bad rap because there have just always been more male comedians, and to be honest they’ve just been better than women. But I have seen some brilliant female comics. In everyday life, men try so hard to do so much for women, so we’ll get a chance to make fun of all of that on stage,” says Haye.

His partner Jay Martin doesn’t plan on being that nice. “The Jerk Jay is going to come out that night, very hot, very spicy,” says Martin. He says the audience should expect new material drawing inspiration from his own relationships. Jay will not be holding anything back when his team takes on the ladies.


  1. It is untrue when you say “to be honest they’ve just been better than women”.

    Funny women are not put on the stage. Clubs won’t allow more than one woman on a show of 15 comics. How funny would men be if the tables were reversed?

    Some female comics get hired because they are “going out with” another male comic or they have a car and will drive everyone to the out-of town gigs ’cause they guys have DWI’s.. They may not be funny, but their talent was irrelevant. The funnier females aren’t put on stage because the insecure male comics, not the great, funny headliners, the “middle management” a-holes can’t bear it when a female gets more laughs than them.

    When females are put on stage, they are usually put on first, as a sacrificial lamb.

    I overheard some guys talking about a local female comic who they were treating like shit when they just discovered that she’s a lesbian. “Hey, if we’re nice to her maybe she’ll let us watch” … and they began treating her well .. Just like one of the guys … as if her being gay was a career move. I never told her what I heard.

    A common introduction to female comics taking the stage is “There are not a lot of females in comedy … There are lot of sluts and whores.”

    For 2 years I used to book comics in a beautiful resort and made sure they were treated well and paid handsomely. They could ski or golf or go kayaking and didn’t need to spend money on food or drinks and could bring their girlfriend, boyfriend, parents and go home with the full check instead of spending it all at the bar like they do in the clubs.

    The clubs were hardly ever putting me on stage. The local club owner wanted me to pay him a cut. I knew the comics from travelling on the road. They weren’t “his” comics. I refused. He told “his” comics that if they ever spoke to me they would never work in that city again. Each and every one of them obliged, including the “In like Flynn lesbian”. Hmmm … I just may write something with that title.

    The out-of-town comics who used to stay at my place when auditioning for the comedy events in my city stopped calling and so did all the other comics. They were, after all performing at the club where the owner tried to bring me down. “I can break you, just like that!” he told me. “I’ll see to it that your resort gig doesn’t last long. after 2 years of bringing comedy to the country side and creating a following, the club owner made good on his word and had his improv comics take over my gig. yes, i had a contract, no i didn’t sue.

    I was Persona non grata in my hometown and witnessed the standing up part of stand up comedy was’t practiced among the favored comedians.

    However I must say, the mostly all-black shows treat women comics with respect and the female comics get their fair share of stage time. And the comics really blow the room apart! This has been my experience. The introductions are uplifting, the camaraderie is apparent and the club owners are nice.

    Funny, this business. As Steve Martin said, “Comedy isn’t pretty.”

    I’ve waited a multitude of years to express this. Think I’ll listen to some Sam Cooke right now. “It’s been a long, a long time coming … But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will.”