NOTE: The link above will go live 15 minutes before the show starts tonight.
For the first time in stand-up history, we'll feature a night of all female comedians with disabilities. Come join us for this virtual night of laughs followed by a round table discussion with the comedians.
Get your tickets on Eventbrite and click the link above to watch the show on October 28 at 8pm EST | 5pm PST.
Wednesday, October 28
8pm EST | 5pm PST
NOTE: We will provide an ASL interpreter if requested by October 21, 2020.
HOST FOR THE EVENING
Selene Luna, the voice of Tía Rosita in Disney-Pixar’s Academy Award & Golden Globe Awards' Winner COCO, is an established presence in Hollywood with multiple roles in movies and TV shows such as Celebrity Wife Swap, Lionsgate’s My Bloody Valentine 3D, and Margaret Cho’s The Cho Show, the Mexican-American actress who lives with a physical disability, has also broken ground as a featured burlesque dancer in five national tours of the undisputed Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese. Luna’s most celebrated stand-up comedy credit has been opening for several of Margaret Cho’s national tours. In 2018, Luna, successfully produced, DON'T LAUGH AT US! A "Special" Comedians Comedy Special, a standup comedy show featuring an all-disabled line-up. 2019 was a big year for Luna, she filmed her first standup comedy special, Selene Luna: Short Stories, directed by Margaret Cho. Later that year, Luna took to Washington, DC by meeting with legislators like, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, at the 2019 Conference on Independent Living to advocate for disability rights and spoke at a rally on Capitol Hill alongside U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer. Currently, you can see Selene Luna featured in Palm Springs Life Magazine.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of CHRONICALLY FUNNY will be donated to
Designated Exceptional Services for Independence
The DESI mission is to teach those with disabilities to live independent lives, so they can be their own person,
make their own decisions and experience the joy of doing so. DESI was founded in 2008 to help support families
with children and young adults with developmental disabilities. Their goal is to make their clients independent
and become active members of their community. These activities could be tasks such as utilizing public
transportation, attending post secondary education, acquiring employment, micro-enterprising, building
appropriate social skills, learning about financial budgeting and any other areas in which assistance is desired.
The Chronically Funny Lineup
Lineup subject to change.
Cara Reedy, Program Manager for DREDF’s Disability & Media Alliance Project (D-MAP), has been involved in media her entire life in one form or another. She’s a journalist, an actor, a director and a photographer. She holds degrees in political science, theatre and photography. Her journey in media has taken several twists and turns. People with disabilities have to create the world they want to operate in before they can do what they are passionate about. Cara is no exception. She worked at CNN for ten years, produced docs, did some food writing and, yes, reported on disability. In 2015, she quit CNN and starred in a self-produced pilot and directed another. In 2018, Cara freelanced at NPR on Weekend All Things Considered. In 2019 she co-produced a short doc for The Guardian “Dwarfism and Me." Cara lives and breathes media. Disability – the world’s largest minority that crosses race, socio-economic class and age – and is only at the beginning stages of being covered and represented properly by some of the media. Anyone can become disabled at any point in their life and yet this continues to be ignored or spoken about as if it is unnatural. As the Program Manager for D-MAP, Cara seeks to leverage this necessary, ongoing evolution of the media landscape by focusing on three key areas: Journalism, Film and TV, and Advertising. Her goal? Have disabled people control our own narratives. The world is missing out on some of the best stories on the planet, the journalist in her knows that can’t stand.
Christie Buchele is an up-and-coming standup comic from Denver, Colorado. Christie has made a name for herself by sharing the heart-wrenching and hilarious realities of being a woman with a disability. Christie has been featured on Viceland’s Flophouse; Hidden America with Jonah Ray; and Laughs on Fox. Christie has performed at the Crom Comedy Festival in Omaha, Nebraska, Denver's own High Plains Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, and Limestone Comedy Festival. Christie has been described as "brave" for leaving the house in that body. Her comedy has been described as "funny despite what she talks about" and "uncomfortable" by Christie's mom. She has opened for the likes of Josh Blue, Sean Patton and Andy Kindler.
Christie co-hosts a witty relationship advice podcast, Empty Girlfriend, which earned Best Comedy Podcast by Westword magazine's Best Of awards and Best Podcast at the Sexpot Comedy awards in 2017. As one-third of the Denver Comedy powerhouse, The Pussy Bros, Christie reps the Mile High City hard while crushing audiences with a wry, biting style that’s a bit sweet and a little bit surly, proving time and again you can say almost anything with a smile on your face and a gimp in your step.
Jade Theriault is a cyborg who combines provocative thought with moving furniture. Jade was manufactured in the California Bay and has performed at many showcases including “Tourette’s Without Regrets” and “Critical Hit.” They perform at The Punchline, Cobbs Comedy Club,Tommy T's, and Delirium’s weekly show “#triviaLOL."Festival credits include SF Sketchfest, The Art of Female Comedy Festival (Wichita, KS), and the Westside Comedy Festival in Santa Monica, where they were honored for Best Joke of the Night. Jade also starred in a series of short films produced by D. Jun Kosmos Films and was on an episode of MTV Decoded. Most recently, Jade featured in Malic Almaya’s “RUN!” (2018), an anti-war film that comments on the issue of transgender inclusion in the military.
Jade Theriault conceived of J.A.D.E. in a sweaty high school piano closet, anticipating a ride home on a smaller yellow bus. This led to an 8 year exploration of comedy, visual art, music, and feelings. When not anxious, Jade thinks about the future of Artificial Intelligence.
Nina G is a comedian, professional speaker and author of Stutterer Interrupted. She has been featured in/on everything from NPR's 51%, BBC's Ouch, Psychology Today, Tedx, multiple day time talk shows, Howard (Stern) 100 News and even the Stuttering John Podcast. Nina shares her wit and wisdom with corporations, colleges, libraries, conferences, and community events. Her no nonsense approach to disability awareness and acceptance helps to bring institutions, communities and individuals to deepen their understanding of the disability and bring practical approaches to making a more inclusive society.
You may know Santina Muha from her role as Beth on the Netflix comedy “One Day at a Time” or Santina the PA on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!”. She can also be seen in the Gus Van Sant film “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” opposite Joaquin Phoenix and in the popular indie film “Greener Grass.” Her short films “Take It Back” and “Full Picture” were finalists for best picture in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge for the past two years in a row. She recently wrote, recorded and shot “Ass Level,” a comedic music video. Santina is a regular performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade. In her time there, she wrote and performed a sold out one woman show (“That Girl in the Wheelchair”) and hosted and performed in countless shows. Most recently she hosted the popular show “Rolling with my Homies,” which in Covid-19 times has turned into a virtual talk show, wherein she interviews other wheelchair users. She is a recipient of the Christopher Reeve Acting Scholarship and the UCB Diversity Scholarship, and was an actor in the 2015 ABC Talent Showcase. She now sits on the UCB Diversity Committee.
Her "Ask a Woman in a Wheelchair" series on Buzzfeed received over 10 million hits, she has appeared in several Funny or Die! sketches, and has been a guest on many popular comedy podcasts, including “Why Won’t You Date Me?," “Ronna & Beverly,” “Spontaneonation,” “Natch Beaut,” “Doughboys,” and more. Santina was in a car accident when she was six years old, and has had to use a wheelchair ever since. She’s a Sicilian Jersey girl with sass, and an LA loving woman with crystals. She is currently working on a collection of essays, and has a few other projects in the works. You can follow along with Santina’s most recent endeavors on Instagram or Twitter @SantinaMuha .
ABOUT THE WOMEN'S EQUALITY EXCHANGE
The Passionistas Project Women's Equality Summit may be over, but we want to keep the conversation going. We're creating a place where women can exchange ideas, take practical steps and keep moving forward in the fight for equality.
Our monthly Women's Equality Exchange events will dive deeper into the topics we discussed at the summit and open the conversation up to you. Each month we will be presenting an entertaining yet informative event (storytellers, comedy nights, films, readings and more) followed by a panel discussion or interview.
Then after each presentation we will turn to our Facebook group for an idea exchange between panelists, attendees and group members in order to create concrete steps to take and solutions to work towards. We will continue the conversation, answer questions, post action items and keep each other accountable for seeing the ideas through.