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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “Funny Women of a Certain Age” at the Bankhead Theater Features Funniest, Most Daring Women Comics

May 01, 2022
by Jan Miller
"Funny Women of a Certain Age," which recently performed at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, CA., is a show straight from the unfettered mouths and uninhibited minds of the funniest, most daring, most experienced women in comedy: they have seen it all! They’ve been told that women aren’t funny and even asked to trade sexual favors for work. But trust me, they have A LOT to say and they say it hysterically.

Known as the comic’s comic, “Funny Women of a Certain Age” creator Carole Montgomery has brought to the stage some of the most respected names in comedy. It was created to give older women comics a chance to be seen and heard. Frustrated with how women are portrayed once they hit 50, Carole decided to do something about it. The women who appear in “Funny Women of a Certain Age” are all funny, vibrant and brilliant. They just happen to be of a certain age. On this night at the Bankhead, the show featured Monique Marvez, Leighann Lord and Julia Scotti.

Carole opened the evening at the Bankhead with her own routine. “If I had to choose between ageism or sexism, I’d take a pat on the behind any day, since that meant someone noticed me.” And it got even better and funnier from there!

Leighann Lord, a smart, savvy, and very funny veteran stand-up comedian for more than two decades, has crafted her own unique brand ot ‘Thinking Cap Comedy.’ More than a stand-up, Lord gives audiences her informed and funny take on politics, world new and current events. At the end of her performance at the Bankhead, Leighann told the audience that if they liked her bit she is Leighann Lord… and if they didn’t, her name is Jada Pinkett Smith!

Monique Marvez is the perfect artist for these dynamic times. The lovely Latina is fully prepared for anything! A quarter century of living on stages and honing her skills in total authenticity with a clear voice (fluent in Spanish) stand up, her ‘schtick’ hits home with audiences, as her clear voice is powerful, giving audiences an equal part AHA! and Ha! Ha!

The evening wrapped up with Julia Scotti, one of the top Transgender Comedians in the country. Julia was born biologically male, and lived the first 28 years of her life as Rick Scotti. Julia drew loud applause for her joking about herself being in the autumn of her years, with all the aches and pains that goes with it. The audience howled with laughter as many could certainly relate.

All in all, it was a fantastic evening that tickled the funnybone of everyone in the audience.

The Bankhead Theater has a fantastic weekend of nostalgia, girl power, and family fare planned for Mother’s Day weekend. On Friday, May 6, country and popular music legend Crystal Gayle will be bringing her music prowess to the Bankhead. The next day on Saturday, May 7, America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles will impress and show Tri-Valley audiences whey they are trailblazers in this field normally led by men. Finally, on Sunday, May 8, the Bankhead will give a warm welcome to some Animal Planet royalty, as Johnny Peers & The Muttville Comix delight audiences (after their Mother’s Day brunches) with their hilarious and family-friendly brand o humor. All of these performances will take place at the beautiful Bankhead Theater, located (2400 First Street) in Downtown Livermore, CA.

For tickets or more information please visit www.livermorearts.org.


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