I followed Wanda Sykes. I performed a ten-minute set after this was shown to the audience.
As a comic, it was a real learning experience on selecting material. Often, I got the opposite reaction to bits that I get at comedy shows. They laughed hard at things that get mild laughter at clubs, and less at bits that get a rowdier reaction typically. Overall, they were very appreciative, and several people made a point of speaking to me later. I feel so honored that Fran thought of me. I think I'm still high from that.
After sharing in my blog last Tuesday about being asked to speak and perform at a screening of a film in October, I was then asked by Fran Luck, producer and host of WBAI's feminist radio show "Joy of Resistance," to perform in a feminist film festival that takes place on five Friday nights, and the Friday I was requested for was 9/26/14. She had actually contacted me weeks earlier, but it was to an old email address and I hadn't seen the email. Her boyfriend, who is a writer and poetry friend of mine, reconnected us. I am grateful.
The event continues with different themes for four more Fridays. http://tinyurl.com/mmtn5vm Definitely a nourishing evening.
I find it interesting that in both cases where I was invited as a comic to be a part of these cultural events, it was by someone not in the comedy field. One knows me through acting and writing; the other through the NYC poetry circle.
Something that made me feel happy was there seemed to be much less of a divide between gay and straight women than there was in the 1970s. The togetherness felt so good to me. I don't like the pick-a-team mentality. I need the togetherness in order for me to have a place to feel at home.