The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys is excited to present the “Ladies of Laughter Comedy Fest: Celebrating Funny Jewish Women” March 7-10 of 2024. Our goal with this festival is to spotlight Jewish female comediennes, who do not often get to be the voice for entertainment. We have created a Jewish-themed event that invites the entire Southern California community to watch these talented women perform at the famous Ice House in Pasadena.

Taking place during National Women’s Month, the Ladies of Laughter Comedy Fest is a great way to bring together people from all backgrounds to celebrate the power of comedy to unite us.  We are giving a voice to people who identify as female and Jewish and celebrating the art they bring into the world.



Improv and Sketch Night
Host: Janice Markham
Venue: The Ice House - 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106


7:30 p.m. Improv/Sketch: Becca Bus | Messing with Bex | Pure and Weary



9:30 p.m. Amusing Jews Live Podcast recording with Rena Strober

(Please note that if you purchase tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Improv and Sketch show, you do not need to purchase a separate ticket for the 9:30 p.m. Podcast show.)


Shabbat Celebration


6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Join us for dinner at T. Boyles and help support a local Jewish-owned Restaurant






Stand-Up Night
Host: Jessica Winther
Venue: The Ice House - 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106

7:45 p.m. Becca Tham | Or Mash | Judy Carter | Abby Schachner
Headliner: Cathy Ladman






Venue: Jewish Federation's office - 114A West Lime Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016


10 a.m. Improv: Rebecca Sohn

11:30 a.m. Music and Humor: Creative Writing-Joshua Silverstein

1:00 p.m. Stand Up: Becca Tham

Breaking the Mold

Host: Nicole Blaine
Venue: The Crown Theater - 140 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107


5:30 p.m. A Night Honoring someone who has “Broken the Mold” and paved the way for Jewish Women in Comedy. This year’s honoree is Gilda Radner, and will include a viewing of the documentary, “Love, Gilda.”


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Join the Ladies of Laughter Luminary Circle

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to you on behalf of the Ladies of Laughter Comedy Fest: Celebrating Funny Jewish Women, a groundbreaking event celebrating Jewish women's wit, humor, and resilience through comedy. This inaugural event is scheduled for March 7-10, 2024, at the renowned Ice House in Pasadena. The Ladies of Laughter Comedy Fest aims to empower, entertain, and inspire audiences while promoting Jewish women's rich cultural heritage in the comedy world.


We are reaching out to seek your support as a sponsor for this unique and significant event. By joining the Ladies of Laughter (LOL) Luminary Circle, you will not only be endorsing the talents of these remarkable artists but also contributing to the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and laughter in our community.


Your generous donation will enable us to cover essential expenses such as venue rental, production costs, promotional materials, and artist fees. Additionally, your support will provide a strong start and options for the future growth of emerging Jewish women comedians, fostering the next generation of humorists. LOL Luminary Circle members will be acknowledged in the Festival program, at all Festival events, and will be honored at our Saturday, March 9 evening reception preceding our Stand-Up Night. You may designate your contribution in honor of someone special or in memory of a loved one. 


On behalf of myself and our planning committee, our Jewish Federation, and the entire community, we extend our deepest hope that you will join us as a member of LOL Luminary Circle and support the Ladies of Laughter Comedy Fest: Celebrating Funny Jewish Women.


Warmest regards,

Rebecca Russell

Program and Community Outreach Director

Ladies of Laughter Comedy Fest: Celebrating Funny Jewish Women Committee


Nicole Blaine    Bob Fisher    Jana Kaplan

Janice Markham    Fred Rotenberg    Abby Schachner

Jessica Winther