Cameron Esposito, Janine Brito and other All Jane, No Dick All-Stars

Women Aren’t Funny

The fest will feature the Portland premiere of the documentary Women Aren’t Funny, produced and directed by headliner Bonnie McFarlane (Last Comic Standing). Along with her husband, Rich Vos, McFarlane addressed the stubbornly outmoded and seemingly common idea that women are inherently less funny than men. The result is a well-played romp through the minds of some of today’s funniest, and undoubtedly most sarcastic comics.

Find her @BonnieMcFarlane

Kyle Mizono

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The comedy world is becoming wildly more accessible. It’s the reason we’re seeing more diverse comedy, podcasts making it their business to bring us what’s new, exciting and, obviously, funny. That is exactly how Kyle Mizono, a junior producer at The Super Serious Show, has made a name for herself. “I contacted the producers and they let me help out at the show every month,” Mizono said. “I eventually came to see them as sort of mentor figures—I refer to them as my ‘comedy parents.’ The Super Serious Show is like the hospital where they gave birth to me.”

As one of the most unique voices at this weekend’s festival, Mizono has found her niche in the mundane, an example being her hilarious series of photos of her holding dip. “I like to play around with different things,” Mizono said. “I enjoy performing at the monthly show in San Francisco called Talkies, where the concept is for comedians to experiment outside of regular stand-up. On some of the recent shows I’ve shared my Beanie Baby collection and made Halloween themed Jell-O using Slim Jims and Corn nuts. So Beanie Babies and Jell-O is my comedy at the moment.”

As an AJND first timer, Mizono is nervous. “I hope to goodness I don’t ruin it. Comedy festivals are such a blast and this one in particular looks pretty hot. I am looking forward to performing with so many talented women!” After the fest, you can find her performing along side Shaq on TruTV’s Upload with Shaquille O’Neal and in San Francisco for two nights of shows (Oct. 25-26) at Lost Weekend Video in the Mission District.

Find her @KyleMizono

Calise Hawkins

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As someone who lists her comedy goal as “being able to pay her rent,” it seems Hawkins might be on the right track. With a resume that includes writing for MTV’s Girl Code and Nick Mom Night Out on Nick Jr., appearing on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, she has created quite the story of success. With such an amazing background, its amazing that nerves almost got in the way. “I had many firsts,” Hawkins said. “I was just too nervous to follow through. I finally pulled the trigger when I met a comic, told him I always wanted to try standup, and he demanded I try his open mic. I just needed that little push.”

It’s that “little push” that led to some exciting moments that many comedians can only dream of. “The most exciting moment of my career had to be Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Hawkins admits. “I was so nervous and Jeff Probst, who was a guest on the show that night, pulled me aside and gave me a pep talk. He told me a story about how he was asked to throw the first pitch at a big baseball game and all he worried about for two weeks was over throwing the catcher. Sure enough when the pressure was on, he overthrew the catcher. Jeff told me not to think about forgetting my jokes or screwing up my punchlines. He impressed upon me that I should only visualize a good outcome, and that I should breathe.”

Hawkins’ support of her peers is her biggest attribute. “I get excited to see the success of Amy Shumer‘s show and Nikki and Sara,” Hawkins said. “Some girls don’t realize that we need these shows to do well. If these shows do well the “girl comic” stock goes up. This seems to be an interesting time for women in comedy, I really hope it continues.”

Find her @CaliseHawkins

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