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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2018 11:47 PM

The Educational Alliance and The 14th Street Y, in partnership with BETCHES The Sup, presented a sold-out evening of political comedy led by five ferocious female voices on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

"The comedians and the sold out audience represented the wonderful diversity that our community center and city bring together," said Ronit Muszkatblit, Artistic Director of Arts + Culture, the 14th Street Y. "There was a collective sentiment of the power in laughing and the strength of comedy as a Resistance tool. Women of all ages and a handful of men as well laughed the night away and left feeling empowered and comforted by the five tenacious female comedians who brought it!"

Jena Friedman is a comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker. She is currently a correspondent for National Geographic Explorer and has worked as a field producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman. Her critically acclaimed stand up special, American Cunt, is now available on Seeso and Amazon. She has a special airing on Adult Swim on February 18.

Aparna Nancherla is a comedian and actor. Credits include Crashing, Master of None, Love, and Inside Amy Schumer. Aparna was also named one of "The 50 Funniest People Right Now" by Rolling Stone. She has upcoming roles on the Comedy Central show, Corporate, the Paul Feig mystery thriller, A Simple Favor, as well as her own Netflix half-hour special, out in 2018. Last year, she released her debut album, Just Putting It Out There, on Tig Notaro's new label, Bentzen Ball Records, and recorded a half hour special for Comedy Central.
Janelle James is a comedian who can be seen on NBC Seeso's Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, @midnight on Comedy Central, Crashing (HBO) and Uproarious on Fuse (2016). She was included in the Just For Laughs Montreal's New Faces category for 2016, named one of the The 50 Most Funny People in Brooklyn 2016 and has been featured for her outstanding performance ability in The New York Times, Portland Tribune and Time Out Magazine. Janelle toured with Chris Rock as part of his Total Blackout Tour 2017.
Emmy Blotnick is a comedian and writer. She is currently Head Writer of The President Show on Comedy Central. Emmy has been named one of Comedy Central's Comics To Watch and Time Out NY's Women of Comedy.
Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress, and writer who was a cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live for four seasons. She has appeared on People of Earth, Transparent, Inside Amy Schumer, Bojack Horseman, Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, voiced the role of Maisie in Nickelodeon's Albert and Sally in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. She is also in the films The Outdoorsman, Yoga Hosers, Sleight and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train. She serves as ACLU's Celebrity Ambassador for Women's Rights, and her standup comedy special Pizza Mind is available to watch on Amazon.
Hosted by Betches - The Sup's Alise Morales (formerly of the 14th Street Y's After School program).

About The Theater at the 14th Street Y
The Theater at the 14th Street Y focuses on social awareness and change through big picture narrative. Inspired by works that welcome artists of all backgrounds, we place artists at the heart of our community and seek to create an inclusive and open cultural experience for all. Art is incubated here.

About the 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y's philosophy is grounded in the belief that contemporary Jewish sensibilities can be a source of inspiration, connection and learning. No matter what your background, we aim to inspire you to live your best life. We're committed to the development of the whole person, to strengthening family connections and to building inclusive and sustainable communities. The 14thStreet Y serves more than 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs and is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 128-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

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