Through a series of panels, workshops and performances, the Women in Comedy Festival strives to:

  • Address​ the environmental shift that occurs for women in comedy post-grad
  • Create​ peer-to-peer comedy connections and professional comedy mentorships
  • Ask​ how women can act as allies for each other and other minority voices in comedy
  • Celebrate​ women voices in comedy and Princeton’s 50th year of co-education

Open only to Princeton students and guest students from other colleges through the Intercollegiate Humor Conference.

Registration required. Free tickets are available for Princeton students at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office.

Part of the Intercollegiate Humor Conference, hosted annually by The Princeton Tiger. Presented by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Project Boards, and Women*s Center. 


11 AM | Check-in

11:30 AM | Opening remarks ​by the festival’s producers

12 PM | ​Women’s News, Feminized.
Sarah Pappalardo and Taylor Carron from ​Reductress ​— women’s news, feminized — discuss the art of humor writing.

1 PM | Hollywood, Baby!
Princeton alum Amy Solomon (HBO’s ​Silicon Valley ​and ​Barry​) talks working as a young TV producer in L.A.

1:45 PM | Where are the Ladies in Late-Night???
Join Princeton alum Halcyon Person as she talks about the male-dominated environment of late-night television and her experience as a director and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

2:30 PM | Short Break

2:30 PM | Getting involved in (and #Bettering) Comedy on Your Campus
Students are encouraged to attend this casual conversation about getting involved with comedy at Princeton during the short break.

3 PM | ​I’m a professional improv comedian, and I’m a woman of color!
Conversation with Lily Du, Alise Morales and Rachel Pegram about the accessibility of improv comedy and their personal comedy journeys as women of color in an industry that is largely white-dominated.

4 PM | Nanette: Where do we go from here?
Before our dinner break, Professor Brian E. Herrera leads an open conversation about how Hannah Gadsby’s comedy special ​Nanette​ has challenged the future of comedy.

5 PM | ​Dinner Break

7 PM | ​The Literal Future of Comedy 
Hosted by Princeton alum Catherine Cohen. Amazing lady comedians prove that they are literally the future of comedy.

8:30 PM | Fancy AF Reception

9:30 PM | Tiger Mag’s Variety Show (optional)


Why the Women in Comedy Fest?

In short, the festival strives to create a functioning infrastructure for whatever one’s interest in comedy may be — from peer collaborators to professional resources.

For those students not yet involved with comedy on campus, WCF seeks to encourage female-identifying undergraduates to lose the “I’m not funny” attitude and get involved.

For those students who don’t see their voices represented in comedy outlets on campus, WCF seeks to encourage (1) the creation of new organizations and (2) current comedy organizations to realize the ways in which they contribute to the problem by self-selecting voices similar to their own.

In the same vein, for those students who attend the festival with an interest in comedy performance, we hope they will exit with a better understanding of how to create their own work for their own, unique voice.

For those students interested in a professional career in comedy, we hope they exit the festival asking, Why not me?


Attire​​?  “Chill Girl Networking”

Can boys come?​​  Duh.

Do I have to attend every event?​​  No. But, like, you should?

Map + Directions

The Lewis Arts complex is located at 122 Alexander Street in Princeton, NJ.

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Presented By

  • Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students
  • Women*s Center
  • Princeton University