Category Archives: Feminist Comedians

Rhonda Shear

Rhonda Shear has been breaking the mold since her beginnings as a New Orleans beauty queen, during her brief stint in politics, as Hollywood actress/sex symbol, touring as a stand-up comedienne, and now as the entrepreneur behind Rhonda Shear Intimates and the Ahh Bra! After appearing on countless TV shows and in films, modeling professionally, and hosting USA: Up All Night for over 450 episodes, Rhonda knows all about capturing the attention of audiences around the world.

Shear Enterprises, LLC now has nearly 20 full-time employees, its own 15,000sqft corporate office space in sunny Florida, and customers in over 30 countries! From its humble beginnings, the company has grown incredibly quickly, now selling millions worldwide each year! So how did Ronda and partner Van Fagan find success where so many have failed? Hard work, patience, and creativity! “If you can’t invest in yourself, how can you expect anyone to?” Rhonda and Van self funded Shear Enterprises, LLC almost entirely for their first 10 years in business. Building on Rhonda Shear Intimates’ international acclaim Rhonda plans to launch a new line of fragrance & beauty products, expand Rhonda Shear Intimates’ presence in retail, and now a book!

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Mariann Aalda; comedian; cancer survivor

Mariann Aalda

A veteran actress, Mariann Aalda began her standup career in 2008. She performs in clubs coast-to-coast — from Caroline’s in NYC to Hollywood Improv.

A Chicago native, she got her show biz start on the streets of New York… literally, as a writer-performer doing sketch comedy on a pull-down stage off the side of a truck with Off-Centre Theatre. She has toured with the improv groups, The Proposition and 3 Blacque Chix.  Mariann is also a cancer survivor, and not afraid to tackle this topic with humor. She also has some hilarious insight on aging, sex, and more!

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AARP recently profiled Aalda.  Read it here.

“Deemed ‘too old’ by the industry, actress and comic Mariann Aalda reclaims the career she loves and empowers women of all ages to snap out of society’s trance.”


Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo is an American film actress, stand-up comedian, liberal political activist, and writer. Garofalo began her career as a stand-up comedian and became a cast member on the Ben Stiller Show, The Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live, then appeared in more than 50 movies, with leading or major roles in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, The Matchmaker, Reality Bites, Steal This Movie!, Clay Pigeons, Sweethearts, Mystery Men, and The Independent, among numerous others. She stars with Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd in a 2015 Netflix eight-episode prequel to Wet Hot American Summer featuring most of the cast playing their original roles from the 2001 movie.

Garofalo is an outspoken progressive activist. From March 2004 to July 2006, she hosted Air America Radio’s The Majority Report with Sam Seder.

Marina Franklin

“Really funny… A really fresh eye…”
—– Jay Leno
“I agree with Jay Leno.”
—– Gail Stocker

New York-based Marina Franklin is emerging as one of the hottest comedians in the comedy scene today, with notable appearances on FX’s Louie, Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show and Showtime’s Women Who Kill. Marina previously appeared as a correspondent on The Jay Leno Show, and on Awkward Comedy Show, Chapelle’s Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season II, VH1’s Black to the Future, Fusion TV Live, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, MSNBC, Showtime at The Apollo, and John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show. Marina was also one of a handful of comics selected by Wanda Sykes and The OWN Network for Oprah’s Herlarious special and has recurred on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer.

Marina is a favorite in comedy festivals across the world, such as the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Scotland’s Glasgow Comedy Festival, BBC’s World Stand’s Up, Rotterdam’s Comedy Factory, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Ireland’s Kilkenny Comedy Festival, and Nashville’s Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Franklin’s career in entertainment wasn’t always in stand-up comedy; originally from Chicago, she made her acting debut at the Illinois Rep Theatre. She then quickly realized her love for acting and went on to pursue a MFA in acting at Syracuse University. On the film side, Marina will next be seen in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck coming to theaters in July 2015.

Marina recently appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and currently hosts the successful FriendsLikeUs podcast which is in negotiations with a major network.

Marina is viciously likeable, if there is such a thing.

Erin Foley

Erin Foley is a comedic actress, comedian, and writer and a regular cast member on TruTV’s How To Be A Grown Up. She just finished writing for the new NBC sitcom, ONE BIG HAPPY, which debuts in the spring of 2015.

As a seasoned comedian, she has her own Comedy Central Presents, as well as having been on Conan O’Brien, @ Midnight, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Lately, Arsenio Hall and Last Call With Carson Daly. She has performed five times at the Montreal Comedy Festival, the San Francisco Sketch Fest, the Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin and the Limestone Comedy Festival in Bloomington.

Foley’s successful comedic podcast Sports Without Balls was recently added to the All Things Comedy network, receiving critical acclaim. Additionally, Erin has starred in many national commercial campaigns, a guest star appearance in NBC’s Go On, the acclaimed Tribeca Film Fest short Cried Suicide, and even a supporting role in Almost Famous. Erin has branded a unique position for herself in the industry as not only a gifted stand-up but a talented actress. Her versatility makes her one of the most sought- after women working the comedy scene today.

Kathy Griffin

Emmy Award-winning comedian, best-selling author, reality star and actress Kathy Griffin has yet to meet a celebrity that she won’t mock in the name of humor. She’s got a gift for making fun of her own life too, all the way back to her birth on November 4, 1960, in the Chicago burbs. This famous funny lady is also a highly recognized for LGBT community advocate.