Ladies of Laughter
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 7:30PM
Recommended for mature audiences.
Since it was first established at a YWCA over 20 ago, Ladies of Laughter continues to be The Source for funny women through its national bi-annual competition and Funny & Fabulous Tour. Past contestants and winners include Amy Schumer, Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) and many others. Thousands of dollars have been awarded and many career changing opportunities have been provided to women in comedy. In 2018, Carol Burnett accepted the first-ever Ladies of Laughter Spirit Award for inspiring so many of the contestants who entered the 2018 Ladies of Laughter competition. This show features a trio of extremely funny people: Stephanie Blum, Caitlin Peluffo and Karen Rontowski.
The 2012 National Winner of the Ladies of Grand Finale at Madison Square Garden, Stephanie is a former psychologist from Brooklyn who couldn’t care less. Her sarcastic irreverence is what makes her universally adored by audiences at places like the Stardust in Las Vegas on Country Music Television’s Funniest Videos, HBO’s Comedy Minutes and many more. In addition to winning the Pro Division of the Ladies of Laughter Competition at Madison Square Garden, Stephanie won New York’s Funniest Teacher Contest, CBS’s Star Search and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s “Breakout Performer.” When an article about Stephanie’s Ladies of Laughter appearance in the New York Times and recognized her comedic abilities as well as her experience as a psychologist and mother, she was commissioned as a contributor to two national publications, Child Magazine and Parents Magazine. Ahmet Zappa calls Stephanie’s comedy, “Dark and perfect.” Ben Stein cheers, “Comic genius!” Freddie Roman raves, “Her material is brilliant and original…she’s spectacular!”
Originally hailing from San Francisco, CA, Caitlin Peluffo was a runner-up in the 2018 Ladies of Laughter Grand Finale in New York City. Peluffo has opened for comedians like Maria Bamford, Gilbert Gottfried, Gary Gulman, Colin Quinn, and the late Kevin Meany. She’s been featured everywhere from New York Comedy Club in the Big Apple to clubs nationwide talking about how she came to be such a lovable loose cannon. Her television appearances include: CBS “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2018, NBC Seeso’s “New York’s Funniest” in 2016, and Comcast Network “Trial By Laughter” in 2017.
Karen Rontowski’s fast-paced, quirky and charmingly optimistic comedy has been featured in clubs, TV, radio, and at corporate events all around the world. Her stand-up showcases endearing, self-effacing and intelligent characters that catch you by surprise every time. Karen uniquely blends comedy with her experience as a Paranormal Investigator, Tarot and reikimaster. She is fascinated with the “afterlife” is convinced she will someday have a near death experience because, “I never finish anything.” Karen has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Sirius Satellite Radio, Comics Unleashed, Comedy.com, Live at Gotham, Comedy Central and Mysteries of the Unexplained. After performing and hosting at paranormal conventions all over the world she created the hilariously odd web series Paranormal Karen where she has fun reporting from haunted and obscure places everywhere. Karen’s comedy is now featured in the new line of greeting cards called “Frank and Funny” sold at Target stores everywhere and is the comedy writer for “Haunted Magazine.” She is a regular on the Bob and Tom Radio Show and is a featured performer on their CD.