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Wahine Comedy Festival coming to Trees Lounge

Funny ladies will be at Trees Lounge tonight and Saturday.

Promoter Erika Swartzkopf and her Female Comics of Hawaii will be performing 8 to 10 tonight and Saturday. Cover charge is $12.

“I am excited to bring our Wahine Comedy Festival back to Kauai for another year,” Swartzkopf said.

The festival will feature female comics from three different islands. Na Hoku 2017 best comedy album winner Brandi Morgan, a Navy veteran, headlines the lineup for this annual road show.

Swartzkopf said her hope is to help grow the comedy scene on Kauai, which isn’t exactly known for being a barrel of laughs.

“The thing is to bring comedy there, to inspire you all to create a scene like we have done on Oahu that last eight years,” she said. “I’m still beating the drums for Kauai people to start their scene. I’m not giving up.”

This weekend’s shows will feature at least seven female comics, including Morgan, Patrice Scott, Corky Gardner, Annalissa Conception, Pam Escalona, “Blue” and Swartzkopf.

She promises a side-splitting show from the comedians ranging in age from their 20s to 60s.

“All the people in the show are very diverse. They come from very different backgrounds,” Swartzkopf said.

Comedians, she said, tend to make a lot of jokes about themselves. While it’s not what she called a “completely clean” show, there won’t be jokes at the expense of genders or race.

“I would not allow that in my show,” Swartzkopf said.

Good comedy finds that middle ground.

“It has to have an edge to it to be really good.”

She has hopes there are comedians on Kauai trying to break into the field who might see the Wahine Comedy Festival and be inspired to give it a go.

She expects these two shows to sell out.

“It’s so much fun. There’s no better crowds than Kauai crowds,” she said.

“I’m not just saying that. That’s why I keep coming back there.”

One of the things Swartzkopf loves about comedy is, in a sense, it opens lines of communication.

She likes how genuine comedians can be — how they put themselves out there.

“I like how sometimes you can talk about things that other people can’t. I like how true it is,” she said.

The best part, though, is when a comedian gets hundreds of people laughing at the same time.

“That’s powerful,” Swartzkopf said. “Super powerful.”
Source: The Garden Island

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