National Council of Jewish Women New York presents:
NEW YORK’S FUNNIEST FEMALES
A Virtual Fundraiser for NCJW NY Programs
Because who doesn’t need a laugh at the end of 2020?
Thursday, December 17th at 8 pm via Zoom
RSVP by December 16th
Tickets start at $36.
Hosted by Nikki MacCallum
Featuring Lana Siebel, Lauren Festa, Sally Ann Hall, Katie Morrissey, Rachel Lenihan, Michelle Slonim and Ben Rosenfeld, and Lizzie Fineman.
All proceeds will benefit NCJW NY’s Community Programs. Our most marginalized populations—the elderly, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families with children, the homeless, and others—have been hit harder than most by the pandemic, and they need our support now more than ever.
All of our programs provide quality, low-cost or free assistance for individuals in our community, covering a wide range of basic needs, including food insecurity, aging and isolation, and literacy and school-readiness for children. Each year we serve 35,000 New Yorkers from all walks of life regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, or citizenship status.
Please note: the material in this event will contain some adult content.
- $36 helps provide one family with a three-day supply of groceries from the Food Pantry.
- $72 provides art supplies for eight seniors in our Council Lifetime Learning classes.
- $125 can cover the transportation costs for one volunteer Advocate to lobby for a day in Albany.
- $180 outfits one child at the Back 2 School Store, providing a brand new outfit, new shoes, a warm winter coat, and a backpack filled with school supplies and a reference book.
- $250 provides fresh fruit & vegetables for 40 families at the Food Pantry.
- $500 provides fresh dairy products from local NY State Farms for 300 people at the Food Pantry.
- $750 can subsidize the cost of a support group for ten grieving parents in our Pregnancy Loss Support Program.
- $1,000 purchases 150 books for the Children’s Literacy Program.
- $1,200 keeps the Community Kitchen running for one day.
About Nikki MacCallum
Nikki MacCallum is a New York City based standup comedian, author, and actress. She’s appeared at Caroline’s on Broadway, Birdland, Lincoln Center, and has been featured on VH1. Her memoir, DRY RUN was released in 2019 and highlighted on CBS.
Lana is an actress, ballroom dancer, and stand-up comedian. Pre-pandemic, she performed regularly at Laughing Buddha Mic, Karma Lounge, Klimat, The Greenwich Village Comedy Club, and more. She recently performed at the Connecticut Comedy Festival.
Lauren Festa is a New York City-based writer and comedian. She performs regularly throughout the tri-state area and has appeared at Gotham Comedy Club, The Comic Strip Live, and Broadway Comedy. Her original work and videos have been featured on HuffPost, US Weekly, and Buzzfeed, and you can follow her @lfest (she’s the lady, not the festival).
Sally Ann Hall
Sally Ann goes by Sally Ann, and is an award-winning writer/comic based in New York, who is having her assistant write this part. Having spent a decade in Alaska (what?), a decade in Idaho (where?), and another decade in New York where she majored in women and gender studies (why?), Sally Ann has a strong feminist voice that is as personal as it is goofy. She headlined Caroline’s on Broadway as part of their Breakout Artist Series in 2019, and it was lit.
Katie Morrissey is an animated comedian with a knack for delivering the unexpected. Katie has appeared at the 6th Borough Comedy Festival and produces an on-going show at the People’s Improv Theater in NYC. Most recently, Katie has been a writer for Netflix’s Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine. Katie was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, affectionately known as the mistake on the lake. Being a mistake herself, she learned from an early age how to laugh at herself. Katie engages audiences with her openness and an attitude that continues to make her mother uncomfortable.
Rachel Lenihan is a stand-up comedian, writer, and artist based in New York City. She was a finalist in several comedy festivals such as The Laughing Devil Cup, She Devil Cup, Ladies of Laughter, and the Stress Factory’s March Madness. Her comedy has been described by humor columnist Sean J Patrick Carney as being “tight, devastatingly awkward, and reminiscent of great one-liner comics like Steven Wright, but with a millennial twist.” She also held the position of Writer’s Assistant for the latest season of The Chris Gethard Show on Tru Tv. Instagram: @rachellenihancomedy
Michelle Slonim and Ben Rosenfeld (Comedy Duo)
Ben Rosenfeld is a quirky immigrant whose comedy is best described as “playfully dark, seriously smart.” Ben’s appeared on FOX’s Laughs, Travel Channel’s Mysteries At The Museum, CBS This Morning, Nat Geo’s Brain Games, Netflix’s Brainchild, NPR’s Weekend Edition, SiriusXM Radio, The New York Post and been featured as TimeOut New York’s Joke of the Week. Ben has four comedy albums streaming on Apple Music & Spotify, and his latest video special is available on Amazon Prime.
Michelle Slonim has been acting and performing comedy from childhood. As she once put it, “I’ve been playing a ‘whacky Jewish mother’ since I was 12.” Michelle has appeared in a sketch on Late Night with Seth Meyers, web shows for Comedy Central and HBO, SiriusXM Radio, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Post.
Ben and Michelle differ in many ways. He hails from Russia, she from Manhattan. Michelle likes people; Ben prefers solitude. But they both enjoy lentil soup. They recently co-authored New Parent Smell, an illustrated book of Funny Thoughts On Pregnancy, Newborns & Tots, based on their experiences as stand up comedians turned parents.
Hailing from Boston, MA, Lizzie Fineman is a 25-year old corporate communications consultant who is usually based in New York City. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. Lizzie started stand-up comedy in August 2019 and has performed at Dangerfield’s and The PIT (before quarantine temporarily derailed her live performance career).