"Great girls' night out!"
"I haven't laughed so hard in years!"
"I'm coming back next month!"
Event Name: Girl on Girl Comedy
"Female comics ARE funny!"
Review posted by: Carolyn from Nashville, Feb 2011
I was quite impressed how funny the show was. I've never seen the place so packed. It was standing room only. My only complaint is I wish I would have gotten there earlier to get a better seat. I met my friends for drinks and we all agreed we'd be back. Great show!
Event Name: Girl on Girl Comedy
Review posted by: Valerie B. from Nashville, TN, Feb 2011
I went to the show last month. I think it was the first one. I had a ball. My friends and I got there early and had dinner at Mad Donna's. The food was amazing. I'm glad we did get there early because it was packed. People were standing. I highly recommend it, but would suggest getting there early. It was so funny. A really great show! Collapse
By Christopher Michaels
With a name like “Girl on Girl Comedy”, one’s mind soars into deviant territories. Will this be a show filled with depraved nymphomaniacs? One could only hope so. Then, I saw a couple of guys’ pictures included on the flyer, and thought to myself “what the…?” But my curiosity was peaked from the title alone, so I was in.
The event was in East Nashville, the new artistic hub of Nashville. East Nashville, also known as the Five Points area, is growing with an abundance of hipsters and artistic-types and has become the place to see and be seen in Nashville. With bars and restaurants like 3 Crow, Beyond the Edge, and Battered and Fried, there is a little something for everybody. This area has grown exponentially in the last few years and is a buzz with activity most nights of the week. Several “entertainment” venues have opened their doors and embraced a variety of local talent. The Building and Post Depression Theater have hosted improv and sketch comedy. Lipstick Lounge and the 5 Spot are musical havens. Mad Donna’s is known for its Salsa Nights, Drag Bingo, and now Girl on Girl Comedy.
I had attended the first Girl on Girl show in January. I had arrived fashionably late with the knowledge that most comedy shows start at least a half an hour later than the posted time, and I was wrong. The place was packed! By the time I got settled with drink in hand, it was standing room only. After striking a conversation with lady sitting at the bar next to where I was standing, she revealed to me that when she arrived at 7:30pm, the front tables were already completely filled. How is this possible? I’ve been to several comedy shows, and rarely are the crowds much bigger than 50-60 people. This audience was well over one hundred in number.
The crowd was a motley crew of all types of backgrounds, personalities, styles, sexual orientations, and age ranges. I don’t know the last time I have witnessed such a vast variety of people in one room all laughing in unison with such a unique sense of togetherness. It was quite refreshing.
It was clear that Mad Donna’s was not prepared for the crowd because they were grossly understaffed. The bartenders were hustling non-stop to fill orders and hungry and thirsty patrons held up their money in efforts to flag a bustling barmaid’s attention. After a while, the heat from the bodies almost became unbearable. One of the wait staff found mercy on our pleas by opening a few windows to let the frigid January air seep in to cool us off.
This was not the case for the March show as Mad Donna’s was better prepared, and Girl on Girl had been divided into two show times which allowed for a more comfortable audience experience. I will say that there was much more high energy with the previous packed-to-capacity show, but I didn’t have to worry about my deodorant wearing off during this show.
I have to admit, when I heard it was an all-female lineup, I was apprehensive. When I think “female comic”, I think period jokes and man-bashing. I was pleasantly surprised with the material content and talent of the comedians. Each comic had distinct personalities and points-of-view, which is lacking in the typical, male dominated comedy show. These girls could definitely give the boys’ club a run for their money. “My sides hurt [from laughing]”, said the lady sitting next to me as she wiped the tears from her eyes. “I haven’t laughed this hard in years!”
In January, the host of the night was Peter Depp, the “dude” from the poster I had seen. He has an almost over-the-top persona that worked exceptionally well with this particular audience. The crowd was a motley crew of all types of backgrounds, personalities, styles, sexual orientations, and age ranges. I don’t know the last time I have witnessed such a vast variety of people in one room all laughing in unison with such a unique sense of togetherness. It was quite refreshing. Peter added an inimitable flare, but his presence was limited due to the insufficient sound system. The only speakers were in the front of the room, so that, coupled with the muffled roar of chitter-chatter in the back of the room, he and Holly could be difficult to hear.
Leslie Nash was next to grace the stage. She has a soothing, laid-back style that is comforting to listen to with her storytelling manner. This was my first time seeing Jessica Carter perform. Jessica has an easy, conversational delivery and a smile that is welcoming and blithe. Jessica is a performer that I am sure we’ll be hearing a lot from in the future. Both have extreme likability which is only matched by their bawdy and brash repertoire. They were able to get away with things that other comedians would have failed, especially her male peers.
The level of talent varied on this particular night in March. A few of the acts were a bit rougher around the edges with an amateurish delivery and stage presence. However, there were a few diamonds in the rough. Peter Depp had an almost over-the-top persona that worked exceptionally well with this particular audience. Peter added an inimitable flare, but his presence was limited due to the insufficient sound system. The only speakers were in the front of the room, so that, coupled with the muffled roar of chitter-chatter in the back of the room, a few of the performers could be difficult to hear. Emily Fleming was a curious surprise because you don’t expect a female comic to be cute and funny. She also gets to showcase her artistic skills in her schtick which makes her act somewhat of a performance art piece.
The real treat of the night was a hot yet funny burlesque number by Miss Lolly Pop. As her song started, she pulled the cover off of a huge pink cloth and feather vagina which had been concealed on stage throughout the show. The room erupted with laughter the moment the vagina was revealed! The burlesque was tasteful and funny as hell.
The headliner of the evening was Christy Eidson, the show organizer, our Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, and a strong comedian in her own right. There was no tête-à-tête once Christy took the microphone as she commanded the stage. All room conversation came to an abrupt stop with the audience hanging on her every word. Christy dominated the stage with her high-energy and in-your-face persona. Her comedic style was that of a female Sam Kinison. This felt like a rock show more than a comedy show!
After speaking with the Christy Eidson after the show, I discovered that all the performers are either female or GLBT. The audience was comprised of approximately 75% female, which tends to be a grossly underserviced market. There were couples in attendance as well as girls’ night outings, and they were all spending money. A large percentage of patrons had arrived prior to the show for dinner, and several stayed long after the show was over for some post-show drinks. This was a truly fun event all the way around. During the duration of the show, the host was periodically doing giveaways with prizes from local businesses. You gotta love free stuff!
Girl on Girl Comedy was a fun event and surpassed my expectations. This event will be recurring every month at Mad Donna’s. I highly recommend checking it out.