Q: How many radical feminists does it take to change a lightbulb? A: THATS NOT FUNNY! Tasteless or not, the riddle illustrates one way to get laughs from a serious subject: Be brutally honest and spare no one. The members of PianoFight Productions female-driven variety show Monday Night ForePlays have taken this to heart. In their promo video, they try to persuade a male theater manager (whos shirtless, wearing a crown, and drinking beer from a can) that they can write, produce, and act in a comedy show. He laughs at the idea that girls could do this, and then condescendingly asks whether one of them can bring him dinner a chicken pot pie, perhaps. But before you can say tired stereotype, one of the women raises her hand and gleefully exclaims I can! only to be hushed by a colleague who continues making her very serious pitch about women in comedy. Producer Kate Jones says the troupes new fall show, The Autumn LaughtHER Factor, is full of self-deprecation rather than preachy feminism (not that theres anything wrong with that). It will include eight new sketches as well as music, dance numbers, and stand-up. The crew also plans to bring on guest comedians including Ali Wong (who was named Best Comedian of 2009 by this very publication). Together they make Monday a little less serious.
Mondays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 20. Continues through Oct. 25, 2010