If you asked Katie-Ellen Humphries and Robyn Daye Edwards why they and three fellow female comics created the Lady Show, they'd tell you that it came from a natural urge to "do more funny things together"—no hidden agendas, no desire to "carve out a space for themselves"—just a way to do hilarious things and make people laugh.
"It wasn't so much a deliberate effort to make a show or make a space for women," says Humphries, who's opened for Bruce McCulloch and entertained audiences at both the Bumbershoot Festival and the Vancouver International Comedy Festival. "There's plenty of spaces for women in comedy right now; it's a super exciting time."
Humphries and Edwards are two fifths of troupe behind the once-a-month variety show, which features everything from sketch comedy, improv, stand-up, awkward dance numbers, and creative costumes. What makes a costume creative, you ask? In a recent show, comedian Fatima Dhowre dressed up as a dancing Christmas tree vulva. (Watch the video below to see a clip). Rounding out the group are comedians Morgan Brayton and Erica Sigurdson. The performance usually features a special guest too, which changes every month.
"We get to have two hours of incredible fun together, in a room full of people laughing and having a great time," says Edwards, a comedian and actor who plays an FBI agent in FOX's new T.V. show, Second Chance. "We talk about pretty much everything, in a good, healthy, fun way, that is close to us, which we think is what the audience connects to. We all bring something different to the stage."
The Straight sat down with Humphries and Edwards last week to chat about a few things, including their upcoming JFL Northwest show, what they like to talk about on stage, and who their dream guests would be.
When asked if they'd be bringing anything new to the table on February 19, both Humphries and Edwards said they would rather not mess with a formula that has proved to work so well for them. It's only been four months since they first hit the stage, but they’ve already found that on a number of occasions, staff at the gallery have been forced to turn people away at the door.
"I think we're going to try and treat it like every other show, just because we do have such a following," says Edwards. "Maybe a bit more outrageous, but in a good, funny, healthy way." Check out the video below for more.
The Lady Show hits the stage at Little Mountain Gallery as part of JFL Northwest on February 19 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., with guest Sophie Buddle. Note that their monthly shows usually occur on the second Friday of every month. This month's show is an exception.