“It’s an incredible honor to share the stage with such amazing talent. In a beautiful venue, a comradely of comics found laughter and friendship. I am proud to be a member of South Florida’s Female Comics and a part of Comic Cure,” said comedian Bear Webb after winning the title of Florida’s Funniest Female by audience vote.
On Saturday, May 14, more than 250 people attended the inaugural event held at the Flamingo Theater Bar in the Brickell neighborhood of downtown Miami. The audience was treated to 16 comediennes, 14 of which were competing for the title of Florida’s Funniest Female with their best 3-minute sets of comedy. Hosted by local comedian Regina Castañeda and headlined by Kira Soltanovich from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno the crowd could not stop laughing as one comedian after another told jokes and funny stories from a woman’s perspective.
“The show was everything we wanted it to be,” said Comic Cure Managing Director, Benjamin Leis. “We wanted to share the unique experiences from that of mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, girlfriends, and more. Doing so through live stand-up comedy allowed us to use the unifying power of laughter to engage the community in local women’s and children’s causes.”
The lead charitable partner for the event was the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, whose goal is to improve the lives of women and girls through grant making, research, advocacy and education.
“The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade was proud to partner with Comic Cure for the inaugural Florida’s Funniest Female event. All of the comedians really put on a show and had the audience laughing non-stop. It was a refreshing Miami event that truly benefited our organization. We were able to raise awareness and recruit new volunteers for our organization. Combining our cause with comedy had everyone leaving in smiles and excited about the service that we provide,” said Brenda Arce, Chair of The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade Young Professionals.
Additionally, hundreds of dollars were raised for other local partnering non-profit organizations such as the Children’s Bereavement Center, the Children’s Movement of Florida, and Girls on the Run Miami.
“When you have women driving four hours across the state to perform you know you’re building something meaningful and when you see people laughing so hard they have tears streaming down their face you know it was worth it. There are so many people to thank for making it all possible and we can’t wait to do it again next year,” said Leis.