New York Comedy Festival Presents: Laurie Kilmartin

New York Comedy Festival Presents: Laurie Kilmartin

Leah Bonnema, Joyelle Nicole

Fri · November 10, 2017

10:00 pm


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Laurie Kilmartin
Laurie Kilmartin
Laurie Kilmartin spent her first 10 years as a standup in San Francisco, the second 10 in New York City and now lives in LA. She currently writes for CONAN on TBS. When home in LA, Laurie does standup about 3-4 times a week. She uses her 10 hiatus weeks each year to go back on the road. Recent headlining dates include Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis, The Punchline in San Francisco, Rooster T Feathers in Sunnyvale, The Laughing Skull in Atlanta, Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, The Comedy Underground in Seattle, and pretty much every gig in Arizona.
Leah Bonnema
Leah Bonnema
Leah Bonnema is a Stand-Up Comic based in New York City. Huffington Post named her one of their Favorite Female Comedians and College Candy listed Leah as one the Ten Funniest Female Comics. She has been featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, VH1’s 100 Greatest Series, IFC’s Comedy Drop, Above Average, Elite Daily, Arise Entertainment 360, ComedyTimeTV, Internet Action Force, Patrice O’Neal’s The Black Philip Show and is a regular on Riotcast Radio’s The Hole. Leah has had the honor of performing for the troops in Iraq, toured throughout the Middle East and performed for the US Marines at the famed Friar’s Club. Leah was a finalist in ‘New York's Funniest’ during the NY Comedy Festival and was featured on ‘The America Stands Up Showcase’ at The Magner's Glasgow Comedy Festival. She has also performed in the Women in Comedy Festival, The 360 Comedy Festival, The Maine Comedy Festival, The NY Underground Comedy Festival, The Reel Recovery Film Festival, The Charleston Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, AfroPunkFest, The Hoboken Comedy Festival and at The Piccolo Fringe. Leah has opened for comedy legends Darrell Hammond, Kevin Nealon, Paul Mooney, Sarah Silverman, Pat Cooper and Gilbert Gottfried. She headlined the Breakout Artist Series at Caroline's on Broadway, which was rated a "Top Pick" by AM NY. Leah has been a freelance comedy writer for United Stations Radio, Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice and Funny or Die’s Billy on The Street. The NY Times said Leah is “one of the city’s most consistently excellent young comics” and The Scotsman called her “A force of nature”. She hails from the mountains of rural Maine and received her degree in Honors Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies from McGill University. Leah loves animals, guacamole nachos and Gandalf.

You can see some of her clips on For her schedule and more information please click on the calendar link here, and follow on Twitter @LeahBonnema

“One To Watch” - Elite Daily

“A force of nature” - The Scotsman Newspaper

“A promising favorite” - The New York Times

“One of Funniest People You Should Know About…. Her Twitter feed is equal parts intentionally bad puns, Machiavelli references and language that would make a teamster blush tomato red” - Triple J Magazine

“Giggle Goddess” - Comediva

“It Girl….brash and bold, leaving no prisoners and issuing no apologies” - Holly Pinafore Magazine

“The Brilliant Leah Bonnema…” - Village Voice

“Leah Bonnema is the most talented comedian I've ever worked with. She is completely honest in her material and her delivery pulling directly from her everyday life and talking with the audience, making us feel at home with her and relaxed in the palm of her hand.”-Karen Sommers Theater Director and Media Arts Manager at The Art of Elysium, Los Angeles

“Leah Bonnema's stage presence is a force to be reckoned with. Her personal storytelling coupled with her rapid fire wit is unprecedented. This is one comic who truly commands your attention and dominates the stage!”

“Leah Bonnema, founder and host of Rosie the Irreverent, a comedy line-up showcasing hilarious female comics, has done yearly benefits for Pets for Life NYC, an animal surrender prevention program. Leah's benefits have allowed Pets for Life NYC to assist hundreds of animals in need. She is a great asset to Pets for Life NYC as both a volunteer with the program and as the warm and welcoming host of these wonderful comedy benefits. Leah is such a fabulous comedian! And if that is not enough, we love Leah even more because she is the proud mom of two rescued guinea pigs, Tupac and R2D2." -Jenny Olsen Pets for Life NYC Coordinator The Humane Society of the United States

“The first female comic, Leah Bonnema, kicked off her set with the recent passing of Utah's Kill The Miscarriers bill. Her least controversial bit was about telling a kid in PetCo to "Shut the fuck up!" She's only the second comic I've ever seen, after Sarah Silverman, to pull off abortion jokes and I don't know that I've seen anyone do a suicide joke and make it the perfect button to their set.”

“By far the best performance was given by the beautiful Leah Bonnema. The actress used her onstage powers to shine and is absolutely a joy to watch." -Jade Estaban Estrada, Arts and Entertainment Columnist for the Villager-New York and The Downtown Express New York
Joyelle Nicole
Joyelle Nicole
Joyelle brings joy to the stage. As an adult, she prides herself on being the nerd she was ashamed of growing up. Subsequently, her writing includes an extensive vocabulary (that had her shunned by lesser mortals as a child) combined with a worldly perspective (due to her inability to sit still).

Onstage, Joyelle talks about her life inspired by the storytelling greats. After growing up in the suburbs of NJ and being ridiculed for enrollment in both Band and Asthma Camp, she attended Boston College. Upon graduation she moved to LA and commenced a comedy pursuit which has taken her around the world.

Presently residing in Brooklyn, Joyelle is proud to have safely relocated from the housing projects of Bensonhurst where she heard gunshots all times of day to the renovated but not yet gentrified bricks of Crown Heights. Thusly, she has performed all over NY and the surrounding areas.

Honored to be a reliable opener, her comedic dream came true when she was asked by her idol, Dave Chappelle, to open for him in Little Rock and Atlanta. She's featured the most for Hannibal Buress and her largest audience to date was opening for Russell Peters at the Borgata Casino. Touring with Maria Bamford even garnered her an honorable mention in the failing New York Times and a review by The Laugh Button.

Highlights of her career include being chosen as a semi-finalist in Vancouver for NBC's Stand Up for Diversity showcase which lead to NBC flying her to LA to perform as a top 10 finalist in the competition. From performing at festivals like Sketchfest, Bonnaroo and Bumbershoot, to making her television debut on Wyatt Cenac's Night Train for SeeSo, Joyelle has a lot to look forward to with this track record. Time Out NY told everyone why they loved her. At the close of the incessant depression that was 2016 she reached comedy mecca becoming a regular at the world famous Comedy Cellar. Performing at every comic's fantasy venue spawned another article from the failing New York Times. Presently, she's on tour with Lizz Winstead's Lady Parts Justice League making her dream come true combining comedy and activism.

Joyelle's comedic trinity considers George Carlin the father, Dave Chappelle the son, and Chris Rock the Holy Ghost. Comedy is her religion, and healing people through laughter renews her faith every time she hits a stage both urban and mainstream alike.

ps. Joyelle thinks writing about herself in the third person is weird.
Venue Information:
The Stand
116 16th St.
New York, NY, 10003