Donald Trump is president-elect, but the third annual Funny Women Festival is harnessing the power of 600-plus female comedians to prove the joke's on misogyny. Organized by Lauren Frost and Erin Miller Williams of sketch group Cake Batter, the four-day festival stages stand-up, improv, sketches, musical comedy, storytelling, film and video screenings by both emerging and veteran performers — some with names like The Boobé Sisters, The Pippa Middletons and Size Matters — as well as industry panels meant not just for up-and-coming comedians but for all female artists. Past performers have included Mary Lynn Rajskub, Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Office's Angela Kinsey and Kate Flannery, Grey's Anatomy's Kate Walsh and Frangela. Following last year's event at iO West, this year's shows will take over a good chunk of Highland Park at venues including the Hi Hat, Sonny's Hideaway and Highland Theater. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Downtown Women's Center, a nonprofit that provides services to homeless women.
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