I.O. West, Cake Batter, Women in comedy

The all-­female comedy festival will once again be held at iO West in Hollywood, Wednesday, December 2 through Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Attendees will be treated to celebrity panel discussions, Q&A’s from the industry’s leading female professionals, and of course, comedy shows in all forms.

The renowned iO West theater will host the festival on all 3 stages during the 4­day run. The festival will include approximately 120 shows, showcase more than 300 performers from around the country, and offerworkshops, panels, and special events led by industry professionals.

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Created by sketch comedy group, Cake Batter, comprised of Lauren Frost, Angela Rysk, and Erin Miller Williams, Funny Women Festival, or FWF, was created to celebrate women in comedy and to promote community and opportunity for females in the industry.  FWF was also supported by some of comedy’s biggest names including WifeyTV, Funny or Die, and Buzzfeed.

“Our goal is to provide a setting for women in comedy to not only perform, but to get to know each other and inspire each other through their work.” says co­-producer Lauren Frost.

“Yea, it’s pretty simple.” continues Erin Miller Williams “There’s a lot of talented women in this city and we want to throw a big old party to celebrate them.”

James Grace, general manager at iO West adds, “We are proud to support the surge of women in comedy and provide the stage to showcase women that will frame the new face of this art form.”

A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Funny Women Festival’s beneficiary, the Downtown Women’s Center located in Los Angeles.

For more information and to apply, visit http://ioimprov.com/west/festivals/funny­women­festival/

Applications will be accepted through October 9th.

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ABOUT CAKE BATTER Cake Batter is Lauren Frost, Angela Rysk, and Erin Miller Williams; three women hailing from three different parts of the country who found each other in Los Angeles and liked each other so much they formed a sketch group. Creators of Funny Women Festival and graduates of Second City Hollywood and Upright Citizens Brigade, the girls are figuring out adulthood through comedy. While their peers are getting married and having babies, they’re performing shows at the Comedy Central Stage, iO West and UCB… because who needs a mortgage when you have an award winning sketch show? Cake Batter was featured at the Chicago Sketch Festival (2015 & 2014), finalists in the LA Scripted Comedy Festival (2014), named Best Scripted Show at the Del Close Awards (2013), and Sketch Cage Match Champions at the LA Improv Festival (2013). ABOUT IO WEST IO (formerly Improv Olympic) is a world famous long­form Improv­comedy theater with branches in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Celebrities such as Tina Fey, Chris Farley, Eric Stonestreet, and Amy Poehler have studied and performed here. The iO West Theater has been, and continues to be, the home for some of the most popular comedic shows in Los Angeles for over almost two decades and offers a full training center for improv and writing classes. iO West features a full bar, nightly shows and year round classes.