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Ladies of Laughter

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 7:30pm

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079

The annual Ladies of Laughter competition began as a way to honor comedian Mary Jo Wobker, who helped many new female comedians break into the stand-up world.  Featuring both amateur and professional comedians, Ladies of Laughter has grown from its un-airconditioned room in the Ridgewood YMCA in 1998 to comedy clubs, Atlantic City casinos, Caesars, Madison Square Garden, and now SOPAC!

This July, the 2021 Ladies of Laughter Professional winner, and SOPAC Community Brain Trust member, Liz Glazer will host a night of hilarity and laughter on the SOPAC Mainstage featuring 2016 Ladies of Laughter Newcomer winner, Jocelyn Chia, and 2012 Ladies of Laughter winner Robin Fox.

SOPAC will host three Ladies of Laughter comedy nights throughout the 2023-24 Season.  Don’t miss the first night of all-female comedy at SOPAC!

Meet the Comedians

Liz Glazer (host)

The 2021 Ladies of Laughter Professional winner, Liz Glazer is an award-winning standup comedian, actor, and writer.  Glazer won first place in the Boston Comedy Festival and has opened for Myq Kaplan and Maria Bamford.  She was part of the Seattle International Comedy Competition and will be part of the upcoming HBO Women in Comedy Festival.  Drawing from her own life as a lesbian, a rabbi’s wife, and a former lawyer, Glazer uses her self-proclaimed “loud, unsecretive, and bold” style to connect with all those who simple want to FEEL.  Glazer is also the Comedy member of SOPAC’s Creative Community Brain Trust.

Jocelyn Chia

Chia won the 2016 Ladies of Laughter Newcomer competition.  A lawyer-turned-comedian, she has also won the Gotham Comedy Club’s Funniest Lawyer Competition and was the first runner up of the She-Devil Comedy Festival.  Also, she has been a guest comedian on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM. Originally from Singapore, and having lived much of her life in Asia, Chia brings a unique perspective to her experiences in the United States, which she draws on to entertain audiences with hilarious anecdotes and humorous observations.  With her distinct style of weaving storytelling in her comedy, Chia has won the Moth Storyslams competition twice.

Robin Fox

Winner of the 2012 Ladies of Laughter Competition, Fox has been a finalist at several other prestigious comedy contests and festivals, including Philly’s Funniest Comedian contest and Baltimore’s Funniest.  She was a runner up at The Laugh Off at Caroline’s in New York Ctiy, and she has been seen at the NJ Comedy Festival and the NY Underground Comedy Festival.  Fox often appears on XM and Sirius satellite radio and has been a guest on the Joey Reynolds Show on WOR Coast to Coast.  After spending 17 years as a full-time mom, Fox draws on her frustrations with suburban living, marriage, and raising a family throughout her comedy.


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