News: Cinder Block Comedy Festival

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Do you think you’re funny? Have your friends and family told you that you should do comedy? Here’s your chance. The Cinder Block Comedy Festival is taking early bird submissions for their second annual festival.
“When this Williamsburg-based festival was announced earlier this year, it made headlines for charging female, minority and gay performers less to apply for the festival in an effort to diversify their lineup — with great success.”  – The New York Times
“In a move to diversify the world of comedy, this festival initially only accepted submissions from women and LGBTQ and non-white applicants. The result is four days of over 150 talented performers doing sketch, improv, musical comedy, and stand-up spanning all subject matter and perspectives.” – New York Magazine
New York, NY – Last year, the first inaugural Cinder Block Comedy Festival made headlines with a controversial decision to use “wage gap” pricing for their performer submissions. Once again, submissions are available to people of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities at a discount rate of $19.25. The discount also applies to everyone who submitted an application in 2016. Early bird registration will run through March 8th, 2017:
The 2017 Cinder Block Comedy Festival will take place from September 7th to September 10th in Brooklyn, New York. Festival organizers are releasing a series of ads featuring derogatory comments from Breitbart commenters, and include such gems as:
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Founded by Coree Spencer in 2016, the Cinder Block Comedy Festival was created in response to a lack of diversity in comedy festival lineups, and the 2016 festival was a massive success. Cinder Block 2016 featured a variety of top performers such as Laurie Kilmartin, TV’s Frank Conniff, Marga Gomez, Josh Gondelman, and many more. Full 2016 lineup:
Cinder Block also presents a monthly show at Q.E.D. in Astoria called Tina Fey Will Be Here* (*Tina Fey Will Not Be Here) and the next date is February 18th at 9:30pm, featuring Laurie Kilmartin, Joel Kim Booster, and more. Proceeds will go to Swipe It Forward and cash donations/Metrocards will be accepted at the show.


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