BTF Philly: The Bechdel Test Fest Closing Night – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – March 9th, 2019

BTF Philly: The Bechdel Test Fest Closing Night

BTF Philly: The Bechdel Test Fest Closing Night

Sat · March 9, 2019

6:30 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

BTF Philly: The Bechdel Test Fest Closing Night
BTF Philly: The Bechdel Test Fest Closing Night
BTF Philly is a comedy festival created in 2016 out of a frustration that stages in Philadelphia were still predominantly white, cis, straight and male. We decided to create a place to celebrate the talented and hilarious women (both cis and trans) and non-binary comedians who make up a significant part of the local comedy scene. We originally called the festival The Bechdel Test Fest, an homage to Alison Bechdel’s famous comic in Dykes to Watch Out For that coined the phrase “bechdel test” in pop culture.

As the festival enters its fourth year, we realized the specifics of the bechdel test–“women talking to each other about something other than a man”–is pretty limiting when you consider all identities that can be marginalized. BUT the core of the idea is still important to us: Changing the Conversation. It’s found in the “talking about anything other than a man” part.

Even when those of us with marginalized identities are on stage, we still sometimes cater our comedy toward the white-cis-straight-male gaze, sometimes literally for our own safety, and sometimes because society has taught us that our experiences aren’t “broad” enough to be relatable. BTF Philly is a place where you can come do your kind of comedy. We are a safe space for the set of your dreams: we’ve had everything from coat hanger jokes to a tight five about bottom surgery. Come have the conversation you want to have. We exist to prove that the world wants to hear your voice.

We started at Christ Church neighborhood house in 2016, and this year we’re closing out the fest at World Cafe Live! The 2019 festival will be chock full of improv, sketch, standup, variety, clowning, burlesque, and anything under the sun that our amazing performers come up with.

BLOCK ONE (6:30-8:30PM)
Kathryn & Sarah
Juliet Hope Wayne
Kelli Dunham
TaTa Sherise
Elizabeth Norman
Mariel Farhi
Lauren Faber
Nicole Phoenix
Headliner: Timaree Schmidt

BLOCK TWO (9:00-10:30PM)
Eat Your Beats
Emily Epstein White
Audrie Marsh
Sarah Bell
Tan Hoang
Alyssa Al-Dookhi
Headliner: Chanel Ali (Netflix, MTV)
Alyssa Truskowski
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104