Six women, two bands and one microphone. A Couple of Stand-up Gals features some of the strongest comediennes in Houston. Stephanie Fisher, Lisa Freidrich, Dianna Gallagher, Abby Koening, Dusti Rhodes and Kristen Linder all join forces in the fourth installment put on by A Couple of Stand-up Guys founders Kevin Farren and Joe Bates.
The original show was dedicated to improving the Houston amateur scene, showcasing new talent in a variety show setting. The only difference with the lastest installment is that it features an all-female cast with the exception of host John Mills-McCoin.
"The best way to make people pay attention to Houston comedy is to create a scene that fosters new talent and collaborative efforts," said Rhodes.
Comedian Dusti Rhodes says there aren't a lot of comediennes in Houston, which is the reason behind Farren's decision to expand the comedy show. She told CultureMap that he wanted to showcase female talent in an effort to get more women in Houston excited to go up on stage themselves.
"The best way to make people pay attention to Houston comedy is to create a scene that fosters new talent and collaborative efforts," said Rhodes, "and I think that's what Kevin is all about."
This isn't Rhodes' first rodeo with the comedy group. She has appeared in two other A Couple of Stand-up Guys shows, but this is the first she has gotten to work with an all-women cast.
"I don't think it will be any different than the other shows, really," Rhodes tells CultureMap. "A Couple of Stand-up Guys is in no way a sausage fest, so this won't be too big of a change to the dynamic of the show."
In addition to the jokesters, A Couple of Stand-up Girls also showcases two local bands. Kelsey Lee Bland, a local singer/songwriter with a full band, will open the show and another band (which has yet to be determined) will close out. As a special treat the audience will get a naughtier sense of humor from a reading of BooTown's Grown Up Story Time by director Emily Hynds.
With all of the local female talent in this new installment, women are encouraged to get up on stage and give comedy a go.
"A Couple of Stand-up Guys is really about attracting more newcomers to the scene and showing them it's not a members-only, sausage fest where you have to be torn down before you can rise up," Rhodes said. "Comedy is hard enough as it is — getting onstage in front of a bunch of people and trying to make them laugh is scary — so the last thing anyone wants is a scene where bullies torment the new kids."
A Couple of Stand-up Gals kicks off at 9 p.m. Saturday at Walters. For more details visit the A Couple of Stand-up Guys Facebook page.