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Bechdel Test Fest


140 N. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
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The Bechdel Test Fest, a comedy festival celebrating Philadelphia’s women and trans comedians, is returning for the third year in a row in a big way. The Bechdel Test Fest is excited to announce its expansion to a three-day festival taking place at three different venues across the city, including its debut at FringeArts for the Saturday night performances, to highlight Philadelphia’s funniest women and trans comedians. Last year’s festival included over 130 performers across 60 acts within improv, stand-up, clowning, sketch, and more including comedy mainstays such as The N Crowd, ManiPedi, and Alyssa Al-Dookhi.

Join us at FringeArts on Saturday, March 3rd for a night of sketch comedy from 7-11pm and the afterparty in La Peg! Tickets available for each performance or the full evening.

This year, Bechdel Test Fest is accepting applications to be a part of the lineup until Jan 6th, and the final lineup will be announced Jan 16th! Click here if you’re interested in applying!

“Women are a tremendous force within Philadelphia’s comedy community. This year, it is more important than ever to make that statement even bigger and more impactful,” shares co-organizer Beth Eisenberg. “This is an experience not to be missed.”

The 2018 Bechdel Test Fest will kick off on Friday, March 2nd. Keep your eye on and for information on ticket and venue info, lineup and more!

The Bechdel Test Fest grew out of Philadelphia’s female online comedy community, Improvaries, and received its name from Dykes to Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel’s iconic comic. This comic is the basis for the famous “Bechdel Test” which asks whether a work of fiction shows at least two women talking about something other than a man. Fewer than 25% of stages showcase women and trans comedians, so The Bechdel Test Fest aims to give a louder voice to this community.

$25 Full Evening Pass
$10 tickets to each performance at 7pm, 8:30pm, and 10pm
Free RSVP to Open Mic at 11pm