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Bechdel Test Fest

Mar 3

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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 open mic afterparty in La Peg! Tickets available for each performance or the full evening.

Saturday Lineup:

Lindsey Cathcart
Kristen Scatton
Allison Mick

The Witching Hour
Real Housewives of South Philly
Angry Feminist Ukulele Songs
Song for a Proud Mama
Rubber Chickens
HEADLINER: Wisdom Teeth

Gladys Undertow: Marine Biologist Graduate Student
Birth-WRONG Part I: Zfat
Hannah McDonald
Rebekah Rickards presents South Jersey Airlines
Out Tonight with Honey Tree Evil Eye
Birth-WRONG Part II: Tel Aviv
Hannah Trav
Don’t Make Me Smile
Something Special (JULIA)
Medieval Madness

Sex Talk The Show
Cups & A Half
Nightmare Fuel
The 19th
HEADLINER: Mary Radzinski

Free Open Stage after the 10pm block at La Peg

“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. See the full weekend line up at and and purchase tickets to the Friday and Sunday performances!

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

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