Comedy show celebrates Women’s History Month at Borough Hall, by Brian Abate

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso celebrated Women’s History Month with a comedy show called Laughter is Medicine at Borough Hall on March 24.

Reynoso awarded a citation to Carine Jocelyn, executive director of Diaspora Community Services (formerly known as the Haitian Women’s Program) after more than 25 years of work in social services. Additionally, Jocelyn established a community health center in Port-au-Prince in 2007. Reynoso also awarded a citation to Lorena Kourousias, executive director of Mixteca Organization, run by immigrant women.

One of Reynoso’s goals for his term as borough president is to make Brooklyn the safest place for black women to have babies.

“Black women die nine times more than their white counterparts during childbirth and that’s unacceptable,” Reynoso said. “I want to make Brooklyn the safest place in the world for black women to have babies.”

Reynoso went on to say, “I am also incredibly proud to say that Brooklyn Borough Hall’s current staff is over 50% female. It was a pleasure to celebrate my first Women’s History Month in this new role by sharing time with the real people who make up the best place in the world – Brooklyn.

The show featured stand-up comedy from three actresses who are all members of the Brooklyn Comedy Collective: Chanel Ali (@chanelali on Instagram,) Dee Luu (@iamdeeluu on Instagram) and Meaghan Strickland (@stricklygram on Instagram.)

“We just reopened after COVID and it’s exciting to be here at Borough Hall,” said Philip Markle, Artistic Director of BCC (Brooklyn Comedy Collective.) “At BCC we do shows and classes and c It’s a place to do weird and fun things. art in Brooklyn.

I also had the opportunity to talk to all the actors. “I’ve been in New York since 2017 and been doing comedy since 2018,” Luu said. “I recently created a virtual set called Trans Moses about my experience as a recently released trans person, but I do comedy everywhere and I’m really excited to be here.”

“I always knew I was an actress when I was little, but it took me about 20 years to do open mic,” Ali said. “I kept opening mics in Philadelphia until I started booking freelance shows and then clubs heard about me and invited me to come and the rest is history.”

“I started doing improv in Chicago, then I started doing stand-up and I’m thrilled to be here now,” Strickland said.

I can’t do justice to their stand-up here, but they did a great job and the crowd loved them. I also asked for their advice for young actors.

“The only thing that makes you good at comedy is doing comedy,” Ali said. “A lot of people think they can write something funny and say it once and it’ll be perfect. The reality is you have to say it a bunch of times, and mess it up a bunch of times, and fix it, and then fix it again. That’s how you get good, so if you wanna try acting, you better start.

Javier E. Swan