Joanna Briley

Photo of standup comic Joanna Briley on stage.

Joanna M. Briley is a NYC-based comedian, actor, writer and the founder/creator of the Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest. Fueled by the lack of representation at national comedy festivals and local showcases within the NYC comedy scene, Joanna decided it was time to create something that focused on centering funny Black Women. 

Click here to register see her online via Crowdcast @ ThinkingFunny23, April 1, 2023, 8:30 am to 6 pm Pacific Time, with a 6:30-8 pm afterparty on Zoom.

With her one woman show “Swipe This: My Life in Transit!” Joanna also merged her comedy life with the 32 years as a New York City Transit Authority Token Booth Clerk into a hit stage performance. 

If that wasn’t enough, as a former comedy club manager at the Brooklyn House of Comedy, Joanna catapulted the venue into becoming one of the premier comedy venues in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn by creating diverse showcases, mentoring young comedians, and offering creative tips and techniques to enhance each comics growth. 

With appearances on Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,”Lifetime TV informercials, Advisory Board member for the Stand Up Girls! NYC organization, Gold Comedy Advisory Board and recently added to the Ladies of Comedy Association Talent Board, Joanna immerses herself in creating, building, and changing the narrative between women in comedy.

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