Comedian Geneva Joy

Black Girl Giggles Comedian Geneva Joy On Funny Women And Diversity

Geneva Joy is a native of Philadelphia whose longtime home base of New Orleans has helped cultivate for her a successful comedy career. Two years ago, she helped found Black Girl Giggles, a festival showcasing African-American comediennes in the area during Essence Festival weekend.

“Comedy teaches, and as more of us are stepping into the spot light, I think it teaches the world to see the diversity among Black women,” Geneva says of the role of African-American women in comedy. “We still get perceived as a handful of stereotypes, but becoming familiar with various comics with a variety of personalities and lifestyles will help people move past seeing us as just a thing on to seeing and respecting the person. Or at least I hope.”

She credits a Whoopi Goldberg standup performance she saw when she was seven with inspiring her to pursue comedy, but it took her 20 years to pick up a microphone. Joan Rivers, Monique, Sheryl Underwood, Ellen, Roseanne, Carol Burnett, Moms Mabley and LaWanda Page top her list of women who have guided her career in one form or another.

Lipstick N Laughter

On Thursday, July 5, Geneva Joy will appear alongside Emmy Award-winning TV personality, film actor and comedienne Sherri Shepherd at Lipstick N Laughter, a comedy showcase also featuring Kym Whitley, David Arnold and others. Taking place at the Joy Theater, the evening’s opening segment will feature Black Girl Giggles. “I can be a bit on the raunchy side but for this show, I’m going to clean up a little bit. I have some great jokes about traveling with friends and dating that I think this crowd will like,” Geneva says. “I’m actually really geeked to meet Sherri Shepard and Kym Whitley on this show! They are powerhouses, I might completely fan girl!”

Tickets for Lipstick N Laughter are available here and range from $25 to $70.