Comedy has always been a passion of mine. The art of humor is a craft that cannot be taught. It is a natural in those who have been gifted the talent. Picture this 2016 I am working in the DC comedy scene interviewing and photographing comedians. I see there are not as many women behind the scenes. I see amazing female comics but not many producers other than Hope Flood who founded the Comics Rock Convention and the OG herself Tina Graham. I had an epiphany… DC has a festival, Baltimore has a festival….But Northern Virginia does not have a festival.
So I logged in and created the Greater Northern Virginia Comedy and Film Festival. GNOVA Promo Video
This road was not an easy one – support was hard to come by. So many times I wanted to quit and just not go on.
I did not give up. I worked harder. I am a team of one. I have had so many naysayers question why I was doing this and all I could do was laugh.
Now I have 5 locations and 28 amazing comics who will rock the stage from August 21 – 25.
Hosting the kick off night for the inaugural Greater Northern Virginia Comedy and Film Festival on August 21, 2019 is Kalypso’s Sports Tavern located at 1617 Washington Plaza North in Reston, VA. August 22, 2019 – Alley Cat Restaurant and Sports Bar located at 2 South Whiting Street Alexandria, VA. August 23, 2019 – Summers Grill and Sports Bar located at 1520 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, Virginia. August 24, 2019 – Highmark Brewery located at 390 Kings Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA (Stafford County) so Grab a brew and partake of the BBQ of Bear Bones BBQ.The finale event will be held on Sunday August 25 in Fredericksburg, VA at the Fredericksburg Comedy Zone located at 1917 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, VA.
This journey has taught me to look at who is supporting me and to never give up.