Venetian Launching All-Women Comedy Showcase


Whitney Cummings knows what ladies want in a night out: “We love getting together to shit on our men and maybe get roofied.”

Fair enough.

Cummings was at the Sands Showroom to announce the launch of the Venetian’s new comedy series Lipshtick (the less said about that name the better), a 14-week, 14-comic showcase of all women—a rarity for big, mainstream rooms.

“I think for the most part I don’t love drawing attention to female comedians being different. There’s The View and shows like that that have female comedians on it. I don’t love that branding of female comedians. We’re just comedians. Let’s just stop differentiating at all. But when it comes to employing them on a regular basis and giving female audiences a consistent place to go to see comedy that speaks to them, I support that a lot.”

The first date goes to talk show host Wendy Williams, who does a one-off July 11. (“Her boobs take up most of her torso,” Cummings says.) Heather McDonald (“We call her long boobs [on Chelsea Lately]” Cummings deadpanned) and Iliza Shlesinger (“Awesome boobs.”) co-headline July 18-19.

Longtime Venetian headliner Rita Ruder returns July 25-26. Veterans Caroline Rhea (“Her boobs are more … viscous.”) and Wendy Liebman (The Late Show with David Letterman) are Aug. 1-2. Longtime Pearl headliner Lisa Lampanelli shifts over to the showroom for dates Aug. 8-9, Oct. 3-4 and Dec. 26-27.

Cummings does her turn Aug. 15-16 before coming back Nov. 28-29, The View host Joy Behar comes in Aug. 22-23 and Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman is Sept. 5-6.

The weekend to mark off on your calendar, if you’re looking to see two killer alt-comics in one shot is Sept. 12-13, when Natasha Leggero and Jen Kirkman split the bill.

“This is a stereotype, but in my experience, being a female comedian you have to be tough. It’s a tough job. You develop that if you’re not already. It’s aggressive,” Cummings says. “Natasha is kind of the opposite. She’s very dainty and fragile. Very feminine, whatever that word means these days. She’s got this ‘20s movie star vibe going. She’s very above it all. It’s really fun to watch.”

Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie) and Loni Love (who’s appearing in the Vegas-based Paul Bart: Mall Cop 2) round out the list with Sept. 19-20 and Oct. 10-11 dates.

Tickets will run $38 to $96 and go on sale today. Show times for the Friday gigs are 10 p.m., Saturdays are at 7:30 and some of the performances will have a second, 10 p.m. Saturday show.

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