The 2nd Annual Westchester Comedy Festival Kicks Off April 18

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The 2nd Annual 2015 Westchester Comedy Festival, presented by LWL Entertainment, will kick off April 18 at the Doles Community Center, located at 250 South 6th Avenue in Mount Vernon. The Westchester Comedy Festival features four nights of comedy, along with a Comedy Competition.

“Mount Vernon is pleased to be the host community of the Westchester Comedy Festival, the kickoff competition and the show,” said Mayor Ernest D. Davis. “We know laughter is good for the soul. This competition will be good not only for the city, but for the entire county.”

The first round of the Comedy Competition will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a show at 8:00 p.m. Comedic performers for the evening will be actor Freddie Ricks (Shaft and Baby Boy), Chloe Hilliard, winner of Last Comic Standing, and surprise guest host Phyllis Yvonne Stickney. Ms. Stickney appeared in movies such as Jungle FeverHow Stella Got Her Groove Back and Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey.

“We are pleased with the fact that we can help many businesses and non-profit organizations while providing good entertainment for the folks in Westchester. No need to get in your cars and travel to the city. Our headliners are some of the most talented artists in the world. The Festival in 2014 was met with great success and, with the support of Westchester, the success will be even greater,” says Lauren P. Raysor, LWL Entertainment. “I am proud that all of Westchester is working together to create a successful event.”

The Comedy Festival continues on April 22 at the Yonkers Brewing Company, located at 92 Main Street in Yonkers. The second round of the competition will start at 6:00 p.m., with the show starting at 8:00 p.m. Headlining the show will be Rob Stapleton (Def Comedy JamComic View, Comedy Central), with performances by Sara Contreras (Latin Diva) and featured comic Kevin Magee, the 2014 Westchester Comedy Festival Winner.

On April 23, Rhina Valentin (“La Reina”) — who has performed at the Apollo Theatre, The Nuyorican Poets Café and the Los Angeles Comedy Store — will headline, with performer Rhonda Hansome, who has performed on Saturday Night Live,Showtime at the Apollo and the Joan Rivers Show, at Elements at 161 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains at 8:00 p.m. Adam Oliensis of the LoHud Comedy Festival will be the featured comic for the evening.

The final round of the Comedy Competition, hosted by Angela Cobb, will take place April 26 starting at 6:00 p.m. at Alvin and Friends, 14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle. At the end of the competition, the winner will be crowned the funniest comedian/comedienne in Westchester. WCF will be celebrating “Women in Comedy” at the 8:00 pm show. Headlining will be actress/producer/comedienne Rain Pryor, who has appeared at comedy venues such as Caroline’s in New York City and is the host of Rise and Shine on ARISE TV. This will be followed by a performance from Trena B Real. The featured artist for the evening will be Regina DeCicco, runner-up of the 2014 Westchester Comedy Festival.

The Westchester Comedy Festival is thankful for the support from Westchester County Tourism; the Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement Districts; Cocoa Girls Productions; LWL Entertainment; The cities of Mount Vernon, Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle; DPVN; CSong, Inc.; LoHud Comedy; Yonkers Brewing Co.; Elements of White Plains; and Alvin and Friends of New Rochelle.

Tickets are $26, with part of the proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets online or for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.westchestercomedyny.com. For more information, call (914) 338-9397.