Boston Comedy Project

Presented by Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness

GNOCA Brings Boston Comedy Project to the Firehouse!

$28.00 All Seats

7:00pm Light Refreshments
7:30pm performance
Reception with comedians immediately following

From its broad cast of talent, Boston Comedy Project has assembled a fearless and fabulously funny foursome from the Boston area standup comedy scene. This distinguished selection of comedians will be serving up laughter in this cutting-edge, hip show.

In past years, this annual September event has been a sell-out sensation. The fact that it benefits the work of Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) makes it a compelling case of comedy with a commendable cause. GNOCA seeks nothing less than to make ovarian cancer, a notoriously insidious and deadly disease, a thing of the past.


Boston Comedy Project (BCP) was born out of a passion for supporting and promoting women in comedy and creating classy, curated and customized shows. Founder Martha Rollins is a “theater person” who took a few years off to have a few kids and then “crash-landed in Comedyville, Comedytown, Comedy… whatever.” After producing, booking, curating and hosting shows with other groups, Rollins bravely birthed her own brand. The goal of BCP is to deliver shows for both private and public audiences by presenting diverse and remarkable comedians. BCP draws from a pool of 100 comics (women and men) to fashion a special night of comedy, whether for an Israeli professional women’s organization, a university venue, an ovarian cancer awareness group, or any other conceivable worthy cause. A stand-up comic and storyteller herself, Rollins will serve as our emcee for the night.


This quirky quartet is composed of four versatile comedians — Kendra Cunningham, Emma Willmann, Jaye McBride, and Chanel Ali. Though each has developed an enthusiastic following of her own, together they pack a wallop — a full evening of wry commentary, off-kilter wit and incisive hilarity.

Kendra Cunningham, Boston-bred and Brooklyn-based, has been named a comic to watch by Time Out New York. She has been compared to Groucho Marx and Mae West by the UK’s Chortle. A regular on the New York and Boston comedy scenes, she has appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival and the Glasgow Comedy Festival; she was also a finalist at the Boston Comedy Festival for two years running. Appearing twice on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” she garnered two spots in the “top 100 jokes of the season.” Her award-winning web series, lonelygirl48 and “I’m Not Buying It,” can be viewed on YouTube and “Funny or Die.” Swagger, her original pilot, won the 2017 Rhode Island Flickers Festival and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Austin Revolutionary Film Festival. Blonde Logic, her debut album, was released in 2106 by Rooftop Comedy; in 2017, Blonde Logic, as a book of comedic essays, debuted on Kindle. Cunningham’s avowed comedy goal is to get paid to write from her bed “where she eats, sleeps and occasionally entertains.”

Emma Willmann, a Maine native and Comedy Cellar regular, debuted on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2016. She has done standup on Fuse’s “Uproarious,” Seeso’s “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac,” “The Guest List” and AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” In 2017, Willman recorded a set for the CNN series “The History of Comedy.” Later this year she will be on “Vidiots,” the MTV International Talking Head Series, as a cast regular and on the web series “Gay Girl Straight Girl,” “2 Girls One Show” and “Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter.” Her own comedy show, ”The Check Spot,” is on SiriusXM STARZ. She has appeared at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Houston’s Whatever Fest, San Francisco Sketchfest, SiriusXM South Beach Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival and Australia’s Mardi Gras Comedy Festival. Her own show at New York Comedy Festival was sold out. In addition to touring colleges and clubs as a headliner, she has opened for such stars as Louie Anderson, Louis C.K. and Carly Aquilino. Time Out NY has named Willmann one of the “Ten Funniest Women in NYC.”

Jaye McBride is an upstate New York comedian who has been featured all across the capital district as well as in New York City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She has worked with such comedy greats as Aziz Ansari, Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait and many others. She has also appeared at the Boston Comedy Festival, the Maine Comedy Festival and the She Devil Comedy Festival. In addition to performing stand-up, McBride has written, produced and acted in a variety of short films. When not appearing on stage or on screen, she writes “The Comedy Blog” for The Albany Times and speaks at colleges across the country; her lecture about being transgender is called “Trans 102: the Chamber of Secrets.” Having transitioned in 2007, she is uniquely qualified to talk about self-acceptance, strained family relationships, awkward first dates and a host of other timely topics.

Chanel Ali is a dynamic stand-up comedian who first blossomed on the Philadelphia circuit. Her outstanding stage presence and winning storytelling style render her a real crowd favorite as she covers her upbringing, current newsworthy topics and her own intriguing worldview. Whether it’s Uber, Philly movie theaters, the online dating scene or the challenges of finding a New York apartment, Ali taps into the human condition in a hilariously insightful manner. It’s no wonder she was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Philly’s Phunniest Competition. She was also recently featured and earned accolades at the Women in Comedy Festival, as well as on “Night Train with Wyatt Cenac,“ on Seeso TV.


September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, and in its seventh year, GNOCA ( is striving to increase awareness of the subtle symptoms of the disease, to help provide patient services for women with ovarian cancer in the Greater Newburyport area, and to fund research leading to a cure. Aside from direct assistance to local patients and their families, proceeds from GNOCA events go to Ovations for the Cure (, a Massachusetts nonprofit.

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