A year or so ago, Dead Crow Comedy Room and WILMA Magazine hosted an all-female comedy night, which went over with flying colors of hilarity. In fact, the evening was so successful, Dead Crow owners Timmy Sherrill and Cole Craven knew another performance of the same caliber would be a part of their future arsenal. Enter local comedian Blaire Postman, who will make it happen once again come Dec. 26.
No Scrubs—yes, named after the famed TLC song—will feature all chicks and no dudes, who will provide 8-to-12-minute sets of standup and do so for a cause. The event will raise funds for the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons—a local nonprofit that has been providing services to survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones in New Hanover County since 1985.
To curate the show, Sherrill and Postman joined forces and booked nine comedians, including locals Bridget Callahan, Beth Corvino and Mariah Anglin, along with out-of-towners Brittany Spruill (Myrtle Beach), Kelly Ryan (Raleigh), Katherine Lloyd (Durham), Lauren Faber (Durham), and Jennie Stencel (Greensboro). Emceeing the event will be slam poet Kelly Rae.
“It’s almost annoying how many hilarious women there are in the Carolinas,” quips Postman, another local comedian who will join the bill for the evening. “And as great as the women in the show are, we could have booked this event three or four times over.”
Since the show takes place the day after Christmas, Sherrill and Postman only reached out to women within a two-hour radius of the port city. “If we opened it to the ladies of Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC, or Asheville, NC, forget it! We could fill the show roster many times over again.”
Postman travels with her own routine quite frequently, averaging a good five shows a week at least. Aside from helping record “My Fantasy Wife Podcast” at Dead Crow, she also takes part in weekly open-mics. “That pace has been just the last year or 15 months,” she clarifies.
As a child she adored the risque performances of George Carlin and Richard Pryor, as well as Steve Martin (“not sure how that got past my parents”). Postman began venturing into standup around 14 years ago when she lived in DC. At first she considered it a hobby, taking to the stage every other week or so. Her job then consisted of talent-managing and booking; however, today she’s turned in her suit for a mic.
“Only in the last couple of years have I broken down and accepted the fact that I’m a 100 percent performer,” Postman notes.
When Dead Crow, née Nutt House Comedy Club, closed their doors in 2013, after the Soapbox shuttered (the comedy club was located in its basement), they moved to the Reel Café. Postman decided to hit the stage again. “And it wasn’t half bad!” she remembers. Today she’s racked up over 200 shows easily.
Her subject matter reaches into personal content, as well as wide-ranging material that spans the human experience. Whether riffing on Super Bowl halftime shows or talking about living with a recovering alcoholic, she manages to grasp the attention of everyone in the audience.
“I have a song I made up about the dangers of being a pedestrian or driver in the southeast,” Postman details, “and another how to deal with bullies and mean girls, DIY churches, being the person least well-suited to running—oh, and cats; I have a rap about my cats.”
Postman and Sherrill focused on booking talent that would keep the show varied. “I’ve had the great good fortune to do a decent number of shows around the Carolinas in the last 12 to 15 months and can tell you: It’s a deep and diverse bench,” Postman says. “They all talk about things you’d expect but in unexpected ways.”
Raffles will be a part of the fundraising for Coastal Horizons as well. Two shows will take place on Sat., Dec. 26, with partial proceeds from the door benefitting the nonprofit as well.