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An Evening of Estrogen

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Orlando

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AN EVENING OF ESTROGEN is an all-female comedy show with Jill Shargaa. The show features music, standup comedy, improv and song parodies, performed by professional female comics and actors. On occasion, male performers have been invited to guest star. The show does NOT do “male bashing” but rather encourages men to attend the shows and laugh along with us! It is not a typical 3-comic show you see at your neighborhood “Chuck’s Chuckle Hut Comedy Club.” All the performers look and sound different from each other, and cover various topics and subjects that are more diverse and reflective of today’s audience. Did you know female comics rarely, if ever, get booked together on the same bill at a comedy club? This is a concerted effort to do just that. Coming from a female perspective, the show is hip, smart and appeals to women (and men) from all walks of life. The humor is kept to a PG-14 rating. It can include nostalgia, improv, music and gay-friendly themes. JILL SHARGAA – a winner on ABC-TV’s America’s Funniest People, has performed with Lily Tomlin, Louie Anderson, Rosie O’Donnell and others. She has sold one-liners to Joan Rivers and Carol Leifer. She performs song parodies on an Ovation 12-string acoustic electric guitar that strike the very chord of every Baby Boomer’s coming-of-age soundtrack. Her excessive energy onstage is due to a steady diet of cheap candy and salty snacks. Jill has been performing with her trademarked title AN EVENING OF ESTROGENSM since 1996. She has played comedy clubs all over the southeast, including the Orlando Improv, Tampa Improv, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Universal CityWalk Orlando, Orlando International Fringe Festival, Miami Comedy Fest and more. Her three most favorite performers on the planet are Mary Thompson Hunt, Carol Stein, and Amy Beckham, all of which have performed in many Estrogen shows! Jill Shargaa was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and began her career in comedy in 1979 when she sold her first one-liner to Joan Rivers for $9. She’s been writing or performing comedy ever since. • In 1981 she and her performing partner, Mike Brennan, joined The Funny Farm, Orlando’s only sketch comedy group. They were the “The Farm” 3 years, then parted as a team. • In 1985, Jill began her solo comedy career and decided to use her music and songwriting abilities to get laughs. Since then, she has sold song parodies to The American Comedy Network, a comedy radio syndicate servicing over 180 stations in the United States, and has had her songs played on Orlando WDIZ and Y-106 radio stations. Her songs speak directly to the baby boomer generation. • In 1991, she was a winner of ABC-TV’s America’s Funniest People, coming in third place. She “lost to a chimpanzee that had a black belt in karate…“ She goes on by saying, “still, it was more money than I have ever made in one weekend – and everyone’s clothes stayed on.” • On August 19, 1995, Jill Shargaa was one of 2 local comics that was asked to perform with Lily Tomlin and Paula Poundstone in Laughter Positive, Orlando ‘s most successful AIDS benefit. Held at the Tupperware Auditorium, the event raised over $125,000 due to two sold-out shows in front of a total of 4,000+ people! She was asked back and Laughter Positive 2 was held on Saturday, August 31, 1996, and was hosted by Paula Poundstone. Also on the bill were Saturday Night Live’s Ellen Cleghorne, Suzanne Westenhoefer, radio talk show host Mother Love, Susan Norfleet, Steve Moore and headlining the evening was Louie Anderson. • Jill produced and starred in one of the most successful comedy shows at the 1996 Orlando International Fringe Festival. Entitled: One Night Only, Held Over!, it was the only show that year to sell out on opening night. The all-female standup comedy show was a huge hit out of the 55+ acts that were performing at the 10-day festival held from April 12-21, in downtown Orlando. • In early 1996, she performed twice at The Disney Institute Performing Arts Center at Walt Disney World. Jill opened for the rock bands, War and Kansas, performing in front of a crowd of over 5,000 at the WMMO-SavoirFaire concert held in Lake Mary, Florida in May. Rounding out that year, Jill performed her show entitled, An Evening of Estrogen, held at The Off Center Theatre at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Nov. 21-23. Both Friday and Saturday shows were sold out. • She returned in 1997, this time calling the show, An Evening of Estrogen, Part D’uh. Four out of six shows sold out. On April 18, 1998, Laughter Positive 3, starring Louie Anderson, happened at the Orange County Convention Center. Again, Jill Shargaa was asked to perform for the third time! • April 20-28, 2001, An Evening of Estrogen, starring Jill Shargaa and Jen Kober was performed at the 10th Annual Orlando International Fringe Festival. The show was nominated for a Lillie Stoates’ Umbrella Award, in addition to being one of the Top 12 Critics’ Picks for the Fringe Festival. (there were 66 other shows in the festival!) • January 3-5, 2002, An Evening of Estrogen, starring Jill Shargaa and René Bray was performed at the Impacte Theater in Winter Park, Florida to packed houses. In February, 2002, the same show was performed at the Sak Theater’s FoolFest 2002, in downtown Orlando, Florida. A near sell-out audience attended. • January, 2003 Jill performed at the New York Comedy Club, now called Bocanuts in Boca Raton, Florida. She returned to the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May to headline her show An Evening of Estrogen, Part D’uh, followed by a 1-night show at the Orlando Improv in downtown Orlando with Brian Bradley called Out-Rage-Us. Jill has since headlined more Estrogen shows with the Tampa and Orlando Improv Comedy Clubs, and at the Comedy Club at the Gypsy Bar & Grill in St. Augustine, Florida. • Over the years, she has performed with Rosie O’Donnell, Paula Poundstone, Carol Leifer, Lea DeLaria and others. She’s most recently opened for Janis Ian at the Community Building in Mount Dora, Florida. She’s played such diverse venues as The Miami Comedy Fest, Comedy Central’s Florida Comedy Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, as well as FunnyEola in downtown Orlando, and comedy clubs all across the South. • “I have a very gay-friendly, rock ‘n’ roll, high-energy, Baby Boomer act. I enjoy a mixed crowd and a politically incorrect audience. I’m comfortable in front of men, women and some barnyard animals… I perform song parodies and adult humor. I like to run with scissors.”

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