Talent included Jodie Mitchell, Charlie George, Mary O’Connell, Chloe Petts and comedy duo Shelf
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY ELEANOR NOYCE
To mark Lesbian Visibility Week (25 April-1 May), last night, Stonewall X The LOL Word presented queer comedy for a fantastic cause. Held at Rich Mix in the heart of Shoreditch, some of the UK’s best queer women and non-binary comics left the audience in tears, with performances from host Jodie Mitchell, Charlie George, Mary O’Connell, Chloe Petts and double-act Shelf, comprised of Rachel WD and Ruby Clyde.
DIVA publisher and Lesbian Visibility Week founder Linda Riley, introduced by host and all-round comedy legend Jodie Mitchell, gave a fantastic speech reinforcing DIVA’s support for Stonewall. Powered by Stonewall and DIVA alike, Lesbian Visibility Week has been a close collaboration between the two, with inspiring chief executive Nancy Kelley giving a fantastic speech on lesbian visibility both past and present. A warming start to the evening, Nancy welcomed Linda back onto the stage to point out their equally iconic choices of lesbian footwear, both dazzling white. Ah, lesbian fashion in action.
Founded in 2016, The LOL Word was established to platform LGBTQI women and non-binary people in comedy. A clever spin on cult TV show, The L Word, the comedy collective was created by Shelf, Chloe Petts, Jodie Mitchell and Chloe Green. Previously described as “hilarious, slick and smart…The LOL Word is transforming comedy” by The Guardian, these comics are some of the best in the business, having hosted sell-out runs at The Edinburgh, Brighton and Cambridge Fringe Festivals, The Southbank Centre and VAULT Festival.
With proceeds going towards the incredible work that Stonewall do to support the LGBTQI community, the evening was a celebration of women and non-binary people in comedy. From Charlie George’s hilariously graphic impression of teenage kissing at a foam party to Shelf’s EDM song on oblivious classroom bullying, the evening was an absolute rager.
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