Hey there Boca Mag! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me about Feminist Happy Hour Delray Beach and the South Florida comedy scene.
Swiz is at the forefront of these changing times. Raised partly in Palm Beach County, she’s back in town to bring Feminist Happy Hour, a women’s-empowerment concept she launched in Chicago, to Delray Beach. Despite its name, it’s more than a social gathering with discounted drinks: It’s a female-centric night of performances encompassing comedians, monologists, poets and improvisers that invites to “raise a drink and raise your consciousness!” She’ll host the inaugural Feminist Happy Hour at 7 p.m. Friday at Improv U in Delray Beach.
“Comedy is default masculine, because men have dominated it,” says Swiz. “And that’s true about so many of our industries. It’s important to remind people that it’s hard to see the absence, because it’s invisible. You have to try to normalize it by saying, ‘we’re going to put just women onstage. We’re not going to allow men to have a place here.’ This show is one-of-a-kind, and eventually I would think a show like this would be unnecessary, because there would be more of a balance, and there won’t be a need to amplify and highlight certain voices. But we’re certainly not there yet.”
Read the full interview here!