Mission & History


As the East Bay’s premiere all-female comedy team, Femikaze brings the finest in pro-feminist, pro-funny sketch comedy, mining laughs from popular culture, politics and the quirks of being female in contemporary America.

 

Founded in 2011 by Kelly Anneken and Isa Hopkins, Femikaze strives to create opportunities in comedy for ladies of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and orientations.  Femikaze performed in the award-winning Comedy Brains show in April and May of 2011 and was featured regularly in “A Funny Night for Comedy” at the Actors’ Theater of San Francisco.  “Night of the Living Femikaze,” the group’s first independent production, had a sellout run at Berkeley’s Subterranean Arthouse in October 2011, which they repeated in March 2012 with “Femikaze History Month.”  They returned to the Arthouse over the summer of 2012 with “A Femikaze Summer’s Eve,” and presented an all-star stand-up showcase (“Femikaze For President”) in October 2012.  In 2013, Femikaze performed as part of SF SketchFest and Bay Area LadyFest, and began producing sketches for web video.  In 2014, Femikaze made their second appearance in SF SketchFest.

 

Performance is only one piece of Femikaze’s mission.  Throughout 2014, Femikaze developed a comedy curriculum for teenage girls, and began teaching in January 2015 in partnership with Girls Inc. of Alameda County.  The pilot course proved enormously popular, and is now a fixture of the Girls Inc. schedule.