Feminist Tendencies is the creation of comedians Karinda Dobbins, Nina G, Kelly Annekan, and Queenie TT. Feminist Tendencies celebrates the various aspects of female identity. All the comedians involved act as vehicles of social change through their humor. Come experience Feminist Tendencies kick off show in Berkeley. The show is free but donations are welcomed at the door.
Who is Feminist Tendencies?
Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of gifted storytellers and sharp wits. Her worldview was shaped by their accounts of protest, civil rights and empowerment, weighty subjects that were always leavened with humor. Whenever she heard the grownups laughing long past her bedtime, she took that as her cue to sneak out of her room and eavesdrop while they entertained themselves with Richard Pryor records. She not only listened, she learned, developing a relaxed style for delivering pungent commentary.
Responding to a dare from a girlfriend who challenged her to try making the crowd laugh at an open mic, Karinda finally took the stage at Woody’s Café in Oakland, and killed. Sure, she tried to fill the seats with supportive family and friends, and true, she had no competition since nobody else had signed up for stage time, but everybody, from the show’s host to strangers in the audience, was amazed that she was able to do 15 funny minutes of stand-up material her first time onstage. (She’d shrewdly spent a month writing her act in preparation, never anticipating she’d be put under pressure to perform all of it at once.)
Spurred on by the enthusiastic feedback, Karinda decided to see where comedy would take her and began honing her craft at more venues. To date, she has appeared at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival (MichFest); performed at Bay Area comedy clubs such as Tommy T’s, the Punch Line and Cobb’s; and headlined at San Francisco’s legendary Purple Onion. Karinda recently made her primetime national television debut on NickMom Night Out, a series of standup comedy showcases on Nickelodeon and she has opened for W. Kamau Bell.
Nina G is the world’s only female stuttering stand up comedian (or at least until she finds another). She is also a storyteller and educator and has presented to countless audiences. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.
When she isn’t performing at comedy clubs like the San Francisco Punchline, the Hollywood Improv, or the Laugh Factory, she presents as a keynote speaker. Most recently (and proudly) presented to Yo! Disabled and Proud’s Anti-Bullying Summit for young people with Disabilities.
Nina was diagnosed with a Learning Disability and began to stutter while in elementary school. She struggled to deal with teachers who underestimated her abilities, teasing from peers and family members, and issues of self-esteem. Nina was raised in the Oakland area and attended UC Berkeley where the roots of the Disability Movement took place, solidifying her identity as a person with a disability, one she sees with cultural and political empowerment. This coupled with supportive parents has helped Nina not to overcome her disability but to overcome the attitudes about what women and girls with disabilities can achieve.
Kelly Anneken is an Oakland-based funny person and all-around swell gal. She is best known for producing San Francisco's infamous "Stud Comedy" open mic from 2009-2011. Currently, Kelly is managing editor for online humor journal "Hobo Pancakes," artistic director for feminist sketch troupe Femikaze, and co-host of the internationally popular Downton Abbey podcast "Up Yours, Downstairs!" In her copious free time, Kelly performs standup comedy at clubs and dive bars, including the SF Punchline and Cincinnati's Go Bananas. She has also opened for Jim Gaffigan and Anthony Jeselnik at Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival. You can learn more about Kelly and her limited HTML skills at www.kellyanneken.com.
In a profoundly good and inspirational way Queenie TT is deliciously crazy and she doesn't care who knows it. Her brand of healthy insanity is infectious enough to build a comedy empire. Known for her signature naughty-but-nice, super-sassy, high-energy comedic style, Queenie regularly performs at Cobb’s Comedy Club, The San Jose Improv, Tommy T’s, The Purple Onion, and Flapper’s Comedy Club and has opened for national and local headliners, Luenell, Cocoa Brown, Mike E. Winfield, Shang, Rodney Perry, and Big Worm Romero. Queenie is also the author of Praise Be to the Plus-Sized Sister available at Amazon.com, host of the popular web series, The Crazy Fabulous Show; a comedic actor, plus-model, motivational speaker, body esteem educator, and she produces Queenie TT & Friends, Queenie TT’s Comedy Gumbo, Queenie TT’s Comedy Love Shack, Queenie TT's Comedy Tour from the Bay to LA, and The Curves N Cupcakes Comedy Tour. Queenie started comedy weighing well over 400 pounds; seated with a cane, and sick with Acute Hypothyroidism Stage II Lymphedema. Today, not only is she exactly half the person she used to be, she is one of the hottest female comics in the underground comedy communities of Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Her positive messages of female empowerment, positive body esteem, and self-love proves that Queenie TT is more than just a comedian. She's America's Favorite Sister Girl.