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Glennis McCarthy makes the bland, old panel-discussion format fabulous

Mindy Tucker

Glennis McCarthy makes the bland, old panel-discussion format fabulous

There has obviously been an influx of female-centric situational comedies on television lately, shows about this girl and that girl and those girls. But GLOC Live is not about girls. It's about the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy.

"I think that people think it's a trend, and it's not a trend," GLOC founder Glennis McCarthy says of this propagation of girl shows. "We're here to create power in numbers and create more shows and opportunities for women. I think we are hitting at the right time, but it wasn't intentional. That's just kind of how it happened."

You may remember McCarthy (née McMurray) as one-half of Piccolo Fringe veterans I Eat Pandas or from when she performed her solo show Disco Balls: Into the Light (The Quest to be Fabulous Balls) at the Charleston Comedy Festival in 2011. She founded the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy, a.k.a. GLOC, as a blog in 2010. The goal was to highlight the women around her in the business from whom McCarthy wanted to hear more — about their processes, their inspirations, their backgrounds. Pretty soon, these women were writing their own articles and columns for the site, and McCarthy realized there was more to it, especially when people started asking her about doing a show. GLOC Live premiered in the Big Apple this January and now runs every month, plus there are a couple of offshoots.

Moderated by McCarthy, the Charleston lineup features stand-up comedian Leah Bonnema, author and storyteller Kambri Crews, comedian Katina Corrao, plus appearances from fellow Fringe performers the Reformed Whores and Charleston's own Mary Kay Has a Posse. The night will include a panel discussion with the women.

"I think people just like to watch and feel like they're peeking into another part, a different side of the performance and a different side of the show," McCarthy says.

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