BettyFest celebrates the diverse voices of women empowering the Austin comedy community. We aim to provide a safe space for sisters in comedy to perform without limitations. We promote discussion and collaboration among women from all walks of life. By encouraging women to perform for those who lift them up, we hope to help them discover their weird, authentic selves and gain the confidence to grow as inspiring leaders in comedy.
In 2016, BettyFest had over 200 attendees and raised more than $2,800 for SafePlace Austin. We are looking forward to raising the bar in 2017!
BettyFest is co-produced by Lilli Lopez (Toxic Chakra improv), Kim Lowery (Loverboy improv) and Lindsey Moringey (SheSheSheShe improv). The co-producers have created a marathon style comedy show featuring acts from around Austin and around Central Texas. BettyFest also hosts ladies only improv jams, mashup shows and BettyNights throughout the year across Austin.
The fest was founded in 2014 by Patio Talk (Chrissy Shackelford, Juliet Prather, Amy Wright, and Kasey Borger), a troupe based out of ColdTowne Theater in Austin, TX. After moving to New York, Patio Talk passed the BettyFest torch to other leaders in the Austin improv community who continue the tradition today.