Legendary Comedienne Marsha Warfield Headlines Funny Lady Hope Flood’s 5th Annual Comics Rock! Convention


Los Angeles – Five years of funny is no small feat when you are a female in a male-dominated industry coordinating an annual comedy fest. In fact, it is literally not a joke. But comedienne Hope Flood has handled it with amazing finesse and style as her Comics Rock! Convention returns, April 26 to 30 at J. Anthony Brown’s JSpot Comedy Club, located at 5581 W. Manchester Boulevard inWestchester, CA. Celebrating five fun-infused years, Comics Rock! Convention has become a “must attend” industry event with its presentation of workshops and seminars for aspiring comedians, actors and producers, where they network and showcase their talents.

Legendary funny lady Marsha Warfield will headline the festivities moderating the highly anticipated “Comics Rock! Forum” from noon to 2:00 p.m. PT onTuesday, April 26 at the JSpot Comedy Club and she will celebrity host a Comedy Night Showcase later that evening, starting at 9:00 p.m. at The Ha Ha Cafe at 4712 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.  The “Comics Rock! Forum” is a special gathering where up and comers have the opportunity to ask questions and seek counsel from veteran talent. 

Comedienne Marsha Warfield
Comedienne Marsha Warfield

Marsha Warfield is possibly best remembered for her 1986-92 role of Roz Russell on the popular NBC sitcom, “Night Court.”  Warfield’s Comics Rock! Convention appearances are part of her resurgence on the scene after a 20-year hiatus.

This year’s highlights also include an “Awards Dinner and Special Tribute to Michael Williams,” the founder of the Comedy Act Theater, on Friday, April 29, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Regency West located at 3339 W. 43rd St. in Los Angeles. An after party will conclude the affair. The Comics Rock the Court Celebrity Basketball Game” also returns this year on Saturday, April 30, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Park, 9651 S. Western Avenue in Los Angeles.

Comedians Luenell (“Katt Wiliams:  American Hustle”), Shang (BET’s “Comic View”), Cocoa Butter (Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) and Paul Mooney’ssons, the Mooney Twins (Bravo’s “Newlyweds:  The First Year”) are just a sampling of the talent scheduled to present workshops and seminars. Workshops will include “Comedy 101” offered by Hope Flood; “Writing & Performance Technique” by Greg Dean; “The Art of Stand Up Comedy” with David Arnoldand Attorney Antavius Weems‘ “How to Inc U.”
Celebrity hosted comedy club showcases will cap each evening and will be held at some of Los Angeles’ hottest mainstream comedy clubs, including the Ha Ha Cafe in North Hollywood, the JSpot Comedy Club and Sal’s Comedy Hole in West Hollywood.

Females in Comedy Association (FICA) group shot.
Females in Comedy Association (FICA) group shot.

As the founder of Females in Comedy Association (FICA), Flood originally introduced the comedy convention as the “Females in Comedy Convention,” before expanding her vision to embrace both genders. With FICA however, she still continues to offer female comedians tools for networking, mentoring, and collaborating as well as fueling awareness for comediennes in the entertainment industry. Comics Rock! Convention continues to honor females in comedy this year with a special day of gifting and pampering at the “Pamper Me Soiree” on April 26 at the JSpot.

“It has been five years now and each year I’m inspired because not only does Comics Rock! Convention continue to grow, but more and more comedians are looking to us to be that resource that replenishes them each year. I feel that too many people take ‘funny’ for granted like it doesn’t require work, skill and dedication. Comedians work hard to make people laugh and I am humbled to be able to provide this annual haven for our community. Five years is a wonderful milestone for me,” reveals Hope.

Hope Flood has always possessed a vision beyond the punch line. Early on in her career she published the first nationally distributed comedy magazine, “Comedy, the Magazine.” Her original weekly showcases were training grounds for talent like Jamie Foxx and Chris Tucker early in their careers. She has served as an on-air radio personality on Dallas’ KRNB 105.7 radio with BJ & The Morning Show and has appeared on the Russell Simmon’sHBO All-Star Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove” hosted byTracy Morgan, and “Comics Unleashed Hot Chocolate with Byron Allen,” to name a few.


Comedian Hope Flood Celebrates 20 Years with Live DVD Taping

Los Angeles – Got Hope? Well if not, get ready to get some. Funny lady Hope Flood and her Miss Rich Entertainment presents “Hope Flood and Friends Celebrating 20 Years in the Game” a special comedy/variety show and live DVD taping on August 28 at 8:00 pm at the historic Regency West Theater. The evening will include performances from poets, comedians, singers, rappers and even a female impersonator, as well as a free buffet, as Hope graces the stage to spoof her two decades of comedy as only she can. The Regency West is located at 3339 West 43rd Street in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are available at www.HopeFlood.com or at Inglewood Tix at (310) 671-6400.

As one of the few black female comedians still making it on the laugh circuit, Hope is a true testimony to her first name. She has outshined and out lasted many of her male counterparts with a brand of humor that is socially relevant while hysterically liberating. Her universal appeal shines forth with commentary on everyday life experiences, tackling male/female relationships, love, lust, motherhood and survival from a female’s perspective. Her thought provoking political and spiritual commentary invokes laughter and wonder, while her inspirational poetry at the end of each performance endears her to the heart of each listener.

Hope has always made waves with her humor, reaching beyond the stage to influence and motivate. Early on in her career she was not only producing weekly showcases that served to propel the career of many comedians, but publishing her own magazine, “Comedy the Magazine,” the first nationally distributed comedy magazine, providing an additional outlet for her talented peers. Her recent gig as an on-air radio personality on Dallas’ KRNB 105.7 radio with BJ & The Morning Show, served to motivate and stir millions of listeners each morning as she added her unique flavor to the airwaves.

Hope has appeared on the Russell Simmon’s HBO All-Star Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove” hosted by Tracy Morgan, Comic’s Unleashed-“Hot Chocolate” with Byron Allen, and seven seasons of BET’S ComicView, where she won her own one hour Grandstand Comedy Jam Special, and was later selected as one of BET’s “39 Most Favorite Comics.” Hope has been a semi-finalist in the Old English 800 Women’s Comedy Crunch and a two time semi-finalist in the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition. On Friday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m. EST, when her performance airs on Martin Lawrence’s “The 1st Amendment” a comedy series on the Starz Channel, she will be one of only two female comics selected to perform for the whole season.

Hope is currently relocating back to Los Angeles from Dallas. “L.A. is the place. I miss it and all my crazy entertaining friends,” offers Hope. “Living and working in Dallas was great. But I’m coming back to Cali’ to celebrate my 20th anniversary in comedy where it all started with a big bang. This live taping will be the culmination of 20 years of funny jokes, road trips and touring. I’ve invited some talented artists that I’ve met along my journey that I feel need some exposure to help me celebrate this milestone in my career. But of course I will have my favorite comedians that I’ve come up with in this game to come by and bless the stage. So everyone is welcome to the party. Get ready to laugh until it hurts, cause the goal it to keep Hope Alive!”

Always ready to assist and provide service, Hope is a member of AMICAE-Friends of Zeta, an auxiliary organization of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. A portion of the evenings proceeds from “Hope Flood & Friends” will assist “A Nickel of Hope, Inc.” her non-profit organization which features “The Hope’s Girlz Club” a mentoring program for at-risk girls.

We all could benefit from more Hope in our lives. Go to http://www.HopeFlood.com.