Gina Brown
52, Chevy Chase, MD (Washington, DC)

What do you do for work?
I’m a connector. Technically, I do partner marketing for a large non-profit, but I’m not defined by my work and that question is so DC that it kinda gives me the shakes. When my creative endeavors start to make it impossible to maintain a 9-5, I won’t work anymore. I’ll just create. And I don’t consider my stand-up comedy, acting, writing, or any other kind of performing, work. They are just part of how I breathe.

What’s the best / worst show you’ve ever been on?
One of the best shows I did was in West Virginia where a guy in the front row, admitted to being a racist, yet somehow I found a way to form a connection with him (for the show only). He was easily the biggest, loudest laugh for the rest of my mic time.

Of what accomplishment are you proudest? 
Goodness, that’s like picking a favorite child! To whatever degree, I’m proud that I published my first book. This past September, I self-published a book of quips. Now, on its own, I don’t find that a huge deal. It’s a big deal for me because I’m a divorced mom of two girls who are still at home and I work a full-time job. I also perform at night and on weekends and have to make time to be a caregiver for my mother who suffered a debilitating stroke nearly three years ago. Knocking that humorous book out was just the motivation I need to get back to writing the heavier book, my memoir.

Biggest fear?  
Harm of any kind to my children

Worst dating story?
I’ve been married and divorced twice. Dating is just a gateway drug to marriage.

Last great book you read?
The Book of Leon: Philosophy of a Fool (by Leon Black) – it’s irreverent, absurd, uses slang throughout, and breaks nearly every rule in writing, grammar, and decorum. 

Greatest new discovery?
Replens – it’s a fantastic vaginal moisturizer, and while I hate the word moist, I don’t hate the feeling. 

Vices?
I don’t know that I have one. I don’t have an addictive personality, nor do I obsess over much. And I don’t smoke, gamble, or drink much. I curse. I like the word fuck and I don’t want to be told I can’t say it. Is that a vice?

Biggest parenting fail?
I don’t believe that parents fail. It’s not a test. There’s no rule book. And it’s not science. Just be present. And accounted for. And if you make a bad choice, make a better one next time. (This is what happens when you ask an adopted person a simple question about parenting.)

Favorite thread?
Oooh, that requires memory. Also, the word thread made me think of knitting. Was there a knitting thread? I don’t knit, but I like people who knit. Is this even an answer?

Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I can say anything on stage, literally anything, but corner me for some inane small talk, I can barely form a sentence.

Where can we find you?
My website. 
Instagram: @ginanicolebrown
Twitter: @ginanicolebrown

Where can we see you perform?
I’m part of the Black Women in Comedy Festival which starts Thursday, February 28 and goes through Sunday, March 3. There are many shows throughout the weekend. I will be on the four shows listed here:

  • Thursday, February 28 at 8PM – “Affirmative Laughter” Show – this is a show where all of the comedians identify as LGBTQ+ (The Corners BK, 395 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn)
  • Friday, March 1 at 7PM – “The Icons of Comedy” Show – this is a show where each of the comedians will choose their icon and find a way to pay homage (Brooklyn House of Comedy, 1165 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn)
  • Friday, March 1 at 9:30PM – “Girlfriends” Show (Tilly’s Brooklyn, 1223 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn)
  • Saturday, March 2 at 7PM – “BFF Comedy Show” (Brooklyn House of Comedy, 1165 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn)

****For festival tickets, go here***

  • Also, unrelated to the festival, on Friday, March 1 at 4PM, I will be performing at Greenwich Village Comedy Club.
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