PERSISTICON is the passion project of Diana Kane, Theo Kogan, Lynn Harris, and Leslie King. It is here to take ACTION, build COMMUNITY, make IMPACT, and have FUN. PERSISTICON's inaugural event supported Emily's List, thus helping to ELECT FEMINISTS. Future events will raise money/a ruckus for additional organizations devoted to getting progressive women into policy making positions.
There’s not a whole lot to feel good about as a progressive these days. But on a Sunday night in liberal utopia Brooklyn, Persisticon- an event “where comedy, art, and electing feminists collide”- my fellow feminists and I in attendance were all offered a glimmer of hope about the future. - Interrobang Coverage of the Persisticon
DIANA KANE ENGLISH
is a comedy writer and digital media marketer for GOLD Comedy. She co-launched a pop culture site Swagger.nyc, and has studied comedy writing at the Jacob Krueger Studio and sketch at the People’s Improv Theater (the PIT).
is a comedy and social justice activist and founder of Privileged Poverty, an online platform for socially conscious comedy and the promotion of up and coming talent. She has worked as a project manager in the translations industry for years and is passionate about music, comedy and all the restorative mediums that entertain, teach and heal “by accident.”
is the curator of The Art of Resistance, a feed that celebrates social justice art and creative resistance. She’s a photo editor and researcher for book publishing, digital media, and documentary film, and has worked on projects for Hearst, Abrams, PBS, Barnes & Noble, Nat Geo, and Time Inc.
is founder of GOLD Comedy, which aims to give girls/women/”others” the comedy skills to take over the world. She is an award-winning journalist, retired comedian, and former Tonya Harding lookalike (long story).
is a Brooklyn-based designer and owner of the sustainable handbag company, LK. She is also actively working with local and citywide groups committed to addressing and dismantling segregation in NYC public schools.
is best known as the singer of Lunachicks. She was a model, actress and honorary drag queen, a DJ, party promoter and creator/CEO of Armour Beauty lip gloss. Theo grew up in Brooklyn and is currently a pro-makeup artist and mom.
is a prize-winning director/cinematographer who is one of a handful of women featured in Kodak’s “On Film” ad campaign. Her latest film, THE LAST LAUGH, about taboos in humor, features Sarah Silverman, Mel Brooks, and many others, and continues to screen around the world since its premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Andrew E. Wagner
is an Emmy Award-winning producer with over 25 years of experience developing and managing creative projects of every size and shape imaginable. He has a soft spot for people who want to make the world a better place.
We've produced two events and we're just getting started (MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 10/21/18!).
Persisticon was our first event. Held at Bell House in March of 2018 it brought together comedians, artists and speakers and a community committed to electing feminists for an evening that raised money for Emily's List. With a spectacular lineup (including Bridget Everett, Murray Hill, Aparna Nancherla, Michelle Buteau, Jon Glaser and more) and busy photo booth, brought to you by Stomping Ground Photo. We've posted photos on these two pages, from Stomping Ground and photographer at large, Marc Goldberg: photo album 1, photo album 2.
ON May 1st, 2018, Persisticon partnered with TueNight, a storytelling platform and live event series for women over 40, on an early, pre-screening of RBG, an intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Journalist Dahlia Lithwick, in conversation with Lynn Harris of GOLD, Comedy For Girls, introduced the screening. Proceeds from the event went to Project100.org, whose mission is to achieve 100 progressive women serving in Congress by 2020 — the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.The event sold out within 24 hours. So we got a bigger theater. That one sold out too. See photos from the event here.
poster artwork by Johanna Goodman