WNYC Studios’ Annual Women’s Podcast Festival “WERK IT” Announces Three Nights of Live Public Podcast Performances

WNYC Studios’ Annual Women’s Podcast Festival “WERK IT” Announces Three Nights of Live Public Podcast Performances

Lineup Includes Live Taping of 2 Dope Queens with JESSICA WILLIAMS and guest co-host NAOMI EKPERIGIN;

AMBER ROSE on stage with BuzzFeed’s Another Round; and NIECY NASH in conversation with Death, Sex & Money

All Shows Take Place at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles from October 3-5

Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 11 at www.werkitfestival.com

(New York, NY – August 8, 2017) WERK IT, the all-women’s podcast festival founded by WNYC Studios, today announced its lineup of public podcast performances – three nights of comedy, entertainment and conversation hosted by some of the most beloved and buzzed-about women podcasters.  

The roster features bold personalities and dynamic entertainers: Jessica Williams and Naomi Ekperigin will co-host the always-hilarious 2 Dope Queens (WNYC Studios); Amber Rose will join the influential women of BuzzFeed’s Another Round, Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu; and actress Niecy Nash will sit down for a one-on-one conversation with Anna Sale of Death, Sex & Money (WNYC Studios).

Following two years in New York City, this year’s WERK IT festival will take place in Los Angeles on October 3-5 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.

Created and curated by WNYC Studios, the critically-acclaimed producer of top podcasts including 2 Dope Queens, Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, and A Piece of Work with Abbi Jacobson, WERK IT is committed to elevating women’s voices in podcasting on both sides of the mic with workshops, panels, mentorship, and networking opportunities. Conference sessions and workshops will be led by women executives, producers, and hosts from major podcast companies, including WNYC Studios, Gimlet, Pineapple Street Media, BuzzFeed, NPR, VOX, and This American Life.

WERK IT 2017 is funded in part by a leadership grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, with additional support from The Annenberg Foundation with its headquarters in LA.

Tickets for the public evening performances will go on sale on Friday, August 11 at 9am PST/12pm EST at www.werkitfestival.com. The performance schedule is as follows:


WNYC Studios and KCRW Present: BuzzFeed’s Another Round with special guest Amber Rose

Join Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu of BuzzFeed’s award-winning podcast, Another Round, as they knock back a few and take on the colorful, crazy world around them. Why are bigots so bad at graphic design? How come nobody knows how cute bats are? Why is therapy so hard? As the bourbon flows, Heben and Tracy will explore race, gender, pop culture, bad jokes, and more with Very Special Guest Amber Rose, plus more surprises to be announced.

DATE: Tuesday, October 3

TIME: 7:30pm PST

TICKETS: $20 rear balcony / $30 front balcony & rear orchestra / $40 orchestra / $100 VIP

EVENT LINK: theatre.acehotel.com/events/wnyc-studios-and-kcrw-present-buzzfeeds-another-round


WNYC Studios and KCRW Present: Death, Sex & Money in conversation with Niecy Nash

Death, Sex & Money host Anna Sale will sit down for an intimate conversation with actress and comedian Niecy Nash (Claws, Getting On, Reno 911) plus special guests to be announced. Delving into topics as varied as career change, divorce, near-death experiences, and gender identity, Death, Sex & Money is the show about the big questions and hard choices often left out of polite conversation. Previously named best podcast host by the Alliance for Women in Media, Sale has also been deemed “Queen of the Awkward Pause” by Fast Company.

DATE: Wednesday, October 4

TIME: 7:30pm PST

TICKETS: $20 rear balcony / $30 front balcony & rear orchestra / $40 orchestra / $100 VIP

EVENT LINK: theatre.acehotel.com/events/wnyc-studios-and-kcrw-present-death-sex-money


WNYC Studios and KPCC In Person Present: 2 Dope Queens

Hosted by Jessica Williams and special guest co-host Naomi Ekperigin, this will be a night of stand-up, storytelling, and unforgettable comedy from 2 Dope Queens. Praised as “The Absolute Best comedy show in New York” by New York Magazine, the Queens have performed at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, AFROPUNK, Brooklyn Bowl, and The Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Surprise guests have included Jon Hamm, Carrie Brownstein, Tig Notaro, Ilana Glazer, and Hannibal Buress.

DATE: Thursday, October 5

TIME: 7:30pm PST

TICKETS: $25 rear balcony / $40 front balcony & rear orchestra / $55 orchestra / $100 VIP

EVENT LINK: theatre.acehotel.com/events/wnyc-studios-and-kpcc-present-2-dope-queens


The full WERK IT 2017 schedule is available at www.werkitfestival.com.

Official WERK IT Sponsors include Cole Haan, Official Fashion Sponsor of WERK IT 2017; MAC Cosmetics, Official Beauty Partner of WERK IT 2017.

Official Media Partners for the live WERK IT podcast performances are KCRW and KPCC.



WNYC Studios is the premier producer of on-demand and broadcast audio, home to some of the most critically acclaimed and popular podcasts of the last decade, including “Radiolab,” “2 Dope Queens,” “Nancy,” “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” “Freakonomics Radio,” “Death, Sex & Money,” “Here’s the Thing” with Alec Baldwin, “Note to Self,” “On the Media,” and “A Piece of Work” with Abbi Jacobson.  WNYC Studios is leading the new golden age in audio with podcasts and national radio programs that inform, inspire, and delight millions of intellectually curious and highly engaged listeners across digital, mobile, and broadcast platforms. Their programs include personal narratives, deep journalism, interviews that reveal, and smart entertainment as varied and intimate as the human voice itself. For more information, visit wnycstudios.wnyc.org


The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is Ace's loving re-animation of the historic United Artists Theater. Built in 1927 for the maverick film studio founded by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, The Theatre stands as a monument to a group of seminal American artists — modern iconoclasts striking out on their own. Ace’s restoration of this majestic space serves as a singular stage for art, film, dance, and creative celebration in the heart of the Broadway Theater District’s vibrant modern renaissance.  View all upcoming events at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA at theatre.acehotel.com.