Events & Appearances

Some comments from the 2017 Cancer Survivors Day Event…

Gina was a breath of fresh air!! Dr. Gina Barreca is amazing! Loved her! Amazing! Just what I needed. Humor truly is the very best medicine. Gina was hilarious and brought such positivity and laughter! Enlightening, wonderful speech, humorous, fun, enjoyable What a ray of sunshine in a long term forecast of rain! Very funny! The best! Very uplifting!! Hope Gina crosses my path again – outstanding presenter! Funny, interesting and REAL! Very funny and relatable re: as a husband, survivor and Italian! Outstanding speaker! Bring Gina back!

Join Gina at any of her upcoming events:

March 3rd, 2021 | 7:00pm EST

Gina Barreca, “Fast Funny Women” in Conversation with Leighann Lord — Virtual Author Talk with RJ Julia Booksellers

Join us for an evening of fast wit and strong wisdom with Gina Barreca and fellow fast funny woman contributor, Leighann Lord! The event is free to join, though pre-registration is required. Learn more here.


March 4th, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST

Did She Just Say That? Women’s Voices, Impropriety, and The Power of Speaking Up — Virtual Author Talk with Ridgefield Library

This cheerful and invigorating discussion about securing a woman’s right to vote, a woman’s right to be heard, and to be regarded as fully an American citizen and human being, will be led by Gina Barreca, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at UCONN, humorist, and author of ten trouble-making books. Gina will also discuss her new book Fast Funny Women. Register here.


March 10th, 2021 | 7:00pm EST

Gina Barreca and Nicole Hollander for “Fast Funny Women” — Virtual Author Event & Book Signing with The Book Cellar Inc.

Join Gina Barreca and Nicole Hollander for an evening of funny flash fiction from the upcoming anthology Fast Funny Women! The event is free but pre-registration is required. Learn more here.


March 25th, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST

Why 2021 Will Need All The Humor You Can Provide: Laughter, Community, and Strength — Virtual Event with The Women & Girls Fund of CT

Join us on March 25, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom for an evening of laugh-out-loud fun with Connecticut’s own First Lady of Comedy! Registration fee is $10.00 and your registration automatically enters you in the event’s raffle. More information and registration link here.


March 26th, 2021 | 4:00 EST


Caroline Leavitt with A Mighty Blaze will be conducting an author interview with Gina Barreca on March 26th, 2021 about Fast Funny Women. The event will be streaming live using Zoom or Streamyard on Facebook. More information here.


April 1st, 2021 | 4:00 PDT (7:00pm EST)

FAST FUNNY WOMEN: Gina Barreca in Conversation With Darien Hsu Gee — Virtual Event with Warwick’s Bookstore

On Thursday, April 1st at 4:00pm PDT Warwick’s will host Gina Barreca as she discusses her new book, Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction, in conversation with Darien Hsu Gee. The event is free to attend on Facebook Live. Learn more here.


April 15th, 2021 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST

Fast Funny Women with Humorist & Scholar Gina Barreca — Virtual Author Talk with Bookstore1Sarasota

A discussion about Fast Funny Women with Gina Barreca. Gina will delight us with stories from her new book during this Zoom Author Visit. Event is free to attend. Tickets and information can be found here.


April 22nd, 2021 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm EST

UCONN Creative Writing Series: Fast Funny Women — Virtual Author/Book event with UCONN’s Creative Writing Department

Join us for this book release celebration! This event will feature readings from Gina Barreca and other Fast Funny Women contributors, discussions about the publication process by Woodhall Press’s own David LeGere, and other wonderful conversations about the world of writing and publishing. Register for the Zoom event here.

Gina Barreca

Hire Gina

From Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian and Chautauqua, Gina Barreca has proven herself to be a provocative and dynamic motivational speaker who wins over her audiences and delights listeners across age, gender and social divides. As a straight-talker and a scholar who borrows her style from stand-up, she’s a leading authority on humor as well as provocative issues in contemporary culture, beloved by fans who have followed her work for years (and often hire her on a regular schedule) and new admirers who are happily discovering her through her latest work.

Interested in Hiring Gina for Your Event? Contact her to learn more.

What People Are Saying

Gina’s talk was the highlight of entire fall lineup and certainly the most attended. Her huge audience was immensely entertained. People left raving that it had been a fabulous, wonderful evening.

—Mary McLaughlin, The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C.

There isn’t a tougher audience anywhere than a ballroom full of 1,700 professional speakers, many of whom are humorists. Gina Barreca provoked, entertained and stretched our thinking…and made us all raving fans.

—Ian Percy, National Speakers Association and member of the Speakers Hall of Fame.

Gina Barreca hosted our annual Authors’ Festival program for over five years, and the audience adored her. She’s brilliant, witty, irreverent and downright funny.

—Chris Painter, Literary Sojourn; Steamboat Springs, CO

People are still talking about Dr. Barreca. She was a huge hit because of her interesting stories, willingness to share personal experiences and insights, and her outrageous sense of humor. She was the centerpiece of the conference and set the tone which was fun, relaxing, and energizing. I recall one member telling me: ‘Gina Barreca was worth the trip.’ That about sums it up.

—Kerry G. Parker, CAE, Executive Director, Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS)

Each year, our lucky students at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale experience the passion, the brilliance, the FORCE, the amazing one woman show that is Gina! Our women, from both sides of the political aisle, as well as from other parts of the world, immerse themselves fully in the sisterhood that only Gina’s unique, personal style can create. In a matter of hours with Gina, all are laughing, thinking, connecting into one fabulous community of extraordinary women. That is the magic of Gina power!

—Patricia Russo, Executive Director, Women’s Campaign School at Yale

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Past Engagements

Aetna, AFL-CIO Women’s Caucus, American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Payroll Association, Annual Institute on Mental Health and Religion, Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, The Avalon Lecture at Dartmouth College, Barnard College, Best-Selling Author Series (Marymount Manhattan College, New York), Braithwaite Lecturer at the College of William and Mary, Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Chautauqua Institution Lecture Series, Chicago Humanities Festival, CIGNA, Colorado Association of Legal Administrators, Colorado Bar Association, Connecticut Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Fleet Capital Corporation, Ford Foundation Transformation Lecturer, Fort Worth Lecture Foundation, The Hartford, Harvard College Women’s Initiative, Independent Schools Association of the Central States, International Society for Humor’s Studies Conference, International Women in Leadership Conference (Australia), The Middle Atlantic Cancer Counseling Association, National Association of Independent Schools, National Intra-mural Recreational Sports Association, New England Library Association, New England Society of Newspaper Editors, New York State Governor’s Tourism Conference, Oregon Women in Higher Education Conference, Pratt & Whitney, Princeton 50th Reunion, The Smithsonian Associates, United Technologies, University of Cincinnati Women’s Leadership Conference, Virginia Women Attorney’s Association, Women’s Dermatological Association, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Women in Science, Dentistry, Osteopathy & Medicine Leadership Conference, Yale Conference on Health and Fitness, Yale Campaign School for Women.