Kiki Melendez Alongside Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg & Lily Tomlin in Comedy Doc

Kiki Melendez will be the evening's host

Airing on Showtime March through April

Hollywood, CA – Award-winning comedian Kiki Melendez, best known for her highly-rated Showtime Network comedy special Hot Tamales Live! , joins Joan Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin and more in the documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women  to air on the Showtime Networks premiering March 21 at 8:00 PM and continuing throughout March and April. For more info on Kiki Melendez to go http://www.kikimelendez.com 

Why We Laugh: funny Women  is an uncensored look into the lives of female stand-up comedians, featuring interviews and live performance footage from some of today’s most prominent female voices in stand-up comedy and entertainment. This revealing documentary sheds light on the legacy of the female comedian and the dedication, courage and passion that is required to be successful in the male dominated stand-up comedy business.

The documentary is executive produced by Joan Rivers.

“I am honored to be part of Why We Laugh: funny Women . I am a huge fan of Joan Rivers. She was the first comedian to inspire me to go into the business, so to be in her film is a dream come true…” said Melendez from her offices at Latin Hollywood Films.

Kiki Melendez is an actress, writer, and producer. Named American Latino Pioneer in Entertainment, Kiki was the first female comedian nominated for the initial launch of the American Latino Awards . Melendez also received the prestigious Mavrick Award from the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival. She has recently completed her first feature length Docu-Comedy Journey of a Female Comic , to be released later this year.

Her Television and Feature credits include: HBO’s Tracy Ullman Takes On… National Lampoons’ Cattle Call , Benny Bliss and The Disciples of Greatness, Lifetime’s Strong Medicine, NBC’s City Guys  and the  Steve Harvey Show.