A prominent comedian has been sued over a comedy show that was billed as being for women only. Rolling Stone reports that the suit was filed against Iliza Shlesinger over her “Girls Night In” show.
Shlesinger, the 2008 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” hosts the Freeform late-night talk show “Truth & Iliza” and has hosted the syndicated dating show “Excused” and TBS’s “Separation Anxiety.”
“The defendant, George St. George, claims he and a friend bought $30 tickets to a ‘Girls Night In’ show November 13th at the Largo at the Coronet theater in Los Angeles,” Rolling Stone reports. “Upon arriving at the Largo, the pair were given tickets but allegedly told they would have to sit in the back. When they returned to the theater later for the start of the show, the suit alleges that a Largo employee told them that Shlesinger and the theater had decided that the two would not be allowed to enter and would be given refunds.”
The show is described on the Largo website as “a hybrid stand up show and interactive discussion between Iliza and the women in the audience aimed at giving women a place to vent in a supportive, fun and inclusive environment. She invites women of all walks of life to come, laugh with her and at her and be ready to share and feel safe for an awesome night of comedy and love.”
Rolling Stone reports that the lawsuit “argues that the show — and its full title, ‘Girls Night In With Iliza — No Boys Allowed’ — violates several California laws, including the Unruh Civil Rights Act. It also cites the 1985 Supreme Court case, Koire v. Metro Car Wash, which effectively banned so-called ‘ladies night’ promotions. It even claims the treatment of St. George and his friend is akin to the injustices perpetrated during the Civil Rights Movement.”
The report notes that St. George, 21, has previously filed other lawsuits challenging “ladies nights” promotions, and is reportedly seeking “only the statutory damages” for violations of the Unruh Act.