It’s times like these that we need laughter the most. In an age where most of what we see in the news is the bleak state of the world due to the pandemic, any glimmer of hope is a welcome sight–and that escape to a positive, gleeful feeling we long for is exactly what the comedy group Cougars on the Loose bring to the table.

Created by standup comedienne Priya Guyadeen, Cougars on the Loose is a collective of comedic performers “of a certain age” based in California. Their first show at the female-owned Hayward, CA bar, The Dark Horse Lounge, received raving reviews from local outlets. Praised for their unique viewpoints in life and hard-hitting, belly-aching punchlines, Guyadeen says their show is really all about human connection, and that their comedic chops work because they are composed of talents who are not afraid to show their vulnerability with their audience.

Cougars on the Loose
Priya Guyadeen

Cougars on the Loose has since performed at premiere venues around the Bay and LA area, including San Jose Improv, Tommy T’s, Alameda Comedy Club, Comedy Oakland, and The Comedy Chateau. This year, they added more dates for their upcoming gigs and are looking forward to bringing more joy to the local scene.

Among their diverse rotating cast, notable members include:

  • Priya Guyadeen, a Canadian single mother whose goal is to use humor to reunite communities and stimulate local economies;
  • Lalita Dee, an out-and-proud, Dutch-born lesbian mom fighting her way through heteropartiarchy in the US with her intelligently hilarious humor;
  • Nicole Tran, a Vietnamese-born artist and veteran children’s entertainer whose lighthearted comedy highlights her life as a Vietnamese-American;
  • Loren Kraut, a gay comic from New Jersey that mixes her comedy with her everyday life with OCD, depression and anorexia;
  • Jacqui Pirl, a Minessotan writer, author, and comedienne that shares her funny anecdotes from her creative works, and;
  • Susan Maletta, a corporate runaway divorcee that describes herself as “the manager that Karen calls”.

To enjoy good drinks and great comedy with Cougars on the Loose, make sure to check them out in their upcoming shows:

  • January 20, 2022 – Stage Werx, San Francisco, CA
  • January 23, 2022 – Crazy Funny Asians, Neck of the Woods, San Francisco, CA 
  • January 24, 2022 – US Comedy Competition (Semi-Finals), Virtual Show – Zoom
  • January 30, 2022 – Crazy Funny Asians, Neck of the Woods, San Francisco, CA
  • February 3, 2022 – Cougars on the Loose, Alameda Comedy Club, Alameda, CA
  • February 12, 2022 – Hall Pass, The Dark Horse Lounge, Hayward, CA
  • February 19, 2022 – Strum Brewing Company, Ontario, CA
  • March 3, 2022 – Cougars on the Loose, Stage Werx, San Francisco, CA

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