LIMA — Comedian Courtney Kay Meyers stood on stage Saturday cracking jokes and living her dream thanks to a road paved by Lima native Phyllis Diller.
Meyers, of Indianapolis, participated in the first Lima’s Funniest Lady competition to honor Diller, who died last year. Diller was a legend in comedy.
“These female comedy contests are really my favorite thing to do. When I’m on the road I can go weeks, sometimes months without ever seeing another woman,” Meyers said.
Meyers said she owes it to Diller for paving the way in a male-dominated profession.
Joe Deez, of Lima, a comedian himself, put together the event Saturday at the Met in the downtown. All money raised will go to pay for a display at the Allen County Museum to honor Diller, he said.
On Saturday, 12 women competed in preliminary rounds to go to the finals where five competed for a $200 cash prize and a night of standup in the fall at the Milano Café, Deez said.
Comedians perform routines up to seven minutes during the preliminary rounds and for 15 minutes in the finals. The audience judges the preliminary rounds choosing the comedians who move on to the finals, Deez said.
The finals will have judges choosing the winner, he said.
Female comedians talk about everything imaginable, Deez said.
“They talk about girl problems,” he said.
The event to honor Diller as a pioneer was held for several reasons, he said.
“We realized, a) there wasn’t a comedy presence and b) it’s the hometown of a comedy legend so that’s what made us decide to create Limaland comedy,” he said.
Meyers is happy she has a chance to entertain people in Lima and work on her craft. She has several routines in her act based on her life.
“I’m very self-deprecating. I’m too pretty not to be,” she said.