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AMY KEYISHIAN won a weird little contest at her very first open mic at the short-lived Uptown Gate when she was in college, and it was all downhill from there. The people she did open mics with over the next two years would really impress you! They all went on to star in Pootie Tang and she went on to um. Anyway. Fun fact: Nearly every time someone has tried to get video of her performing, the camera has broken, which is not actually that fun but is a fact. She took every class at Upright Citizens Brigade and performed at every Moth Story Slam, then moved to the West Coast where she sometimes performs with her husband, or her ukulele, or both. Her children are much funnier than she is.
She has also worked for the entire range of magazine genres, from her start as an editorial assistant at Sesame Street Parents to her four-year stint as a staff writer at Cosmopolitan. She has also written for Maxim, Glamour, Self, Redbook and Men’s Health, and was the sex-advice columnist for the military-focused magazine Drill. She has also written young-adult fiction (with three books under her own pseudonym, Amy Kaye) and is a cross-stitch enthusiast. Amykaye.com @madfoot
AVERY LENDER (T.A.) is a high school student at Fieldston in New York City. She performs monthly at Gotham Comedy Club with Kids ‘N Comedy, and has appeared at the Cinderblock Comedy Festival, Broadway Comedy Club and UCB East. Avery enjoys eyeliner, Adult Swim cartoons, and good lo mein.
CARSEN SMITH is a senior at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, but was called to New York to help GOLD for the love of the mission. During her summer as a GOLD intern, she performed improv comedy with UCB and stand-up at any open mic nights she knew Chelsea Peretti had recently been to. Her original show “I’ll Have What She’s Having,” an improvised cooking show, is currently running at Nashville’s Third Coast Comedy Club. She’d like to thank her improv troupe, Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, and un-thank her dad for letting her watch too many Adam Sandler movies as a kid. @carsenasmith
CHRISTINE PAGE is an associate producer, writer, and lover of craft beer. A Richmond, Virginia native currently residing in Brooklyn, Christine is very happy to not have gotten mugged yet. Although she would like to note that there is still time. Growing up she had a Spice Girls notebook that she managed to number each page of, but not write anything else in it. That’s normal, right?
COURTNEY ANTONIOLI is a performer and storyteller living in NYC. She produces Stay Golden, a YouTube channel of original content inspired by The Golden Girls. She hosts monthly Golden Girls Bingo and does too many Tough Mudders. You can find her at @stolafprod.
EMMA TATTENBAUM-FINE is a comedy writer and actor who recently hosted HQ Trivia in front of nearly 400,000 people internationally. She was named a 2016 Comedy Central “Comic to Watch” and a finalist in the truTV “Comedy Breakout” competition at the 2017 New York Television Festival. Emma was a staff writer on Almost Genius at truTV, and as an actor has collaborated with Al Sharpton, Reggie Watts, Aparna Nancherla, and Amy Poehler’s “Smart Girls at the Party”: writing for and then appearing in absurd sketches with them. Emma is a founding member of sketch group Political Subversities and the writing duo Ari and Emma. www.emmatattenbaumfine.
GILLIAN ROONEY is a teenage comedian and writer based in Connecticut. She is currently a student of Competitive Swordplay (member of Fairfield High School Fencing Team.) She is also an alumna of GOLD Comedy’s pilot workshop series!
KAITLIN GOLDIN is a student, writer, actress, and devout McJew based in the Bay Area. She is currently a junior at Marin Academy in San Rafael, and she is credited with such historic events as creating the modern-day internet, finding the cure to polio, and discovering the classic combination of Oreos and peanut butter. She also enjoys long, romantic walks on the beach and monster trucks and all that crap.
JOANNA PARSON is an actress, musician and writer who has been performing in the New York comedy and storytelling world for a bunch of delightful years. Her songs have been heard on public radio and at comedy clubs like Caroline’s, Gotham, and LA’s Comedy Store, and through her Lady Band shout-outs: @ladybandnyc. TV: Red Oaks, Law and Order: SVU. www.joannaparson.com Follow her: @jtparson
LORENA RUSSI was born inside of a Lorena, found inside another Lorena. Her and all her clones have created content with BuzzFeed, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and also hosted Chipotle’s Snapchat channel! You can additionally find them all filming, writing, and performing on her comedy channel @Quesodigital as well as on a Magnet Theater Sketch team on Mondaynights. Please contact Lorena if you want to make some “hahah” together or if you’re interested in being cloned**
**Cloning not guaranteed
MELINA SAINT THUNDERDOME is a graduate of Second City’s Sketch Comedy Writing program, but she enjoys writing humorous pieces of all sorts. Her influences are pretty varied: Laurel & Hardy, the Warner Bros. cartoons, RuPaul, “Girlfriends,” and “The Tick” are a few. Visit her Medium page for more!
MICHELLE CHEN is a poet, writer, and aspiring comedian who takes inspiration for her writing from the events that occur in and around her home, New York City, though she was born in Singapore and hopes to return and visit someday. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Bat City Review, and elsewhere, and been recognized by Ploughshares Emerging Writers, the Lancaster Writing Award for Literary Criticism, and the City College of New York Knopf Poetry Contest, among others. She has performed her work at venues including Lincoln Center, Sotheby’s, the National Arts Club, and the NYC Poetry Festival, and has attended writing workshops at Amherst and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio with the support of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She is an alum of GOLD’s pilot workshop series and a freshman in college. Visit her blog for ambitious youth at www.mc-ambitiousyouth.com.
SOPHIE ZUCKER is a Brooklyn-based comedian-slash-child-star who loves musicals and slime. Sophie has trained at Second City, UCB, Under the Gun, and Annoyance NY and performed at most of those places, too. Her show Nervosa: The Musical!, a puppet musical about eating disorders, had an extended 8 week run at Annoyance Theater, as well as a slot at Cinder Block Comedy Festival. Her show Baby Ian Falls Down a Well had a sold-out one month run at Annoyance Theater and an additional one-month run at The PIT. Baby Ian was Time Out NY’s pick of the week. She’s also written and produced videos for Jill Soloway’s wifey.tv. You can find her performing with Ladies Who Ranch (an all-female bit show) at Vital Joint, FIONA (an improvised sketch team) at South 4th Bar, and Ground Floor Comedy (an online sketch collective, partner of JASH). Catch her in the Amazon series Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Or watch a Taking Back Sunday music video she starred in at 12-years-old, when she was her current height but not her current weight. Follow her @mightyzucks. (Bleecker Street Entertainment/CE)