Closing Keynote Presentation
Monica Piper - Lose the Stress and Roll With the Punchlines
DATE: Saturday, September 28, 2019
TIME: 5:30 - 6:15 pm
Lose the Stress and Roll With the Punchlines
When Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated comedy writer, playwright and comedian Monica Piper brings her laugh-out-loud advice to writers, they leave less stressed and armed with skill-building tips on how to find what’s funny about themselves, their lives and the voices of their characters. Through hilarious insights and stress-busting techniques, Monica compels writers to find a new outlook on how to turn pressure into productivity. As funny as it is, people take it seriously.
Monica Piper was a Campfire Girl… in the Bronx. “You sense your life isn’t normal when you’re sitting on the D train with a bag of marshmallows and a twig.”
Monica began her career as a high school English teacher. While finding it rewarding, she had to move on. “I couldn’t handle the money and prestige.” She realized her passion was making people laugh. She studied improv with Second City in Chicago, and performed with “Sons of the Sunset” in San Francisco. In L.A. she joined “Raisin Brain” at the Comedy Store. She then went solo as a standup and soon became one of Showtime Network’s “Comedy All Stars.” It wasn’t long before she landed her own Cable Ace Award-winning Showtime Network special, “No, Monica, Just You.” She was nominated for an American Comedy Award as one of the top five female comedians in the country. She has opened for Gloria Estefan, Neil Sedaka, Glenn Campbell, the Smothers Brothers, Lucie Arnaz and Tommy Tune.
Monica was recruited by Ms. Barr, herself, to write on Roseanne, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. She went on to write for Mad About You and Veronica’s Closet.
Monica was now a mother and sit-com hours meant too much time away from her son. She turned to animation and became the head writer and producer of the #1 children’s animated series, Rugrats, for which she won an Emmy. She then developed and wrote series for Nickelodeon, Disney and Cartoon Network.
As a standup, she headlines events for organizations, most recently, The City of Hope, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Brandeis Committee and The Jewish Federation Annual Fundraising Dinner.
As a keynote speaker and breast cancer survivor, Monica inspires audiences everywhere to lose the stress and FIND the FUNNY in their personal and professional lives.
Monica is proud to be an artist-in-residence with the Jewish Women’s Theatre of Los Angeles. Her critically acclaimed one-woman play, “Not That Jewish” ran to sell-out crowds in LA, before its hit 200 performance run Off Broadway. She was nominated by the LA Drama Critics Circle for Best Solo Performance.
Monica also performs for Jewish organizations around the nation with her hilarious
and heartwarming biographical blend of standup and storytelling, “Farmisht, Farklempt,
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