Maya May

Maya May


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  • Headlined over 45 virtual college shows in 2020, featured on ABC10, Fox32 and iHeartRadio
  • Invited to host at the prestigious Asheville Comedy Festival
  • Comic of the week on the "Jackie & Laurie Show"

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, LA-based comedian, Maya May, used humor to survive being one of the few black kids in school. Maya's comedy will leave you on the floor laughing, but then you'll get up thinking. She's a high-energy performer who keeps audiences on their toes with carefully crafted jokes that combine her life experiences with observations on race, politics, class, and gender. Highly sought after for her energetic performances, in 2020, she headlined over 45 colleges for her Virtually There College Comedy Tour, which was featured on CNBC, Fox, ABC, and iHeartRadio. As the co-host of a weekly streaming show for the Lincoln Project, she's on a mission to save democracy with comedy.

An IFP Project:Involve screenwriting fellow, Maya May has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami where she was awarded TA of the Year for her work teaching Introduction to Creative Writing. Her workshops are designed to inspire and support students in their writing process.

Why is that Funny?
“I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success.” ~ Steve Martin
This interactive workshop (part writing, part discussion) gives students insight into the joke writing process. Through the analysis of iconic stand-up sets, students learn about joke construction and then apply that knowledge in a joke writing activity using material from their own lives. “Why is that Funny?” introduces participants to the building blocks of comedic writing so they can incorporate them into their own writing process and begin to develop their own style.

What’s Your Problem?
“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘Plot Twist’ and move on.” ~ Anonymous
Based on studies that humor improves critical thinking skills, this discussion-based workshop explores problem-solving from a comedian’s perspective. “What’s Your Problem?” begins with an overview of stand-up comedy concepts, followed by a writing activity and discussion. Using the included workbook, participants will learn how to apply concepts from stand-up comedy to change the way they approach problem-solving.

Location: Los Angeles, California

    She is an LA-based stand-up comedian. In 2020 she headlined over 45 colleges for her Virtually There College Comedy Tour which was featured on CNBC, Fox, ABC, and iHeartRadio. She’s the co-host of The Lincoln Project’s “We’re Speaking.” Optimistic for the future and furious enough to fight for it, please give it up for the very hilarious, Maya May.

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