…have appeared Off-Broadway, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, headlined The Improv in LA, started theatre companies, been featured on TEDx Talks that have gone viral, performed on musical stages internationally, acted in major San Francisco theatre productions, won best story at The Moth and gone to The Moth Grand Slam, and been featured artists on NPR. Many students incorporate what they learn in Solo Showdown of standup comedy, storytelling, and comic monologue into their speaking, presentations, pitches, and more.
Comedian, solo performer, coach, and director Alicia Dattner currently studies Laban Movement Analysis with director Tom Bentley-Fischer. She was trained in Progressive Method Acting for four years with Rob Reece, a lifetime member of The Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles. At Hampshire College, she studied filmmaking with Abraham Ravett, writing for theatre with Len Berkman, and began her standup comedy career with Eugene Mirman as her mentor. Alicia started doing standup at age 18 and took her first solo performance workshop at The Marsh alongside comedian W. Kamau Bell. She later spent a few years writing comedy under the tutelage of Kamau, and eventually taught elements of acting in a few of his early classes at the Solo Performance Workshop. She’s shared the stage with Maria Bamford, Ali Wong, Arj Barker, and many other great comedians.
Alicia has written and performed four feature-length solo shows (including a recent 3-month run at The Marsh and a 3-week run Off-Broadway with The Oy of Sex, and a West-Coast tour of her new show), written a book (a funny one called Getting Shit Done), two screenplays, and one TV pilot. She has performed internationally in London, Bombay, Honolulu, New York, and Bali. Alicia was voted “Best Comedian” in the both the SF Weekly and SF Guardian Best of the Bay, and “Best Storyteller” at the NY United Solo Festival. Her show Eat, Pray, Laugh! was also one of this year’s top 5 Best Solo Shows in the Theatre Bay Area Awards. She’s recently filmed a 1-hour standup comedy special pitch for her show One Life Stand.
1-1 COACHING FOR SPEAKERS, SOLO PERFORMERS, & COMEDIANS
To apply to work with Alicia in one-on-one comedy coaching, punch-up, or solo show directing, or to bring a Solo Showdown weekend/week-long workshop to your area, contact her at alicia (at) aliciadattner.com or to apply for a Complimentary Breakthrough Session to work one-on-one with Alicia, see her calendar below.
Comedy Resources and Things to Make You Laugh
Creative Heart Coaching: Solo Performance & Comedy Resources
The Spiritual Comedy Festival: Enlightening Comedy
Alicia’s Comedy: Humor about Relationships and Metaphysics
Alicia’s Comedy Archives: Getting Shit Done, Laughter, and More