Kira Soltanovich

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Kira Soltanovich (/slˈtɑːnəvɪ/ sohl-TAH-nə-vitch;[1] born September 15, 1973 in Lviv, Ukraine) is an American comedian, writer, and actress.

Soltanovich grew up in San Francisco and started performing stand-up in 1998.[2] After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in theater, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy full-time.[3]

Soltanovich is best known for her work on the prank-oriented reality show Girls Behaving Badly which aired on the Oxygen Network for four seasons[3] and for being the voice of a talking photo booth in a sketch on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Jay Leno Show.[4] She has performed stand-up on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, Hello Ross! and Comedy Central's The World Stands Up.[5] Soltanovich has written for Joan Rivers and Scott Baio as well as for former Disney stars Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber (for the show PrankStars).[6] Her three-year-old son inspired her podcast, The Kira Soltanovich Show, where she interviews fellow comedians who have kids and they discuss all things comedy and colic related.[6]

In 2010, she appeared on the Showtime special Hot Tamales Live and in 2011, Soltanovich shot a half-hour comedy special titled Here Comes Trouble as part of the network's Laugh Out Loud Festival. In 2016, she released a new special, You Did This to Me which she self-produced and made while she was seven months pregnant.[7]


  1. ^ "KIRA SOLTANOVICH talks Lionel Richie - Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net - Comedy Week Live". Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Sandoval, Anthony (November 19, 2014). "Kira Soltanovich brings stand-up to Scottsdale". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Pine, Dan (December 2, 2005). "Chopshticks with a Russian accent". The Jewish News of Northern California. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Sturm, Ari (February 5, 2014). "'The Tonight Show' Photo Booth Closes its Curtains, and Kira Soltanovich Moves On, Too". TheWrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Kira Soltanovich". Laugh Factory. Archived from the original on August 16, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Hoffman, Gil (December 7, 2014). "Laughing Matters". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  7. ^ "Kira Soltanovich Bio". Improv. Retrieved September 23, 2019.

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