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Marcella Arguello

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Marcella Arguello
Marcella Arguello in 2018
Bornc. 1985 (age 38–39)
MediumStand-up, sketch, television
GenresRace, gender, relationships, family, work, popular culture

Marcella Arguello is an American comedian based in Los Angeles, California.

Early life[edit]

Arguello grew up in Modesto, California, where she was active in school theater. By her own description she was a class clown, known especially for her Michael Jackson impression. She attended Johansen High School, graduating in 2002. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and San Francisco State University for three years, intending to become an elementary schoolteacher, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy.[1]

Her parents emigrated to the United States from El Salvador during the Salvadoran Civil War.[2]


Arguello has worked at The Improv comedy clubs all over the U.S. and appears regularly at The Punch Line comedy clubs in Northern California. She has performed at The Ice House,[3] The San Francisco Comedy Festival, Riot LA Comedy Festival, and for American troops overseas. Arguello has opened for Hannibal Buress, Ron Funches, David Alan Grier, Norm Macdonald, Jessimae Peluso, J. B. Smoove, and many others.[4] In 2009, she won the Modesto Area Music Award (MAMA) for best comedian.[2]

In 2015, Arguello made her national television debut, appearing on Last Call with Carson Daly.[1] Since then she has appeared several times on the competitive improvisational comedy show @midnight, "winning the Internet" in March 2016 and again in Jan 2017.[4][5][6] Arguello was featured on the Viceland comedy series Flophouse, in which Lance Bangs follows the lives of up-and-coming comedians at underground stand-up events,[7] and in The Makings of a Stand-Up Comedian, a 2014 documentary film. She has also been featured on The Nerdist Podcast,[8] Funny or Die,[9] and The Don Geronimo Show.[10] Her Twitter account, @marcellacomedy, was named one of the "75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2015" by Paste magazine,[11] and has been featured on TIME.com,[12] Brightest Young Things,[13] Comedy Central, CNN, and many entertainment websites.[4]

Arguello's subjects include race, gender, relationships, and family, among others. At six feet two inches tall, she also jokes about her height ("I love being a very tall woman until someone calls me 'sir' real loud in public"). She is also known for her "signature shock of curly hair".[1] Arguello's influences include Dave Attell, Dave Chappelle, Natasha Leggero, and others.[14]

Arguello takes on hecklers at her live shows. When asked what the appropriate retribution for hecklers is, she answered "verbal annihilation."[15][16] She also does impersonations of Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Modesto's Arguello makes TV debut". The Modesto Bee. May 19, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Marcella Arguello". Bold Brown Women. April 8, 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-05-27.
  3. ^ "Comedian Portraits and Performances at The Ice House". Getty Images. 26 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Biography". Marcella Arguello.
  5. ^ "@midnight". EpGuides.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-21.
  6. ^ "Marcella Arguello". Comedy Central.
  7. ^ "Central Valley raises bumper crop of female entertainers". The Modesto Bee. May 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Terrified #60: Marcella Arguello". The Nerdist Podcast. September 26, 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-10-17.
  9. ^ "Marcella Arguello". Funny or Die. 7 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Where's My Tesla?". The Don Geronimo Show. June 17, 2016.
  11. ^ "The 75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2015". Paste. January 6, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-01-07.
  12. ^ "Here Are the Funniest Tweets About Donald Trump's Presidential Bid". TIME. June 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Funny Human of the Week: Marcella Arguello". Brightest Young Things. January 12, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-06.
  14. ^ "Interview with Marcella Arguello (Very Funnny)". The Revolutionary Hip-Hop Report. November 30, 2009. Archived from the original on 2015-04-20.
  15. ^ "Word Booty with Marcella Arguello". 20 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-07.
  16. ^ "WhoHaHa - Marcella Arguello Is Drake's Grandma". 23 August 2016.
  17. ^ "40 Best Up & Coming Stand-Up Comedians Today".

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