Nancy Balbirer

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Nancy Balbirer (born October 8, 1965) is an American actress, playwright, performance-artist and author, best known for her solo show, I Slept With Jack Kerouac and Other Stories, and the memoir Take Your Shirt Off and Cry: A Memoir Of Near-Fame Experiences.[1]


Born in New York City, she grew up in Connecticut, later moving to Greenwich Village to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied with David Mamet—a period chronicled in Take Your Shirt Off and Cry.

After NYU, Balbirer landed a featured role on MTV's first-ever nonmusical program, Remote Control, playing what she referred to as "a rotating succession of floozies", alongside comics like Adam Sandler, Denis Leary, Ken Ober and Colin Quinn. She also often appeared in avant-garde theatrical productions in downtown Manhattan, where she frequently contributed material to the scripts written over the course of rehearsals.


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