Ophira Eisenberg

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Ophira Eisenberg
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Mediumstandup, film, TV, radio
Years active1998–present
SpouseJonathan Baylis

Ophira Eisenberg (born in 1972) is a Canadian comedian, writer, and actress. She is from Calgary, Canada.[1] She has been living in New York City since 2001.[2]

Eisenberg hosts the weekly NPR and WNYC trivia, puzzle, and game show Ask Me Another,[3] with the "one-man house band" Jonathan Coulton. On February 8, 2013, she appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was called over after her set to the desk, for a chat.[4] She also appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend[5] and Fresh Faces of Comedy[when?], as well as VH-1's Best Week Ever[6] All Access,[7] the E! Channel[verification needed], the Oxygen Network[citation needed], the Discovery Channel[verification needed], TV Guide Channel's Standup in Stilettos,[citation needed] and the AXS Network.[citation needed]


Stand-up comedy and storytelling[edit]

Eisenberg performs regularly in New York City.[1][8] She frequently hosts and tours with The Moth,[1] a storytelling show, and is featured on one of their Audience Favorites CDs.[citation needed]

She was featured in the New York Times' "Telling Tales With a Tear and a Smile,"[9] New York magazine’s "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny",[10] New York Post’s "The 50 Best Bits That Crack Up Pro Comics",[11] selected by Backstage magazine as one of "10 Standout Stand Ups Worth Watching" in their Spotlight on Comedy Issue[citation needed], and hailed as a "Highly Recommended Favorite" by Time Out New York magazine.[citation needed] She was a MAC Awards (Manhattan Association of Clubs and Cabarets) Finalist for Best Female Comic in 2009.[12]


Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was released 2 April 2013.[13] She has also been featured in a number of anthologies, including: I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics alongside Dennis Miller, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld;[14] Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled;[15] and Heeb Magazine's book Sex, Drugs and Gefilte Fish (2010).[16]


Her acting credits include The Overlookers (winner of Best Picture at the Canadian Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), Showtime's Queer as Folk, and CBS’s The Guardian. She was also in the original Toronto Fringe production of The Drowsy Chaperone in 1999,[17] which went on to become a Tony Award winning Broadway show.

Personal life[edit]

Eisenberg lives in a fifth floor walk-up apartment in Brooklyn with her husband, Jonathan Baylis, a producer at the USA Network, their son Lucas, and their dog, Mocha.[18] She is Jewish and a breast cancer survivor.[19]


  1. ^ a b c Kane, Michael (24 March 2007). "Talk of the Town: Raconteurs Take Stage In Story Series The Moth". New York Post.
  2. ^ "Ophira Eisenberg". Q.E.D. - A Place to Show & Tell. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Ophira Eisenberg: NPR". Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Ending". Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. 8 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Premium Blend episode dated 17 November 2004 (TV Episode 2004) - IMDb". IMDB.com. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Bio". OphiraEisenberg.com. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Biography of Ophira Eisenberg for Appearances, Speaking Engagements". www.allamericanspeakers.com. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ Eisenberg, Ophira. (5 September 2009). Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad. Chicago, Illinois.
  9. ^ Zinoman, Jason. (4 April 2012). "Telling Tales With a Tear and a Smile". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (22 March 2009). "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny". New York Magazine.
  11. ^ "Wild Jokers: America's Best Comics Tell The Post The 50 Funniest Jokes They Know". New York Post. 29 March 2009.
  12. ^ "2009 MAC Awards Nominees and Winners – Manhattan Association of Cabarets". Manhattan Association of Cabarets. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  13. ^ Eisenberg, Ophira. Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy. Seal Press. ISBN 1-58005-439-0.
  14. ^ I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics. ISBN 0-307-38229-X.
  15. ^ "Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped and Canceled « Ophira Eisenberg". ophiraeisenberg.com. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  16. ^ Express (21 October 2009). "Oy, Yeah! Shana Liebman, 'Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish: A Heeb Storytelling Collection'". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Ophira Eisenberg profile". BroadwayWorld.com.
  18. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (4 April 2014). "Ophira Eisenberg's Walk-Up Cave". The New York Times.
  19. ^ Stroud, Court. "Happiness? NPR Host Ophira Eisenberg Thinks There Are Better Choices". Forbes. Retrieved 18 August 2018.

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