Ophira Eisenberg

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Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg, born in 1972, is a Canadian comic, writer, and actress. She is from Calgary, Canada[1] and now lives in New York City.

Eisenberg hosts the weekly NPR and WNYC trivia, puzzle, and game show Ask Me Another,[2] 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[3] She also appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend[citation needed] and Fresh Faces of Comedy[when?], as well as VH-1's Best Week Ever[4] All Access,[citation needed] 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][5] 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,"[6] New York magazine’s "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny",[7] New York Post’s "The 50 Best Bits That Crack Up Pro Comics",[8] 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.[when?][9]


Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was released 2 April 2013.[10] She has also been featured in a number of anthologies, including: I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics alongside those of Dennis Miller, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld;[11] in Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled;[citation needed] and Heeb Magazine's book Sex, Drugs and Gefilte Fish (2010).[citation needed]


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,[12] 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.[13]


  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: NPR". Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ending". Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. February 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bio". OphiraEisenberg.com. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Eisenberg, Ophira. (5 September 2009). Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad. Chicago, Illinois. 
  6. ^ Zinoman, Jason. (4 April 2012). "Telling Tales With a Tear and a Smile". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Sternbergh, Adam (22 March 2009). "Ten New Comedians That Funny People Find Funny". New York Magazine. 
  8. ^ "Wild Jokers: America's Best Comics Tell The Post The 50 Funniest Jokes They Know". New York Post. 29 March 2009. 
  9. ^ "MAC Awards". MACNYC. 
  10. ^ Eisenberg, Ophira. Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy. Seal Press. ISBN 1580054390. 
  11. ^ I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics. ISBN 030738229X. 
  12. ^ "Ophira Eisenberg profile". BroadwayWorld.com. 
  13. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (April 4, 2014). "Ophira Eisenberg’s Walk-Up Cave". The New York Times. 

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