Sarah Colonna

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Sarah Colonna
Birth nameSarah Noel Colonna[1]
Born (1974-12-29) December 29, 1974 (age 44)
Wiesbaden, West Germany
Jon Ryan (m. 2016)
Notable works and rolesChelsea Lately, Scare Tactics, After Lately

Sarah Noel Colonna (born December 29, 1974) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and comedy writer. She appeared as a roundtable regular on the hit E! cable TV network comedy/talk show Chelsea Lately.

Early life[edit]

Colonna was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany. She grew up in Farmington, Arkansas with her mother, who is a secretary in a funeral home. Her father was a newspaper sports editor in Los Angeles, California. Her great-great uncle was Jerry Colonna.[2] She attended the University of Arkansas and later moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career in acting and stand-up comedy. Sarah also worked as a bartender before becoming an entertainer.[3]


Colonna's first televised stand up appearance was on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, hosted by Harland Williams. In 2006, she was one of 5 finalists in TBS and Myspace's "Stand up or Sit Down Comedy Challenge," which aired on TBS and was taped at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.[4] Colonna also appeared on BBC's The World Stands Up, which tapes in London and features popular comedians from around the world.[5]

In 2008, Colonna filmed a pilot for TBS titled Comedy Road Show which taped on location in Macon, Georgia. That same year, she also began appearing regularly on the hit E! show Chelsea Lately as a roundtable guest, and in 2009 was hired full-time as a writer for the show.[6] Handler's production company, Borderline Amazing Productions, produced the Comedians of Chelsea Lately, which featured some of the popular comics from her show, on which Colonna was featured. The special was taped at the Nokia Club in Los Angeles, shown on E!, and sparked a tour of the comics across the country which began in the fall of 2009.

Colonna also has appeared on various television shows, including Battle Creek[7], The United States of Tara[5], Monk,[8] Strong Medicine, Invasion, and Days of Our Lives. She was also a regular on the hit hidden camera SciFi show Scare Tactics[5], which was originally hosted by actress Shannen Doherty, and later hosted by comedian/actor Tracy Morgan of Saturday Night Live fame. She also co-starred in Michael Rosenbaum's film Back in the Day[9] and Diablo Cody's Paradise[7].

Colonna has been headlining nationally as a comedian and has also performed with Chelsea Handler at venues such as Radio City Music Hall and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She starred as part of the ensemble cast of E!’s network television series After Lately and also served as a producer on the show.[5] Her first book, Life As I Blow It, was released on February 7, 2012 and debuted at number 5 on the New York Times Bestseller List.[10] Her second book, Has Anyone Seen My Pants? was released on March 31, 2015 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Colonna continues to headline nationally throughout the country and also has a weekly podcast with fellow Chelsea Lately comedian Josh Wolf called Off The Rails, which is available on iTunes.

Colonna appeared as a guest spy on Bar Rescue when she did recon for Second Base, formerly Extreme's, in addition to appearing alongside Jon Ryan as one of the recon spies for Black Light District Rock & Roll Lounge.[11][12]

In 2017, it was announced that Colonna was cast as Angie Bladell in Insatiable, which premiered August 10, 2018 on Netflix.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Colonna became engaged to Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan in 2014.[14][15] They married July 9, 2016, in Los Cabos, Mexico. Comedian Ross Mathews, who introduced the couple to each other, officiated at the ceremony.[16]

Published works[edit]

  • Colonna, Sarah (2012). Life As I Blow It: Tales of Love, Life & Sex . . . Not Necessarily in That Order. Villard. ISBN 978-0345528377.
  • Colonna, Sarah (2015). Has Anyone Seen My Pants?. Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1476771922.


  1. ^ "Sarah Colonna on Twitter". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  2. ^ Blair, Iain (July 24, 2012). "Colonna: Latenight scribe shares 'Life' lessons". Variety. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
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  4. ^ Stapleton, Susan. "Comedian Sarah Colonna talks about Las Vegas and playing blackjack". Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  5. ^ a b c d Schawbel, Dan. "How Sarah Colonna Became a Star on Chelsea Lately". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  6. ^ "Comedy Q+A: Sarah Colonna – Boston Magazine". Boston Magazine. 2011-10-27. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  7. ^ a b "In With Us: Sarah Colonna | Lewis & Logan | KOA NewsRadio". Lewis & Logan. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  8. ^ "NBC Nabs Sarah Colonna's 'Life as I Blow It' Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  9. ^ "Nub?! 'Back in the Day' Stars on Nude Casting". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012-10-16). "NBC To Redevelop Sarah Colonna's 'Life As I Blow It', ABC Buys Comedy From Sisters". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  11. ^ Coyle, Anthony (2017-02-17). "Second Base Update - What Happened After Bar Rescue - Gazette Review". Gazette Review. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  12. ^ Wells, Shannon O. "Seahawk punter to land in Gresham". Retrieved 2018-08-13. External link in |work= (help)
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (2018-07-10). "'Insatiable' Starring Debby Ryan Gets Premiere Date On Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-08-15.
  14. ^ Weaver, Tim (15 July 2014). "Seahawks punter Jon Ryan has a future as a comedian". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  15. ^ Province, The; Life, Arts &; Entertainment; Email, Share Chelsea Lately Regular Sarah Colonna on Her [Canadian] Super Bowl Boyfriend and Survival in Show Biz Tumblr Pinterest Google Plus Reddit LinkedIn; Tumblr; Pinterest; Plus, Google; Reddit; LinkedIn; Email (9 June 2014). "Chelsea Lately Regular Sarah Colonna on Her [Canadian] Super Bowl Boyfriend and Survival in Show Biz". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Sarah Colonna Marries Seattle Seahawks' Jon Ryan in Mexico". US Magazine. July 10, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.

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