Aug 02, 2015


Spotlight: Jesenia Bailey, a Latina Professional Comedian

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Career and Professional Information:  I am a professional comedian with training from the Second City Training Center, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the Manhattan Comedy School.

What city do you live in? What do you love about it?
I live in NYC! I love everything about it – the honesty, the attitude, the drive, the fast pace – it’s an amazing and goal-driven city! Basically, everyone here has something to do and something to achieve. I mean you can smell the “dreams and aspirations” in the air – no that’s not piss you smell, those are DREAMS!!!

Professional/Social Achievements: So far, the thing that I am most proud of is my sketch comedy show, which I started with my co-producer, Crystal Roman – it’s called The AY QUE FUNNY Comedy Show! It’s on its 3rd year run this year and I’m extremely proud of what it is and how it’s growing.

We like to call it a SpEnglish comedy show because as the Head Writer and Creative Director, it is very much so influenced by my American Latin roots!  Watch video below!

It’s been an awesome 3 years so far and I look forward to doing this show for a long time. My ultimate goal is to get this show on TV. Having a Latin written/produced/directed sketch comedy show on TV would be an AMAZING achievement for TV right now! I already have an awesome cast in mind! (wink wink)

Who Has Inspired You to Be Your Best?: : Wow, there are so many amazing talents that have inspired me and I also meet people along the way that keep inspiring me.

But I would have to start with the main person who has inspired me to always go the distance and to remember that TRUTH is always the best comedy: that person is the late-great Chris Farley! I know many are surprised to hear that Chris is my inspiration, but believe it or not – there is SO MUCH to learn from him! His brilliance was his phyical ability to take over a scene. Whether it was gracefully falling all over the place or just sitting still – Chris Farley commanded all of his scenes – small and large.

Other favorite comedians are: Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, George Lopez, Freddie Prinze Sr., Jackie Gleason, Tina Fay, Kevin James, Eddie Murphy, Jim Carrey, Gilda Radner, Wendy Mateo, Lorena Diaz and Kristen Wiig.

25 Million Latinas and Counting! Your thoughts?…: AWESOME!!!! The more Latinas work together and collaborate – the better chances we have of taking over the world!

Countries You Have Visited and Your Favorite One: I’ve only visited one other country – MEXICO. But it doesn’t really count because I was a total tourist who just stood in the Cancun area only. I’d love to go back and experience the REAL Mexico!

My ultimate dream country to visit would be CHINA, cuz it just looks so damn cool in the movies!

Describe a Perfect Day Off From Work: Any time off from my “day job” would be dedicated to my comedy career. So the perfect day off would definitely include doing anything that will bring me closer to my career goals, toping it off with a few hours in a POOL and a mojito, of course.

What Has Been Your Biggest Challenge in Life?: My BIGGEST challenge would have to be managing a full-time job, a marriage, motherhood, a cast of 13 comedians and my SANITY!!!

Although I love my life, I am always dreaming of the day where I can work full-time on my comedy career, employ a full-time nanny, an assistant, a really HOT gardner named “Jose”, and of course get paid for making people laugh till their snot comes out! Oh and health benefits would be awesome too!

What is Your Next Big Dream?: TELEVISION! Whether it be on my own show, or someone else’s. That would truly be a dream come true for me, my cast and crew! We work very hard on what we do and we all love it! So to see all our hardwork being able to reach the entire world – would be the best thing ever!




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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. I saw Jesenia in a play about seven years ago. Hilarious. I will never forget how funny she was … and incredibly sweet and warm.

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