- Headlined over 45 virtual college shows in 2020, featured on ABC10, Fox32 and iHeartRadio
- Invited to host at the prestigious Asheville Comedy Festival
- Comic of the week on the "Jackie & Laurie Show"
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, LA-based comedian, Maya May, used humor to survive being one of the few black kids in school. Maya's comedy will leave you on the floor laughing, but then you'll get up thinking. She's a high-energy performer who keeps audiences on their toes with carefully crafted jokes that combine her life experiences with observations on race, politics, class, and gender. Highly sought after for her energetic performances, in 2020, she headlined over 45 colleges for her Virtually There College Comedy Tour, which was featured on CNBC, Fox, ABC, and iHeartRadio. As the co-host of a weekly streaming show for the Lincoln Project, she's on a mission to save democracy with comedy.
An IFP Project:Involve screenwriting fellow, Maya May has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami where she was awarded TA of the Year for her work teaching Introduction to Creative Writing. Her workshops are designed to inspire and support students in their writing process.
Why is that Funny?
“I did stand-up comedy for 18 years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four years were spent in wild success.” ~ Steve Martin
This interactive workshop (part writing, part discussion) gives students insight into the joke writing process. Through the analysis of iconic stand-up sets, students learn about joke construction and then apply that knowledge in a joke writing activity using material from their own lives. “Why is that Funny?” introduces participants to the building blocks of comedic writing so they can incorporate them into their own writing process and begin to develop their own style.
What’s Your Problem?
“When something goes wrong in your life, just yell ‘Plot Twist’ and move on.” ~ Anonymous
Based on studies that humor improves critical thinking skills, this discussion-based workshop explores problem-solving from a comedian’s perspective. “What’s Your Problem?” begins with an overview of stand-up comedy concepts, followed by a writing activity and discussion. Using the included workbook, participants will learn how to apply concepts from stand-up comedy to change the way they approach problem-solving.
Location: Los Angeles, California
She is an LA-based stand-up comedian. In 2020 she headlined over 45 colleges for her Virtually There College Comedy Tour which was featured on CNBC, Fox, ABC, and iHeartRadio. She’s the co-host of The Lincoln Project’s “We’re Speaking.” Optimistic for the future and furious enough to fight for it, please give it up for the very hilarious, Maya May.
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What our clients have to say...
I cannot say enough good things about Maya and the experience she put on for our students. As a fan of comedy clubs, I was a bit worried about how she would do without the live feedback of the audience. I stand corrected. She was amazing and it felt like I was front row in the club. Even with the students on mute, she was able to read their faces and adjust her pacing, lingering on the subjects when they landed and moving on when they didn’t. It was a master class in “How To Do Stand-up Online”. I greatly look forward to the “Virtually There” tour becoming the “Actually There” tour in the future.
- St. Petersburg College
The University of Missouri-Kansas City Summer Bridge Program is traditionally an in-person on-campus program. We were really struggling to identify ways to get the students engaged and having a good time in a virtual world. Bringing Maya May in for a comedy show was exactly what we needed to bring up the energy in our program. We laughed so hard our faces hurt! Not only is Maya hilarious, she also brings in to her act important topics of diversity and inclusion and keeps it real. We had an awesome time and would recommend her act to ANY program looking for a virtual experience to energize your group!
- University of Missouri - Kansas City
Maya was funny, original, and really connected with the students who came to her show. I would bring her back again!
- Concordia University - St. Paul
Maya hosted a talent show here that was very successful, thanks to her professionalism, confidence and humor. She is hilarious, engages well with her audience and I hope we can bring her back again!
- Monmouth College
It was awesome, she was great! She had one of the biggest crowds we have had for the location she performed at!
- Salisbury University