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SANTOS burst onto the Stand Up comedy scene 6 years ago in her first National Television debut on Showtime Network's "Pride Comedy Jam".
The Network touts, "a hip and hilarious show with a great ensemble of up and coming diverse comics, including the witty anecdotes of Latina Lesbian comic Renee Santos." She has been a regular on the Los Angeles comedy scene performing consistently at local clubs, including the Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory, and the Hollywood Improv and in April of 2015 became a Bi-Coastal Comic earning residency at NYC’s New York Comedy Club.
SANTOS has been moving and shaking in the Comedy arena since she took her funny on tour to the East Coast and many Colleges Nationwide. In May of 2013 she joined Wanda Sykes and an amazing line-up of talented entertainment on Olivia Cruises 40th Anniversary Punta Cana Resort Vacation. The ball continued rolling booking a starring role in the show “Stand-up and Deliver” featured on Jennifer Lopez’s new network NuvoTV Tuesday nights. SANTOS returned to the Television in January of 2015 showcasing for Season 9’s Last Comic Standing airing on NBC. In the fall of 2018, she was signed by record label UPROAR Entertainment, the label responsible for launching the careers of greats Margaret Cho and Richard Pryor. In the fall of 2018 her first 1 Hour Comedy Album "Outside the Box" hit iTunes, Amazon, and anywhere you can buy Comedy or Music. In early October of 2019 her Stand-Up Comedy Special "Outside the Box" was picked up by AmazonPRIME. Add to your Watchlist today!
Although she has a natural funny bone, Santos has been working hard at her craft for several years both on stage and on-camera. She recently hit the NYC Equity Stage in Yvonne Hernandez’s Queer Monologues after wrapping her run as “Squeaky Fromme” in the acclaimed play Assassins. She recently played the role of Nurse Heidi Breslin in NBC'S newest hit show "New Amsterdam" and Co-Starred in TNT's "Murder in the First", as a CSI Officer, the Jerry Bruckheimer produced CBS sci-fi series “Eleventh Hour”, and Showtime Network’s “Californication” starring David Duchovny. Santos also has a “Bank of America/Merrill Lynch” Commercial running nationwide. Her acting credits include roles in several celebrated indie films, including her first starring role in Standout Productions’ newest film, "One Way Street," and the film "Shooting April" which was featured in two festivals and was named ‘Favorite Movie of the Month’ by Film Stage Magazine.
In addition, her voice-over abilities have landed her regular gigs on the ‘looping’ scene, including numerous Disney projects and the NBC hit-series “Brothers and Sisters” for its last two seasons. Santos is no stranger to improvisation and sketch comedy writing either, beginning as an active member of Emerson College's Comedy Sketch Group in Boston and most recently sharing her characterizations on the stages of the infamous Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) in New York City. In June of 2019 she graced Caroline’s Comedy Club Main Stage as a Stand-up and writing collaborator for David Letterman producer Barbara Gaines' LPAC benefit. Currently, she is in Pre-Production for her next 1 Hour Network TV Stand-Up Variety Comedy Special slated to hit the world in September of 2021.
After 16 years of pursuing Stand-Up Comedy and getting infinitely more rejections than jobs, I have learned the critical importance of being persistently patient. This has been my motto and the centering focus that has kept me on my path for almost 2 decades. I think of my life sometimes as a movie. There is a really great book called “Produced by Faith” by DeVon Franklin and it discusses the critical importance of being the watcher of our own lives as if we are viewing cinema. This approach allows for the trials and tribulations of life to inspire. None of us would ever be excited about seeing a film where nothing really happened. Think about that pitch…”Ok so imagine some young person aspired to a profession where there were no obstacles and every desire they had was immediately fulfilled without conflict.” NOBODY WOULD EVER SEE THAT MOVIE. We must love the whole journey. That’s how we affect change, shine our lights and encourage others to shine theirs. My life has been devastating and triumphant, brilliant and flailing. I am a Foster Kid, Lesbian, Recovering Drug Addict Funny girl and I would trade none of it for a simpler story. I get on a stage and make people laugh because I am incredibly fallible but my willingness to be seen is what makes people feel liberated in their own messiness. One of my favorite Comediennes Monique Marvez said it best, “Laughter is what prevents our pain from scaring.”
I entitled this piece “Persistently Patient” because that is the requisites you need to stay in the game as a Stand-Up Comedian or artist of any kind. As artists, we over-personalize rejection and we forget we are a brand. I think of it like this: sometimes the consumer goes shopping for sneakers and they pop into a “Footlocker,” (not sure if people still walk in to stores anymore, but please feel free to substitute in “Amazon.com” if you’re a millennial reading this) let’s say the consumer is on a mission to walk out of there with something on their feet and they have a time limit to purchase the shoes, there are VANS and CONVERSE on the shelves. They go with the CONVERSE. The VANS are still a solid pair of shoes, a worthy, durable, brand but this time, just this time the consumer went with the CONVERSE. It does not mean that the VANS are a worthless shoe, that nobody likes that shoe, and that we all should all just throw away our VANS. It just means it wasn’t the brand that was selected this time and the VANS don’t go home devastated unsure of their worthiness. That is how we as artists must look at our artistic pursuit. It is not a personal attack on our character or an assault on our art if our “brand” is not selected. We must say to ourselves…each “no” gets us closer to our “yes.” Be persistent and patient. What I have learned in my career so far is that if you honor your purpose the universe will continue to conspire for your good.
I relate to the world through metaphor and inspirational quotes so I’ll leave you with this…”You can spend all your years picking apples from an apple tree and one day God will deliver you a basket of oranges.”
Renée Santos is a Stand Up Comic that regularly performs at well-known clubs like Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and The Laugh Factory. Her debut National Television appearance was on Showtime Network’s Pride Comedy Jam and since then she has appeared on several shows including NBC’s New Amsterdam, playing Nurse Heidi. She recently released her comedy album, Outside The Box, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. For more information about Renée, and booking information, please visit her page.
Comedienne Renee Santos comes to NBC's Morning Show to give some sound advice to the working Professional Comic.
A little clip of funny from the Comedienne's self written 1 Hour Comedy Special "Outside the Box"
A lot can happen in quarantine! Stand-up Comic Renee Santos, picks up the guitar for an Original Comedy Song LIVE on Facebook.
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