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Amy Shanker



Growing up with the looks of a prepubescent Latino boy and a family that her friends dubbed "The Jewish Griswalds," Amy had no choice but to go into standup comedy. Her dry comedic style and edgier perspective stem from her time as an inner-city high school English teacher.


Amy's a regular at Laugh Factory, Zanies, and New York Comedy Club. She performs at clubs, coorporates, and colleges across the U.S.

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