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Jennifer Dziura is a New York-based comedian and writer best known for orchestrating the Williamsburg Spelling Bee, a real spelling bee for adults, as featured in the New York Times. A fixture in Williamsburg, Jennifer also produces the biweekly "Monday Evening Stand-Up" at Pete's Candy Store. Jennifer was filmed as an expert on "how to be witty" for VH-1's reality dating show "Can't Get a Date," has written for McSweeney's, appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom radio show, and is a contributor to "The Idiot's Guide to Jokes" (Alpha/Penguin 2006). She recently completed an East Coast tour of her solo show, "What Philosophy Majors Do After College," including sold-out shows in D.C. and Norfolk, and a three week tour entertaining the troops in the Middle East. She writes a blog at www.jenisfamous.com

Need an official photo? Large versions of a few of our favorites are here (always credit photographrs!), and large versions of a spelling bee photo by Brian Van are here. Photo at left by Bill Wadman.


Need a little more info? Here's the rambling-on version:

Jennifer Dziura is a Manhattan-based comedian, comedy producer, and writer. She's been known to blog like the dickens and to knock out a short story here and there when she's had enough espresso.

Once a newspaper columnist for the Virginian Pilot, Jennifer wrote over 150 columns and lead features stories, for which she won a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award in humor writing.

Jennifer started an internet marketing firm in 1998, which she ran for five years. In 1999, her company created a 3-D animated commercial for internet startup Movieshares.com that was shown at Movieshares' booth at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2001, Jennifer founded an annual internet marketing conference in Norfolk, VA.

After moving to New York in 2003, Jennifer worked as the Director of Marketing of TheSquare.com, where she organized networking mixers across the country.

Jennifer holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College. She has since parlayed her educational adventures into the one-woman comedy show "What Philosophy Majors Do After College," in which she does her "History of Western Philosophy in Fifteen Minutes," and then comedically discusses the sundry professions she's held since: dotcom entrepreneur, art model, SAT instructor, body double, spelling bee impresario, egg donor to a gay man, and, finally, grammar-obsessed comedian.

Jennifer produces the biweekly "Monday Evening Stand-Up" at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg. She has performed at colleges including
  • New York University, Columbia University, Indiana University (Bloomington), West Virginia University, Bowling Green State University (Ohio), as well as in Ivy League comedy shows at the Penn Club (New York) and at Penn's World Cafe Live in Philadelphia
...and New York venues including
  • Caroline's on Broadway, The Improv / Broadway Comedy Club, Stand Up New York, New York Comedy Club, The Comedy Cellar, The Comedy Village, Sal's Comedy Hole, the Laughing Liberally comedy series (Host/Emcee), Mo Pitkins, Sin Sin, Pianos, Galapagos, Collective Unconscious, The Marquee, Cornelia St. Cafe, Apocalypse Lounge, and Fort Hamilton Army Base
...and national comedy clubs and festivals including
  • The Boise (Idaho) Funny Bone; "Comedy, TN" in Memphis; Bear's Place in Bloomington, IN; One-Liners Comedy Club in Greenwood, IN; Barrel of Laughs Comedy Club in Findlay, OH; and Philadelphia's 215 Festival with Neal Pollack
...and she recently completed an East Coast tour of independent shows which included
  • The D.C. Arts Center (sold out show!), The Red & The Black (D.C.), The Hamilton Arts Collective in Baltimore, The 305 South Anti-Mall in Durham (NC), The Garage in Winston-Salem (N.C.), and The Boot in Norfolk, VA (sold out!)
...and lastly, she just returned from a three-week tour of the Middle East in which she entertained the troops at
  • Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Camp Buehring, Kuwait; Camp L.S.A., Kuwait; Camp Virginia, Kuwait; Camp Patriot, Kuwait Naval Base; Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; As Sayliyah, Qatar; Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa; the U.S.S. Enterprise and the U.S.S. Gettysburg, 200 miles off the coast in the Persian Gulf; and Naval Support Activity, Bahrain.
Since 2004, Jennifer and her co-host bobbyblue have run the Williamsburg Spelling Bee, a real, cabaret-style spelling bee for adults which has been featured in the New York Times, on NPR, in TimeOut, on Good Morning America, and in lots of other press.

Some years ago, for about six months, Jennifer made a few bucks modeling. She was selected for the national Faces of Change 2005 calendar, which then went bankrupt and was never printed. She has been signed with the V-Models Agency and has done fashion shows for Jillian Sherry and The Girdle Factory (both now defunct). Although she looks tall in photos, she isn't especially.

A few astute "fans" have noted that Jennifer looks like Pee-Wee Herman in drag.

Jennifer has been a guest speaker at Old Dominion University in Norfolk and St. John's University in Staten Island on internet marketing and branding topics. Her work in the field of internet marketing metrics is currently used in a graduate-level course reader at California Polytechnic University.

She also works as a teacher and tutor of the SAT, GMAT, and other standardized tests. She is a member of Mensa, and has a perfect SAT score.

In 2005, Jennifer donated her eggs to a gay man for $8,000. She was featured in 2007 in an AP story about egg donation which led to many other interviews. Her eggs are still on the market, but they're expensive.

Long ago, Jennifer was the state debate champion of Virginia (twice!)

She is most proud of being the first person in her family to attend college, and of moving to New York on her own with $400 cash, and figuring things out from there despite numerous indignities.

She blogs daily.

Recent News: Jennifer has a humorous short story coming out in "Sex and Candy," an anthology to be published by Pretty Things Press, and a piece in the humor issue of Monkeybicycle. She appears on Time Out's on Demand Cable (New York channel 1112) under "About Town/Pete's Candy Store" in a segment about the spelling bee.

Current projects include writing a book and continuing to tour to places where people won't heckle her.

Jennifer's last name is pronounced "Di-ZUR-a". She enjoys feeding ducks and remaining as caffeinated as possible.