|Born||New York, NY|
Writer, producer, actress, stand-up comedian
|📆 Years active||2005 - present|
Outer Space Astronauts
Ben and Kate
Laura Valdivia is an American television writer, producer, actress, and comedian best known for Graves, Outer Space Astronauts, Telenovela, and Ben and Kate.
Early life and education
Valdivia was born in New York, NY, and raised in Madrid, Spain and Houston, TX.
Valdivia co-produced and wrote the Epix comedy series Graves in 2017 and appeared in the comedy film It Happened in L.A. which premiered at Sundance Film Festival that same year.
She began her career producing the feature film In Memory of My Father and appearing in multiple film roles as an actress. She then appeared in sketch television shows Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz and Mad TV in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The following year, she wrote for the MTV Movie Awards, the CMT Music Awards, and the Syfy comedy series Outer Space Astronauts which was executive produced by David O'Russell. Valdivia also acted in the recurring role of Andy Matheson on Outer Space Astronauts.
In June 2009, she was featured in Lucky magazine as a comic to watch. She wrote multiple episodes for the CBS sitcom series Rob in 2012, the Fox sitcom series Ben and Kate from 2012 to 2013, the Fox comedy series Weird Loners in 2015, and the NBC sitcom series Telenovela from 2015 to 2016.
Valdivia has performed stand up comedy at venues across the United States, including at The Comedy Store, Flappers Comedy Club, The Ice House, and The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, CA, StandUpLive in Phoenix, AZ, and The Improv. Creator of the Goddamn Comedy Jam stand-up show, Josh Adam Meyers, credited Valdivia and Sarah Tiana with starting the show and with the start of his own stand-up career at The Unknown Theater in Los Angeles in 2015. The Goddamn Comedy Jam aired on Comedy Central as an hour-long special in 2016 and, following a successful reception, was then developed into the Comedy Central series The Comedy Jam in 2017.
|2005||In Memory of My Father||Associate Producer|
|2005||All Babes Want to Kill Me||Bikini Sunbather #3|
|2007||I Gotta Be Better Than Keanu||Drunk Cokewhore|
|2017||It Happened in L.A.||Lenore|
|2007||Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz||Various||Episode: #1.4|
|2008||Mad TV||Sick Woman||Episode: #13.12|
|2009||2009 MTV Movie Awards||Writer||TV Special|
|2009 CMT Music Awards||Writer||TV Special|
|Outer Space Astronauts||Andy Matheson, Writer (staff writer), Writer||5 episodes|
|2010-11||The Gentlemen's League||Laura||2 episodes|
|2012||Rob||Writer (staff writer), Writer||7 episodes|
|2012-13||Ben and Kate||Writer (staff writer), Writer||15 episodes|
|2015||Weird Loners||Writer (story editor), Writer||6 episodes|
|2015-16||Telenovela||Writer (executive story editor)||10 episodes|
|2017||Graves||Co-Producer, Writer||9 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2013||Ben and Kate (Episode: "The Fox Hunt")||Women's Image Network Award for Comedy Series||Nominated|
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- "'It Happened in LA' Review: Here's a Different Look at La La Land". TheWrap. 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Laura Valdivia". BFI. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Koehler, Robert (2005-06-22). "In Memory Of My Father". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011-01-28). The Year in Television, 2009: A Catalog of New and Continuing Series, Miniseries, Specials and TV Movies. McFarland. ISBN 9780786456444. Search this book on
- Lowry, Brian (2009-12-07). "Outer Space Astronauts". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
- Castro, Adam-Troy (2012-12-14). "Syfy launching new series Outer Space Astronauts". Syfy. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Gorman, Bill (2009-11-12). "Syfy Test-Drives A New Approach to Animation with Outer Space Astronauts". Liberty Newsprint. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- France, Kim (June 2009). "Comics to Watch". Lucky Magazine. Conde Nast. ASIN B002CKIW0G.
- "Top 5: Laura Valdivia, Actress and Writer". I WANT TO BE HER!. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Nerdist Writers Panel #222: Marc Guggenheim, Corinne Marshall, Evan Bleiweiss and Laura Valdivia". Nerdist. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Marc Guggenheim, Corinne Marshall, Evan Bleiweiss and Laura Valdivia". ART19. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Nerdist Writers Panel #235: Year In Review part 1". Nerdist. 2015-12-15. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Kathleen Kennedy, Quentin Tarantino, Bill Burr, Alex Winter: The Week In Podcasts". Nerdist. 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Laura Valdivia (2009-09-19), Laura Valdivia stand up comedy - Moped, retrieved 2018-06-21
- "Comedians". Flappers Comedy Club. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "The Ice House". icehousecomedy.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "7 min Stand Up Reel - Laura Valdivia". Vimeo. Retrieved 2018-06-24.
- "Laura Valdivia". Phoenix: StandUpLive. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Fink, Jerry. "THE IMPROV AT HARRAH'S: DEC. 31 – JAN. 5". Las Vegas Tribune. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
- "Comedy Smashes Into Music at Full Speed at The Goddamn Comedy Jam". The Interrobang. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Comedy Central Announces Talent Line-Up for New Comedy & Music Series THE COMEDY JAM". Broadway World. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Petski, Denise (2016-10-12). "'The Comedy Jam' Ordered To Series At Comedy Central". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Laura Valdivia". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- "Women's Image Network". thewinawards.com. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
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