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Observant and original, Monica Piper possesses an uncanny ability to manifest humor out of the ordinary as well as the absurd. Her growing reputation landed her a job last season as a staff writer on the number one show on television and winner of the Golden Globe award for Best Comedy Series, Roseanne.
Born in New York, Monica Inherited an affinity for comedy from her father, a performer In the post-vaudeville era. "Being around him was a great introduction to comedy," she recalls. "He was hilarious." She attended the renowned High School of Music and Art, but was torn between the performing arts and a desire to teach.
Earning a degree in English from Boston University, she taught high school English In Yonkers and later moved to Chicago to teach In a tough inner-city school. It was at this time she joined Second City's celebrated workshop, honing her skills. Monica later moved to San Francisco, continuing to split her pursuits between education and comedy. It was there she joined the resident group at the Holy City Zoo and polished her skills opposite the master Robin Williams, nightly. She was inspired as well, by stand ups such as Dana Carvey and A. Whitney Brown.
When her marriage to a San Francisco attorney ended, Monica moved to Los Angeles and became a regular at the Comedy Store and then the Improv.
Following her appearance on the Showtime Comedy Club Network, Monica was chosen one of six comics to be featured on the first Showtime Comedy Club All-Star Special. She has been profiled on Entertainment Tonight and was voted by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the top ten comedians who are "hot, fresh and headed for the top" and in 1990 she signed with Showtime to become one of the network's twelve resident comics. Just this year, Monica was nominated as one of the 5 funniest comediennes for the American Comedy Awards. After Roseanne Monica continues to headline at venues across the country and will add to her list of television appearances, which includes the premiere episode of London Underground, the acclaimed PBS special Comedy Tonight's Tenth Anniversary and recently, her own Cable ACE nominated Showtime special No, Monica…Just You.
Today Monica headlines at venues across the country and has appeared on dozens of television shows, including the premiere episode of London Underground for the Comedy Channel and the acclaimed PBS special, Comedy Tonight's Tenth Anniversary. Her own ACE nominated Showtime Special. No, Monica…Just You, aired last February.
But if one were to ask Monica her greatest achievement to date, without hesitation she would tell you it's her son, Jackson ("Jake") Piper, born 11/11/91, which Monica says "are very cool numbers...at least according to my numerologist." She then apologizes for sounding so "Californian".
Whether writing for television or her own act as a performer, Monica will continue to be recognized by the industry and the public.