AMDA Faculty since: 2011
Susanna Spies has been making the world laugh for decades. Susanna's stand-up and sketch credits include: E-One Entertainment's Uncontrolled Comedy, Nuvo TV's Stand up and Deliver and Carol from The Angela Hoover Sketch Web series, Carol & Claire. She has appeared in dozens of commercials and worked alongside actress Amanda Peet in the indie feature Whipped. When it comes to the stage, Spies received rave reviews performing over 30 original characters in her one woman show The Dryer, and has brought the house down at some of the stand-up scene's most prominent venues like The Improv, Laugh Factory, Comedy Union, The Comedy Store, Broadway Comedy Club, NY Comedy Club and dozens of comedy venues nationwide.
In 2002 she Founded Comedy Playground providing comedy programs, with teen/pre-teen showcases culminating at The Hollywood Improv. She has provided this same curriculum for youth of the inner-city through The Eamon Cannon Comedy Project, as well as teaching stand up to elders and corporate programs. Awarded by VARIETY - Top Ten in the nation for Innovative Approaches to Learning! Susanna is a published author with The Teen Mentor online publication, and continues to write her book "The Habit of Humor."
Nicknamed "Comedy Mama" by her students, she has birthed a platform to express through humor and is known by audiences for her many "faces" performed on stages throughout the country. She has taught comedy programs and been a featured guest speaker in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London.
B.A., English, University of Colorado, Boulder