Laura Valdivia

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Laura Valdivia
Born New York, NY
Occupation Writer, producer, actress, stand-up comedian
Years active 2005 - present
Television Graves
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.[1]


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.[2]

She began her career producing the feature film In Memory of My Father[3][4] 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,[5] and the Syfy comedy series Outer Space Astronauts which was executive produced by David O'Russell.[6] Valdivia also acted in the recurring role of Andy Matheson on Outer Space Astronauts.[7][8]

In June 2009, she was featured in Lucky magazine as a comic to watch.[9] 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,[10] and the NBC sitcom series Telenovela from 2015 to 2016.

She was a speaker on the Nerdist Writers Panel in September 2015 with Marc Guggenheim, Corinne Marshall, and Evan Bleiweiss,[11][12] and in December 2015 with Andrew Miller and Ben Wexler.[13][14]

Valdivia has performed stand up comedy at venues across the United States, including at The Comedy Store,[15] Flappers Comedy Club,[16] The Ice House,[17] and The Laugh Factory[18] in Los Angeles, CA, StandUpLive in Phoenix, AZ,[19] and The Improv.[20] 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.[21][22] 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.[23]



Year Title Role
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


Year Title Role Notes
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

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  1. "Palm Beach Improv | Comedian Laura Valdivia". 
  2. "'It Happened in LA' Review: Here's a Different Look at La La Land" (in en-US). TheWrap. 2017-11-03. 
  3. "Laura Valdivia" (in en). BFI. 
  4. Koehler, Robert (2005-06-22). "In Memory Of My Father" (in en-US). Variety. 
  5. Terrace, Vincent (2011-01-28) (in en). The Year in Television, 2009: A Catalog of New and Continuing Series, Miniseries, Specials and TV Movies. McFarland. ISBN 9780786456444. 
  6. Lowry, Brian (2009-12-07). "Outer Space Astronauts" (in en-US). Variety. 
  7. Castro, Adam-Troy (2012-12-14). "Syfy launching new series Outer Space Astronauts" (in en). Syfy. 
  8. Gorman, Bill (2009-11-12). "Syfy Test-Drives A New Approach to Animation with Outer Space Astronauts" (in en). Liberty Newsprint. 
  9. France, Kim (June 2009). "Comics to Watch". Lucky Magazine (Conde Nast). ASIN B002CKIW0G. 
  10. "Top 5: Laura Valdivia, Actress and Writer" (in en-US). 
  11. "Nerdist Writers Panel #222: Marc Guggenheim, Corinne Marshall, Evan Bleiweiss and Laura Valdivia" (in en). Nerdist. 2015-09-29. 
  12. "Marc Guggenheim, Corinne Marshall, Evan Bleiweiss and Laura Valdivia". ART19. 
  13. "Nerdist Writers Panel #235: Year In Review part 1" (in en). Nerdist. 2015-12-15. 
  14. "Kathleen Kennedy, Quentin Tarantino, Bill Burr, Alex Winter: The Week In Podcasts" (in en). Nerdist. 2015-12-18. 
  15. Laura Valdivia (2009-09-19), Laura Valdivia stand up comedy - Moped,, retrieved 2018-06-21 
  16. "Comedians". Flappers Comedy Club. 
  17. "The Ice House". 
  18. "7 min Stand Up Reel - Laura Valdivia" (in en). 
  19. "Laura Valdivia". Phoenix: StandUpLive. 
  20. Fink, Jerry. "THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: DEC. 31 – JAN. 5". 
  21. "Comedy Smashes Into Music at Full Speed at The Goddamn Comedy Jam" (in en-US). The Interrobang. 2015-05-06. 
  22. "Comedy Central Announces Talent Line-Up for New Comedy & Music Series THE COMEDY JAM" (in en). Broadway World. 
  23. Petski, Denise (2016-10-12). "‘The Comedy Jam’ Ordered To Series At Comedy Central" (in en-US). Deadline. 
  24. "Laura Valdivia". 
  25. "Women's Image Network". 

External links

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