Charla Lauriston

is a Los Angeles based stand-up comedian and television writer who’s been described as “self-assured and gleefully sarcastic” (WNYC) and “one of the most exciting and original voices in comedy” (Splitsider). Hailing from New York by way of Boston by way of Haiti, Charla’s sharp observations on everything from family to race to pop culture and the absurd minutia of everyday life are delivered with a matter-of-fact punch to the gut. 

In 2010, Charla moved to New York City for a job as a Staff Assistant for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand but quickly found her true calling in a level zero improv class. Much to the dismay of her parents and bank account, Charla soon left the Senators office to invest more time in her newfound passion for improv and stand-up comedy. 

Charla hit the ground running with appearances at the New York Comedy Festival, the She-Devil Festival, and the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. She was Joke of the Week in TimeOut New York, has written pieces for Elle Magazine and The Root, and in 2013 she was listed as one of 8 Black Women Ready for SNL by Essence Magazine.

In 2014, Charla released the first season of her web series, Clench and Release to critical acclaim. “Clench” follows Charla, an up-and-coming comedian, as she navigates the frustrating, clench-worthy situations that inspire her stand-up. VideoInk described the show as “if episodes of “Seinfeld” or “Louie” lasted just four to seven minutes…only completely different.” 

Soon after releasing Clench, Charla landed her first TV writing gig on the first season of the Netflix Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She’s since written for Comedy Central’s ‘Why? W/ Hannibal Buress’, TBS’ People of Earth, and FOX’s Ghosted. 

Charla released the second season of Clench In 2015. In the same year, Glamour Magazine listed it as a Web Series to Watch. The series has since been featured in Indie Wire, Paste Magazine, Bustle, Blavity, Comedy Hype, Brokelyn, Splitsider, and WNYC.  

In 2016, Charla appeared on the third season of ‘The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail’ on Comedy Central. She plans to quietly retreat to the woods in 2020. 


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