Ranging from personal subjects to social commentary, Hilary Schwartz’s stand-up comedy is intelligent, dark, honest, and somehow still adorable. She was recently runner-up in the New York March Madness Comedy Competition. She has been heard on XM Radio and seen on MTV. Hilary has been featured in TimeOut New York, Heeb Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hilary has opened for established comedians, including Dave Attell, Cory Kahaney, and Jonathan Katz. She was selected to perform at the 2010 and 2011 Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, was a finalist in the DC Improv’s comedy contest, and appeared in the long-running San Francisco show, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.

Hers is a rare act that translates successfully from New York clubs to alterative showcases to road shows. With over ten years experience as a stand-up, she has appeared at New York clubs, such as Carolines, Stand-Up New York, and Comix, and has been a regular presence on alternative shows in the city. Her comedy has taken her on the road from California to Canada, not to mention, Delaware.

Hilary tours regularly with the critically acclaimed variety show, Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad. She has hit the road with the Obama Girls of Comedy. And she was co-producer and writer for the variety show, Urban Hee Haw, a Village Voice Choice.

Her comedic writing can be read in What Was I Thinking?: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories, alongside Carrie Fisher and writers from “Sex and the City,“ a book featured on “The Today Show“. Her comedic writing was also tapped for the collection, Half-Jewish: A Celebration.

Hilary also writes and performs comedy songs. She has written for and performed with the alt-country-music-comedy act, The Manson Family Singers, whose album is titled Saggy Boobs and Other Hits. She was selected for “Music Is A Joke” at Stand-Up New York.

Other projects include the mini-podcast, Agreeing at the Top of Our Lungs with comedian Rena Zager and which is available on iTunes. Hilary has performed with and helped conceive the animal benefit show, “The Cat Ladies of Comedy“. She also co-produces a show and comedic shorts under the banner, Please, Someone Kill Me with comedian Rachael Parenta.

She was the creator of the much-loved 90s ‘zine, Melrose Place Journal, and most significantly, at eight years old wrote The Bow-Wow Times, a much-needed newspaper for dogs.

Hilary was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she attended DC public schools and learned to type. She typed well enough to graduate with honors from New York University. She is also the proud aunt of several animals.

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