Jess Lane is a writer, director, actor, stand-up comedian, and improviser.
She’s currently developing an animated comedy pilot with Hulu after winning a pitch competition at the 2018 New York Television Festival. She recently worked with Dreamworks as a punch-up writer. She’s contributed to Billy on the Street, Reductress, The Hard Times, Conan's TeamCoco.com, ComedyCentral.com, and Two Minutes to Late Night. She was a staff writer for Nerdist.com, Cameron Esposito's She Said on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, the UCB LA Digital Writers Room, and UCB Comedy's unscripted series Shooting Strangers.
As a writer & director, her original pilots Mizz Miraculous and The Brothers Sisters screened at NYTVF in 2014 & 2013. She’s directed videos for truTV, Funny or Die, The Special Without Brett Davis, Two Minutes to Late Night, Nerdist, and various music videos. Her web series Queer Bones, Punks, My Dead Lesbian Ex-Girlfriend, and many others have screened at Channel 101 in both New York and Los Angeles.
As an actress, she has appeared in The Special Without Brett Davis, Two Minutes to Late Night, Adult Swim’s Fart-Copter, the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare, and various sketches on Funny or Die, The Hard Times, UCBComedy, and Nerdist.
As a stand-up, she's performed all over New York and Los Angeles: Power Violence, Sleepaway Camp, Holy Fuck, Future Forms, The Macauley Culkin Show, The Hard Times Showcase, The Cinder Block Comedy Fest, and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans, only to name a few. In Los Angeles, she was the co-host of Not For Nothin’ with Erin Lampart at Echoes Under Sunset and Extra Credit with Christian Spicer at The Clubhouse.
As an improviser, she was on the UCBLA Harold Team Mister Town City, Mess Hall Team LaserDisc, the LA indie-darlings Varmint, the Magnet Theater's Featherweight, and was a host of Mach Improv.
She can also play the guitar, is learning to play the drums, and owns no less than 7 differently colored vegan leather jackets.