Top 15 Comedians

Stacey Prussman#10. STACEY PRUSSMAN


The daughter of a comedy devotee, Astoria comedian Stacey Prussman grew up listening to Richard Pryor and Joan Rivers, but her first foray into stand-up only occurred well after she’d established a career as an actress. It wasn’t until 2002, when she was asked by a friend to co-host a comedy night, that she took a stab at the medium.

“I wrote a few jokes, and it went decently,” she said. “I had been doing comedic roles before so I was kind of doing stand-up without doing it. So it wasn’t a disaster, thank God.”

Within months, Prussman was quickly beginning to book shows around the tristate area, and soon transitioned into focusing on standup as her primary career.

Now a regular on radio staples like the Howard Stern Show and the Emmy award-winning PBS show Great Places to Live, Prussman’s career comprises a diverse body of work. In addition to her stand-up and radio appearances, she regularly speaks on eating disorder and body image issues at college campuses, and has recently created her own podcast, “The Stacey Prussman Hour.”

“I’ve just been having different friends over, and we just talk and figure out what’s going on in their heads,” she said. “It’s really fun. I have a great time.”

Now a 13-year stand-up veteran, Prussman says the biggest change in her career has been the risks she’s willing to take.

“The risk taking is what excites me now,” she said. “I take the risks and get the laughs and that makes it more exciting.”

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