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Dina Pearlman

  I was born in New Jersey and raised in the fair hamlet of Teaneck, home of the Isley Brothers.

After 4 years at Carnegie Mellon University, I came to New York to pursue acting professionally. I languished in sorrow and Fritos for a year and half, enduring a steady stream of rejection, broken occasionally by an appearance in a sparsely attended showcase production of an obscure play, somewhere obscure.

One day, after having received a particularly painful rejection, I decided to get up off my tuchis and head down to Gladys' Comedy Room to try my hand at stand-up comedy. I wrote my act on the 2nd avenue bus whilst travelling between 81st and 53rd streets, had two gin and tonics, got up on the stage and killed. I then decided that while acting would always be my first love, stand-up was a way to get my performing jones out in the meantime.                           Shortly thereafter I landed a sketch comedy pilot on ABC, followed by some regional theater, followed by a Spike Lee movie, followed by more theater and TV and so it went. Somehow or another, this ol' goofus from New Jersey had herself an acting career.

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