From the first moment, Vanessa Hollingshead hit the stage, waiting well over 4 hours at an “Open Mic” to do 5 minutes of comedy…..she knew she was “home.” She would temp all over the city during the day as a word-processor and be in the clubs at night to perform. She often slept in the bathrooms at work, or on her lunch hour. Vanessa never looked back. It paid off. After two years, she was able to make a living being a working comic.

She often jokes about real things. As a child, she spent a year at Millbrook Mansion with her father, Michael Hollingshead, who introduced Timothy Leary and Sir Paul McCartney to LSD. “I don’t have childhood memories, I have flashbacks.” At five years old she took LSD by accident.

She was in and out of different homes and schools. Her mom was smoking pot and taking amphetamines, which she, of course, gave to Vanessa to help clean the apartment. She lived briefly with her dad in Boston, England, then in Scotland. By 18 she was back in NYC and got a scholarship to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatrical Institute. Vanessa was always like a sponge and could meet anyone once and impersonate them. She found humor in daily life and that was what created her angst on stage as a comic. She divides her time doing stand up, acting, playwriting, painting, and playing keyboards and Karaoke.

Vanessa was recently on VH1’s Lords of the Revolution, has had her own Comedy Central Presents, has taped her second DVD at Gotham, “American Anglomaniac” and is taping her third DVD, “Drunk” at Stand Up New York, October 17th. She was one of the first comics to go out to the Middle East when the war started. She has performed for Comedy Central in Australia, as well as numerous shows in the UK and Amsterdam, she also has had critical acclaim with her one-woman show “Flashback”, and just complete her second one person show, called “The Hold”.

When not working, twittering, face-booking, she is active in helping people that have had serious drug/alcohol problems and performs in prisons and institutions, and for the VA Hospitals in the NY Area. Her husband Lucien Hold passed away from complications due to Scleroderma, and she is active with that organization.

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Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 12 
8:30 PM

New York Comedy Club East Village

H. Foley, Neko White, Rell Battle, Sherrod Small, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 13 
8:00 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 13 
8:30 PM

New York Comedy Club East Village

Dante Nero, H. Foley, Matt Richards, Rell Battle, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 13 
10:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 13 
10:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 14 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 14 
10:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 15 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 16 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 17 
8:30 PM

Broadway Comedy Club Theater District

Brian McFadden, IAN LARA, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 17 
9:00 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 18 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 19 
8:30 PM

Broadway Comedy Club Theater District

Brian McFadden, Harrison Greenbaum, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 19 
9:00 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 20 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 20 
10:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 21 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 21 
10:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 22 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 23 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 24 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 25 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 26 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 27 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 27 
10:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 28 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 28 
10:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 29 
8:30 PM

Dangerfield's Comedy Club Upper East Side

Clayton Fletcher, Quentin Heggs, Teddy Smith, Vanessa Hollingshead
Dec 30 
8:30 PM