Hitting the stage almost 9 years ago, Ayanna Dookie finally realized the benefit of being the fat kid, before all kids were fat, and having a last name synonymous with poo. Stand-up comedy was the reward…therapy for countless crappy dates, soul-killing jobs, and years sporting multiple chins and back titties. Although earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics, then another in Mechanical Engineering, acquiring a ton of student loan debt, an awful job with annoying coworkers, and a morning and evening commute long enough to read the bible – old and new testament, Ayanna realized she was willing to give up this life of luxury to follow her dreams and took off for NYC.
Throughout her career, there’ve been successes and memorable moments – the two not being synonymous. Ayanna recently earned a spot in the semi-finals of NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity and The She-Devil Comedy Festival. In addition, she was selected as a finalist in the New York Underground Comedy Festival Emerging Comics Competition, has appeared on Comcast-on-Demand, and helped Magooby’s Joke House earn the record of having The Longest Continuous Stand-Up Comedy Show in the World, contributing 2 out of the 82 hours of jokes.
When not performing stand-up, Ayanna hones her acting and storytelling skills. She earned her first producer and writing credit in the short film Maybe, which was a finalist in the 48 Hour Film Project in Washington, DC. Ayanna has also performed on the storytelling stage of Speakeasy DC, participating and hosting several of their Valentine’s Day showcases. She also played Annelle in the stage production of Steel Magnolias, an extremely difficult role since the character was a southern, white woman.
Ayanna continues to offer too much information about her personal life, performing throughout the country. She looks forward to sharing her unapologetic inappropriateness with audiences across the world.