The Thirty-Fifth One... and Naomi Ekperigin


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Wendi and Dfernando's thirty-fifth episode is actress, writer, stand-up comedienne & producer Naomi Ekperigin.

After graduating from college, Naomi Ekperigin spent a year touring with the National Theatre for the Deaf, and she returned to New York in 2007 where she got her start doing stand-up while working a day job at an art magazine. When that magazine folded in 2013, Ekperigin found a position working as a writer's assistant for the acclaimed Comedy Central series BROAD CITY. She was promoted to staff writer in the show's second season and served as a writer on season 3 as well.

In 2015, Ekperigin was a nominee, with the BROAD CITY writing staff, for the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Comedy Series. Splitsider praised her work as "savvy, smart, funny and politically active" and Essence named her to its list of "8 Black Comediennes Who are 'Ready' for SNL."

In May 2016, Comedy Central announced that Ekperigin would create a half-hour special for the network, taped in New Orleans in June 2016. On September 29, 2016, she made her late-night debut on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS. Her half-hour special premiered on Comedy Central just two weeks later, October 14 at midnight. Ekperigin also co-wrote a television pilot for Comedy Central with former DAILY SHOW correspondent Jessica Williams. Ekperigin has also written for the Hulu series DIFFICULT PEOPLE and has written for and appeared on TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL.

She's been a regular performer on the WNYC podcast 2 DOPE QUEENS, standing out as a fan favorite. Other projects include a pilot for TruTV called INSIDE CAUCASIA, developed with her husband, comedian Andy Beckerman.

In June 2017, she joined the writing staff of the NBC sitcom GREAT NEWS, starring Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Nicole Richie and John Michael Higgins. She then went on to write for season 2 of the CBS All Access original series NO ACTIVITY and the HBO limited series MRS. FLETCHER, starring Kathryn Hahn.

She currently co-hosts and produces the podcast COUPLES THERAPY alongside her co-host/husband Andy Beckerman.

Also on Episode 35, Wendi and Dfernando chat about store bought Christmas cookies and Matcha Snickerdoodles. And on the RIPE & ROTTEN REPORT there's Bravo's BELOW DECK franchise, discharging iPhones during winter, Chef Jake Cohen's Instagram and TikTok accounts and more of Instacart's confusing "indulgent items" suggestions.

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