Jacquetta Szathmari is a New York based comedy writer, performer, producer, and contrarian who persists in using the Oxford comma and refused to write this in the first person.
A native of extremely rural Maryland, her observations on race/class relations and the failures of modern society are presented from a unique perspective with a rapier wit that will cut a bitch. Szathmari’s comedy has been called “crackingly smart, funny, philosophical, and often politically incorrect” by the LA Weekly. Others have called it “just down right offensive”; and those were fans.
Her shows "That's funny. You didn't sound black on the phone." and “That Old Black Magic” have captured the hearts and wallets of NYC and LA audiences. “That’s Funny…” was a Backstage Critic’s Pick and a ‘10 Hollywood Fringe Festival Best Comedy Nominee. Szathmari has hosted shows and slung jokes like hash in comedy clubs all over NYC and even studied and performed at the PIT and UCB. She performs with burlesque artists whenever she can.
She is the founder and artistic director of The Festival of the Offensive (F-OFF), an independent theatre festival dedicated to showcasing live performances that otherwise might not be produced because the establishment doesn't have the balls to produce them.
A member of the Center for Fiction, her work has also been featured in Literary Death Match and the Sticky playwright’s series. If you like to read, you can avail yourself of her interviews in the New York Times Best Seller “How to Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston and “Don’t Bring Home a White Boy” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Hunter.
Ever the talker, you can hear her go on and on about the coming robopacalyspe, penises, Jason Bateman, and tales of the paranormal as co-hostand co-producer of the comedy podcast Hey You Know It.
Szathmari is recent graduate of Hunter College's MA in Urban Planning program. In her left hand she holds a degree in Medieval Studies and Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a MSTESOL from City College. In her right she holds a membership card for the Libertarian Party because she wants more freedom than she can handle. Concurrent to her career in entertainment, she has taught ESL and writing for about a decade in Budapest, D.C., and New York at a number of highbrow bastions of private education including The New School, Manhattan College, and Columbia University. She is also a K-12 NYCDOE certified ESL teacher. She is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Mt. St. Vincent MSTESOL program and at Fordham University where she teaches Urbanism. A natural wordsmith (not her words) who likes to pay her mortgage, she has put down ink for outlets ranging from Mad Money’s Jim Cramer to major fashion brands she can’t even afford to wear and has worked as a ghostwriter for "none of your business thank you very much".