Ester Steinberg
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Ester Steinberg

Kent, Washington, United States

Kent, Washington, United States
Solo Comedy



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"What Do NYU Comedians Look Like?"

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the National College Comedy Competition, which featured several talented comedians from our very own NYU against the prestigious and name-droppy Ivy Leaguer, Manhattan Marymont College. The website now allows you to vote for one of those kids to move on in the competition, but also it allows you to embed videos of their comedy acts, which should provide you with several chuckles and cackles, and if you’re really into it, perhaps a guffaw or two. Videos after the jump.
- NYU Local

"NYU squares off against Marymount Manhattan in College Comedy Competition"

Nevertheless, four winners from each team were selected to move on to the next round, and because no one cares about Marymount, the winners from NYU were Ester Steinberg, Andrew Tavin, Danny Jolles, and Alex Edelman (a real-live NYU Local commenter, yay!). In the three minutes each comedian was given to deliver their best jokes, the four NYUers were able to dish out some surprisingly effective jokes considering they barely had enough time to get past “Oh hi I’m so-and-so, and this is a funny thing about my sex/religion/visible skin condition which has left my skin as cold and dead as my heart.”
Notably, there was only one female NYU contestant at the competition, Ester Steinberg, which is also emblematic of the entire field of stand-up comedy. She noted that women experience a mixed bag when doing comedy, that while on one hand she often stands out more, she also gets hit-on by hoards of gangly men in cut-offs, and for those reasons can’t don the comfortably comedic role of a socially awkward Orthodox Jewish comedian. Her methods often have to be more unorthodox.

- NYU Local

"Rodeph Sholom in Tampa sends off dynamic cantor in style"

Another self-starter, Ester Steinberg, 20, attends New York University and has performed standup comedy in clubs around New York and Los Angeles. Her tribute came by way of jokes that cracked up the crowd. - Tampa Bay Times

"Time Out New York Joke of the Week"

I'm Jewish and I'm dating a Muslim guy. The only thing we have in common is that we both hate my parents. - Time Out New York


Still working on that hot first release.



Ester began performing stand-up on the high school lunch tables and soon graduated to the campus of New York University. While attending NYU she took full advantage of the city's thriving comedy scene and quickly became a regular at Caroline's New Talent Night. Before long she was touring the country and opening up for comedians Own Benjamin, Bobby Collins, and Shawn Pelofsky.

Now residing in Hollywood, she plays regularly at comedy clubs including Laugh Factory, Comedy Store, and the Improv. She has appeared in Time Out New York Magazine,, New York Post, NYU local, and the Jewish Press. She has toured colleges with Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, Skidmore College Comedy Festival, Rooftop Comedy's College Competition (finalist), NYU's "Make Me Laugh" comedy festival, the Ventura Comedy Festival, and the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival.