Lauren Weedman’s new book, Miss Fortune: Fresh Perspectives on Having it All from Someone Who is NOT OKAY, was published by Plume in March 2016. Her first book, A Woman Trapped in a Woman’s Body, a collection of comedic essays, was named by Kirkus Review as a top ten Indie book for 2007.
Lauren is an award winning comedic actress, playwright and author. Her first show, Homecoming, began as a 15 minute performance art piece at Seattle’s On the Boards and went on to go off-Broadway in NYC. Bust, about her work in the L.A. county jail, was awarded a Macdowell Fellowship for playwriting by the Alpert Awards, as well as several “best of the arts” across the nation.
Lauren has written and performed 9 solo plays including Homecoming, Amsterdam, If Ornaments Had Lips, Huu, Rash, Wreckage, Bust, and No… You Shut Up, which was commissioned by Boise Contemporary Theater. More recently, she created and performed The People’s Republic of Portland for Portland Center Stage.
Her television credits include The Daily Show, True Blood, United States of Tara, Reno 911, Curb Your Enthusiasm, New Girl, Arrested Development. She was Doris on HBO’s Looking, and appeared as Horny Patty on HBO’s Hung.
Film credits include Imagine That, Date Night, Judd Apatow’s A Five Year Engagement starring Jason Segal, and The Gambler.
Lauren is the host of the popular Moth storytelling slam in Santa Monica.