Funny Woman: On Being a Jewish Latina Comedian – with Joanna Hausmann

Joanna Hausmann on Being a Jewish, Latina, Female Comedian

Hailing from Venezuela, Joanna Hausmann is a comedian, writer and producer with a popular show on Flama. An opinionated “Jewtina” living in New York, Joanna revels in comparing and celebrating the bicultural world she lives in.

Joanna’s viral creations have garnered over 30 million views and have been featured in places like Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, NPR and the BBC.

Joanna Hausmann Episode Highlights

• 1:31 – On being a Jewish, Latina, female comedian: how never really fitting in forged Joanna’s early awareness of who she is
• 2:00 – Joanna shares her comedic process (“comedy is about understanding and observing the idiosyncrasies around you”)
• 18:10 – The power of funny: How Joanna handles criticism that she’s unladylike and challenges the double standard that says that women are not funny
• 18:45 – How she highlights the imperfections of a stereotype while embracing it in a humorous light
• 21:23 – “People are more willing to open their minds when they’re laughing.” Joanna talks about gender equality and dynamics in the comedy industry
• 35:02 – Joanna offers a modern definition of femininity: “embracing whatever you feel proudest about as a woman”
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1. Favorite book for women?

2. Favorite self-care hack?

  • Listening to podcasts on the way to work every morning

3. Who’s a valuable mentor you would like to acknowledge?

  • Her mom, for being a strong, independent woman and pushing Joanna to embrace who she is

4. Female CEO or thought leader you’re into right now?

5. One piece of advice you’d give your 5 years younger self?

  • “Stop trying to find yourself and just be yourself”

Resources and People Mentioned

• Joanna’s website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
Kim Scott
Brene Brown


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