Kemi Layeni


Kemi Layeni (or as her Social Security Card says, Oluwakemi A Layeni) is an artist, filmmaker, and stand-up comic from good ol' Hampton, Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in something that gave her massive student debt. Her comedy blends social commentary along with stories of her Nigerian upbringing as she makes audiences laugh showing them what it's like to move through the world as a semi-awkward, semi-above-average, semi-underweight, black girl. In addition to her stand up comedy, Kemi has trained at Upright Citizens Brigade and HB Studio in New York City, as well as Push Comedy Theater in Norfolk, VA. Kemi has performed in Panties in a Twist (an annual all female sketch comedy show), Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival, and Black Women in Comedy Festival. She is currently working on her web series, Quicksand, which was a semi-finalist in Sundance|YouTube New Voices Lab in 2018. Just recently Kemi wrapped up a four month stay in New York City completing the TED Residency where she worked on a super cool art project and got to give a super cool TED Talk about it.

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