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Ndidi Oriji

Ndidi Oriji has been called the “Ken Burns of Comedy”, mostly due to her epic multi-part joke series about the American Civil War.

Ndidi was born in New Jersey, the first daughter of Nigerian students who were sent to America on Nigerian government scholarships to learn the ways of the white man. While accumulating various degrees, they decided to bring Ndidi into the world and raise her in Nigeria and in California. Like most children of Nigerian immigrants, Ndidi was brought up to be anything she wanted to be – as long as it was a lawyer, a doctor, or an engineer. When she discovered at age 9 that being the Chief Communications Officer of the Starship Enterprise was not a “real job”, Ndidi enthusiastically chose lawyer.

After graduating from NYU law school and practicing corporate law at Paul, Weiss for about a year, Ndidi realized that her lawyer muscles were getting incredibly well developed but her creative muscles were beginning to atrophy. In an attempt to counteract this 1950’s era muscle man effect (ripped upper body, teeny tiny legs), Ndidi started performing improv at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre (NY), studying with fantastic teachers like Chris Gethard and Curtis Gwinn. Ndidi later moved on to the Magnet Theater where she studied improv with the great Armando Diaz and performed with the improv group Reality TV Live. With 5 years of the gateway drug known as improv under her belt, Ndidi realized her true calling and started performing stand-up.

Ndidi has performed at venues across New York City including Comic Strip Live, Comedy Cellar, the Underground Lounge, Village Underground, and Gotham Comedy Club. She has also performed across New York State with the Ladies of Laughter. Ndidi co-produces a monthly comedy show in Brooklyn called Comedy Diaspora featuring a hilarious lineup of up and coming comedians. In addition to stand-up Ndidi has appeared as an actor in the award winning mockumentary short film The Humberville Poetry Slam. Ndidi is also a gifted guest actor appearing in the web series It’s a Chucked Up Life and Lousine: Lesbian Matchmaker to the Straights. Ndidi has been a guest contributor on the race and pop culture blog Racialious.

Ndidi spends all of her free time listening to music by her husband Vincent – the greatest DJ in the world.

Awards and Recognition: Senior Class Clown, Arroyo Grande High School 1995, Junior Class Homecoming Princess, Arroyo Grande High School 1994, Long Jump Record Holder (18’4″), Arroyo Grande High School 1994.

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