Marianne Ways has been producing live comedy and music events in New York City since 2003. Recently, she was hailed as a “tastemaker” and “one of the most important gatekeepers in Brooklyn’s fertile stand-up scene” by The New York Times. In addition to producing live events, Marianne runs MWAYS Productions—a comedy consulting, casting, and production company specializing in connecting a variety of clients with comedic and celebrity talent.

Recent clients and projects include Bonnaroo, HBO’s 2 Dope Queens, The United Nations (yes, that U.N.), truTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, Montreal Comedy Festival, HQ Trivia App, Tig Notaro’s Bentzen Ball, Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, and Butterboy with Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins.


MWAYS Productions
Producer / Casting Producer / Comedy Consultant
New York, NY – 3/16 to present

Casting / Booking
• HBO’s 2 Dope Queens
• truTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks
• Night Train with Wyatt Cenac and Debate Wars for NBC’s Seeso
• Sasheer Zamata Party Time for Above Average
• HQ Trivia
• The Lincoln Project’s LPTV
• Spiegelworld Las Vegas
• Podcasts: Don’t Ask Tig, The Antidote, Live From Here with Chris Thile, Hey Mayne with Kenny Mayne
• plus multiple pilots and commercial and internal projects

Television Producing
• Night Train with Wyatt Cenac – EP
• David Cross: I’m From the Future – EP
• Sasheer Zamata Party Time – Producer
• Jenny Zigrino: Jen Z – Producer

Live Events
• Bonnaroo
• Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival
• New York Comedy Festival
• New York Magazine
• Refinery29
• Outside Lands
• SF Sketchfest
• Comedy Central’s Clusterfest
• Time Out New York and may more

Feature article in The New York Times: The Art and Anxiety of Booking a Hit Comedy Showcase (Cover of Feb. 22, 2018 Sunday Arts section)

Butterboy with Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla & Maeve Higgins
Brooklyn, NY – 11/17 to present

2 Dope Queens HBO Specials
Casting Producer
Brooklyn, NY – Seasons 1 and 2, 2017-2018

Bonnaroo Music and Comedy Festival
Comedy Producer
Manchester, TN – 4/11 to 6/18

Night Train with Wyatt Cenac
Live Show Booker & Producer / Series EP and Casting Producer
Brooklyn, NY – 10/12 to 11/17

Seeso Presents at SXSW
Talent Booker and Coordinator
New York, NY – 12/16 to 3/17

Debate Wars with Michael Ian Black
Casting Producer
New York, NY – 4/16 to 8/16

The Gersh Agency
Comedy/Personal Appearance Agent
New York, NY – 12/14 to 3/16

MTV’s The State Reunion
Festival Supreme, Los Angeles, CA – 8/14 to 10/14

Union Hall / The Bell House
Talent Buyer / Comedy Booking Consultant
Brooklyn, NY – 8/13 to 12/14

How Was Your Week? LIVE! with Julie Klausner and Ted Leo
Brooklyn, NY – 10/11 to 10/12

Official Comedy’s “Geeking Out” and “Worst Gig Ever”
Casting Director
New York, NY – 6/13 to 12/13

Dailymotion’s Profound Minutiae at SXSW
Talent Booker
New York, NY and Austin, NY – 2/13 to 3/13
Guests include: Rob Zombie, Harmony Korine, Chloë Sevigny, Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Natasha Leggero, Alex Winter, Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, W. Kamau Bell and Janine Brito of “FX’s Totally Biased” astronaut Ron Garan.

My Damn Channel LIVE
Talent Booker
New York, NY – 3/12 to 12/13

Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen
Brooklyn, NY – 7/10 to 10/12

Wet Hot American Summer 10 Year Anniversary Shows
New York, NY and Brooklyn, NY – 6/11 to 7/11

Bonnaroo College Comedy Tour
Talent and Sponsorship Relations
Various Cities, US – 4/10 to 5/10

Foster Entertainment / Puppetry of the Pen!s
Production Associate / Tour Manager
New York, NY and Canada – 8/09 to 2/10

Comix Comedy Nightclub
Associate Director of Programming
New York, NY – 5/08 to 4/09

The Onion
Events and Promotions Director
New York, NY – 1/07 to 5/08

Bobby’s Beautiful Bed and Breakfast for Super Deluxe
Casting Producer
New York, NY – 11/06 to 1/07

Bro’in Out with Leo Allen and Tony Camin
Talent Booker / Producer
New York, NY – 11/05 to 8/07

Wet Hot American Summer Midnight Screenings / STELLA at Fez
Event Coordinator, Production Assistant
New York, NY – 10/03 to 4/04


Bryce Jordan Center Arena
Marketing Coordinator
State College, PA – 10/02 to 8/03