Nora Nolan was born and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey and she never shuts up about it. Lauryn Hill went to her high school and Nora feels an enormous sense of urgency about sharing this fact before it is completely irrelevant (no offense to Ms. Hill).
Nora earned her chops as a stand-up comic in New York City and Washington, DC before moving to Los Angeles in 2013. Since 2014, she has trained at Upright Citizens Brigade and completed Improv 101-401, as well as Sketch Writing 101. She can be seen performing both stand-up and improv regularly around LA.
Nora has written several episodic web series for production company Whalerock Industries (formerly BermanBraun), including 7 Wonders of the Wall, a celebrity joke show that regularly got a million views, and Mandatory Viewing, a pop culture comedy show aimed at men that ran for 32 weeks.
She’s written numerous one-off sketch videos for the production company, including the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/Orange is the New Black Mash-up, and the 2015 Kid Oscars, where kids acted out scenes from Oscar-nominated films. During the filming of the latter, Nora learned the true definition of the word “momager.” Based on the success of the 2015 Kid Oscars, Nora was hired in April 2016 to write three new sketches for the production company, with kids acting out scenes from Grey’s Anatomy, Empire, and The Voice.
Nora credits her willingness to push comedy boundaries to growing up in a large Irish Catholic family where in order to get a word in edgewise you either had to lead with a case of Bud Heavy or an edgy punch line. Since Nora didn’t get a fake ID until she was 19, she spent years refining the latter.
Nora was arrested for her fake ID when she was 20. The judge in Williamsburg, Virginia (where she was earning a BA in Economics from The College of William and Mary) made an example out of her by sentencing her to 100 hours of community service. To get her hours in, Nora spent all of winter break volunteering for the Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ and honestly it wasn’t that bad. Therefore, Nora did not learn her lesson. She still uses a fake ID, to this day.
In 2015, Nora was hired to do a page-one rewrite of a sitcom pilot, Written Off, which was subsequently shot in March 2016. Nora was on set for the shoot in Chicago, Illinois and was severely underdressed. The pilot is now available on Amazon (free on Amazon Prime).
When she’s not writing or performing, Nora is drinking IPAs, debating whether it’s too late to take up surfing, and watching offensive amounts of television.