I'm from San Diego and have a blind combat vet marine father. Reading and describing things to him as a kid taught me how to write. My mom is hilarious and could give a shit. She taught me how to be funny. In high school, I was one of the Top 25 Sassiest Girls in America. At Northwestern University from 1993-97, I placed twice as a finalist in the Hearst Journalism Awards and served as entertainment editor of The Daily Northwestern. In 2006 I placed first in the inaugural New York's Funniest Reporter Contest as part of the New York Underground Comedy Festival. In 2007, I was a semi-finalist in the Funniest Stand-Up in New York through the New York Comedy Festival. My writing has been published in The Village Voice, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Playgirl. I believe in love, joy, honesty and lap dances set to the theme song from "Titanic."
What I Do, Fun-wise: Spend time with funny people. To blow off steam, work out at Equinox. To blow off even more steam, play with my dog Samsung -- that is, when he's not at his second home with the awesome folks at D is for Doggy daycare.
My Motto: "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anais Nin.
My Anti-Motto: "Mandy, I just feel like you've spent such a long time trying to get famous. I care about you. Not your personal brand."
The First Movie Star I Ever Had A Crush On: Johnny Depp in "21 Jump Street." I almost became an undercover cop. Seriously.
The Most Played Song On My iTunes: "The Rabbit" by Miike Snow.
Last Book I Read Without Skimming Any Parts: "Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma: The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences" by Peter A. Levine.
My Most Worn Item of Clothing: Brown velour jacket and jeans. Alternatively: a cursed black sheer lace bodysuit from American Apparel.
Beauty Products That I Hoard: Anything Colbert MD.