Nina G is a stuttering comedian and dyslexic writer. She is also a disability activist, storyteller, children's book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.
When she isn’t performing at comedy clubs like the San Francisco Punchline or the Laugh Factory, she is playing colleges and presenting as a keynote speaker to children with disabilities and training professionals! Nina is part of the comedy troupe The Comedians with Disabilities Act, which brings laughter and awareness to audiences across the country.
She is the author of a children’s book titled, Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities, that helps children and adults advocate for their rights as a person with a Disability. Nina is currently working on her second book, Stutterer Interrrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand Up Comedian, which is due out August 2019.
In 2015 Nina released her one person show, Going Beyond Inspirational. Her comical exploration about growing up with Learning and Speech Disabilities was performed across the country in colleges, benfit shows and keynote presentations. Since the release Nina has performed the show across the country for colleges and fund raisers.
For 2018-2019 Nina is touring colleges, corporate events and benefits around the country telling her story and educating audiences about Disability issues while making them laugh!
- Once Upon An Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities Once Upon an Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities depicts the main character, Matt, getting accommodations through a 504 meeting/plan. Many children and adults receive accommodations under a 504 plan. Some children may also have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), but the IEP expires when they exit high school. A 504 plan with appropriate documentation can be extend into college. In that vein, college students recently diagnosed with a Learning Disability may also enjoy and benefit from the information in this book.
- Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand-Up Comedian If you stutter or know someone who does, you know the reactions many people have. Nina G has experienced everything from hearing “You are such an inspiration" and "If I talked like you I wouldn’t talk at all,” to funny looks and inquiries about whether she was having a stroke mid-repetition. People often interrupt, thinking it’s helpful to guess what she is going to say. But it isn’t just the interruptions from others that created a barrier for this comedian. Even worse were the self-imposed interruptions due to the stigma she internalized as a person who stutters. As a child, Nina wanted nothing more than to be a comedian. Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand Up Comedian is Nina’s story about how stuttering caused her first to abandon her dreams, then embark on a journey towards embracing her voice that culminated in a career as one of only a handful of stuttering stand-up comedians working today. Nina takes the reader through her lifelong experience of feelings that range from isolation, shame and hopelessness and the transformation that led to her realizing her comedic voice. Through stand-up comedy, stuttering comedian Nina G challenges the status quo in how people who stutter are perceived onstage and off. In the 1960s, psychologist Joseph Sheehan created the analogy of the “stuttering iceberg,” in which the tip of the iceberg is only what people hear (the stutter), and all that is underwater are such emotions as shame, guilt, and denial. Using humor and easy to follow explanations, Nina G turns this analogy on its head, substituting negative emotions with positive ones such as acceptance, pride, and kindness. She illustrates how both of the icebergs played a part in her development as a person and as a comedian. Nina’s road to realizing her lifelong dream of stand-up comedy has been paved with hilariously outrageous advice she has received, stories such as masking her stuttering during her teen years by "being weird,” and encounters with people using stuttering-related pickup lines. She shares all these with the reader in her singularly quirky and humorous tone. Stutterer Interrupted will be released in Summer 2019!