Sofiya is a writer and comedian who grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 11. You might have seen her on Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening talking about her grandpa’s dick surgery while using some colorful Russian. Sofiya’s written on Amazon’s Danger & Eggs, an Emmy-winning animated series starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant. She’s been featured as a standup at Limestone, Laughing Skull, Women in Comedy, Out of Bounds, and many other comedy festivals.
Sofiya was named one of The Fifty Funniest Women on Twitter by Playboy and one of 18 Funny Women You Should Be Following by Huffington Post. Her tweets regularly appear on Mandatory, Buzzfeed, Splitsider, Funny or Die, and HuffPo. Her mystery-lineup comedy variety show SURPRISE! was featured in LAist, LA Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, OneThingLA, and WeLikeLA.
She currently co-hosts Private Parts Unknown, a comedy-travel podcast that uncovers stories about love and sexuality around the world. It’s dope.
AND she beat breast cancer, but if cancer is listening, THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE.
Emma Arnold has been on a tear as of late, releasing a new hour of material in each of the last three calendar years. On this, her newest hour, she puts together a wonderful set, drawing on personal life events, regaling the crowd with misadventures of clothes shopping and playing with friends as a child. As benign as those two subjects may seem, the payoffs are unreal and offer some lighthearted moments to counter the hilarious and heavy chunk of material dealing with abortion and women’s reproductive rights that anchors the hour. Emma is electric as she confronts one of this era’s most touchy subjects with a confidence, tact and perspective rarely touched by comics - or anyone, when dealing with such heavy subject matter.
“One of the most hardworking comics in the industry.” -Forbes
“Emma Arnold proves vulnerability is hilarious.” -Paste
“The Boise-bred comic has confidently and unapologetically reached new heights” -Vanyaland
“Her material is often personal and intimate, and it seems that nothing is off-limits...” -Idaho Statesman