We Stand Comedy formed in March 2014. Spearheaded by female comedians with a united sense of funny, the goal was small: produce live shows and digital content. Exactly a year later, Tara Cannistraci and Kimberley Hellem legally bound themselves at a gas station off the New Jersey Turnpike. It was official, We Stand Comedy was a LLC. In the last five years, We Stand Comedy has performed, created, consulted, and grown into a comedic production house with large accomplishments and never-ending goals. To date, the duo has raised over $40,000 for various foundations, and grown their client base to include: The Guardian House, Dancing for a Cure (Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Child Reach Foundation (Chazz & Gianna Palminteri), Color + Information (L’Oreal) and more!
Meet Tara Cannistraci
Tara, a stand-up comedian, writer, and producer, has taken her talents to television, film, Off-Broadway, and center field from 2009-2013 as the New York Yankees scoreboard host & reporter. She wrote for and was featured on SportsNet New York. A proud member of the Friars Club and one of Danny Aiello’s Italian Chicks, Tara’s production company, We Stand Comedy, will be producing their second show for Chazz Palminteri in the Spring. She performs regularly in NYC and will be heading back to Canada in March to perform at Yuk Yuk’s Niagara Falls. Important sidebar: Tara’s first words were “Here’s Johnny.”
Meet Kimberley Hellem
Hellem started her comedy career in Chicago where she graduated from Second City’s Conservatory Program. Her early days were spent writing for Pottymouth TV and the award-winning sketch group Adjusted Gratuity. As a producer and interviewer, her recent credits include: Shell, Shiseido, L’Oreal, Creed, Rita Hazan, Zumba and Tigerbeat. You can catch her bringing humor to old homes on Circa Houses, writing comedic copy for ColdGirlCares.com, and performing improv with Montclair Improv Comedy. Hellem is currently working on We Stand Comedy’s scripted series “Rehab”, and lives to make you, yes you, laugh. Fun fact: Hellem started her NY story at Circle in the Square Theatre School.