Featured Member: Jo Mani

This beautiful Utah native may be best known for her sultry singing and acting chops, but it is Jo Mani’s recent stab at stand up comedy that is getting Hollywood’s attention. Jo is one of four female comics who recently took the stage on the “Dee Undaground”comedy tour. She specializes in “Crazy” as they say. She has demonstrated her bizarre gift for comedic timing through her characters and spontaneous, outrageous physical comedy. “She’s Jim Carrey and Jamie Foxx rolled up in one..only with breasts“.

Entertaining has been Jo’s passion since she was a child, her love for the performing arts was ignited after playing the lead role as “Danielle” in her Middle school Musical “Coming of Age”. After graduating college, Jo started her professional acting career in the early 1990’s doing background work for TV’s “Touched By An Angel“. Jo was fortunate to work with the likes of Della Reese, Louis Gossett Jr., Kadeem Hardison, Holly Robinson Pete, Corbin Bernson, Jennifer Lewis, Sherman Helmsley, and Loretta divine just to name a few..

A former member of the local R&B musical group “Total Efekt”, Jo’s diverse and multi-cultural background has allowed her to expand her musical repertoire. Simply saying, the girl can sang. Proving over and over she can blow the roof off with some Patti, then bring it down with a good Ole’ Barbara show tune, and then shock you with some Barry… Manilow that is.

Jo’s recent recognition on the comedy stage has catapulted her film career helping her carve out a permanent place in Hollywood. Blessed with a unique and “Ethnically Ambiguous exterior’ this increasingly sought-after actress continues to thrive in the entertainment industry. Jo has been seen live on stage at various venues, such at the World Famous Laugh Factory. Jo was also applauded for her recent performance as the lead in Del Shores highly acclaimed play “Daughters Of The Lone Star State”. Jo took on the supporting role of “Lakota” in the comedy film, “Four 1 Liberation Front“, as well as the schizoid reporter in “Behind the Seams”. Then on to the role of sexy seductive “Sera” in the greatly anticipated dark comedy “Absolute Debauchery”.

Catch Jo in the upcoming BET/EVE comedy feature “The Tune Up“, set to shoot early 2009‘. Jo then takes on the role of clueless and frumpy “Agness” in the forthcoming All-star film “Fiesta” based on the NY Times Best selling Novel “Azucar Morena” By Shelley Hallima.

Notorious for her humor, Jo flexes her dramatic muscles with a minor role in the Starz/Ghost House Productions upcoming dramatic series “The Resistance” Set in a Post apocalyptic war torn era. You can also see her as the adoring Mrs. Brooks in the chilling Suspense Thriller “Next To Die”.
This talented triple threat continues to develop her craft and blossom as a working actress, while residing in the greater Los Angeles area…

-Landed a pilot with a recurring role also staring Jean-Claude Lamarre who writes and directs(seen in Dead Presidents, Malcom X) , Clifton Powell, Sherri Lee Ralph, Paula Jai Parker(Hustle N Flow), Trina McGee.

-Just wrapped HITMEN” where she plays the role of a crackhead

The Indie Dark Comedy film Absolute Debauchery is being screened in LA on May 14th at the Elevate Lounge.
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