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Martha Cooney is a writer and comedian from Philadelphia. She released her first essay collection, Walk Me Through Your Resume, in 2023. Martha writes a regular humor newsletter “YO from Martha Cooney” and hosts the popular Philly variety comedy show YO Live. She is a winner of The Moth GrandSLAM storytelling competition and a frequent First Person Arts Winning Storyteller and Audience Favorite.

For eight years Martha produced and hosted interactive shows based on stories from kids, performed by Philly's best improv comedians with her company, StoryUP!.

Martha made her comedy debut in a Dublin, Ireland hostel in 2008 in exchange for a night's free stay. She has performed on countless stages and in more than a few libraries, but not yet in a laundromat.

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