Mara Shapshay

Mara Shapshay
Los Angeles, California,
December 27
Mara Shapshay is a writer/comedian/performer who has a BFA from NYU Film and an MFA from the American Film Institute. She just started her blog, It is her fake dieting site to encourage everyone to stop dieting. She is a stand-up comic who performs regularly at The Comedy Store, Improv, Laugh Factory, and many other venues. Mara writes for The Huffington Post, The Hollywood Journal, The Jewish Journal, The and Glamour Magazine. She can be seen in an episode of season 6’s Kathy Griffin’s – Life On The D-List. In her spare time she sues Jenny Craig.

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The definition of a miracle is when the seemingly impossible becomes possible.  One could say it was a miracle that Henry Waxman decided to retire thus making Marianne Williamson a much stronger contender for his vacated 33rd District, congressional seat. 


Marianne Williamson knowRead full post »

Do you want to lose ten pounds in two days just by eating Cinnabons and mozzarella sticks?!  Well you’ve come to the wrong place.  Sorry, I had to get your attention.

Some of you may recognize me from being on TMZ, People Magazine, USA Today and every other publication, radio… Read full post »

Dear Gwyneth and Mackenzie:

I wanted to write you both to tell you that you have zero gratitude.  Gwyneth, your comments to E! about how a 9 to 5 job would be easier for a mother than working as a highly paid, A-list actress was so out of touch withRead full post »


Why do young men commit mass shootings in our schools?  What makes them turn to gun violence?  Since the Sandy Hook shootings the debate has gone on ad infinitum about media violence, gun control and mental health.  Who dropped the ball and how do we fix it?  Everyone is bl/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2013 8:22PM

Losing Our Religion (And Journalism)

When I was a little girl I worshipped Lois Lane.  Not the 50's version Lois Lane, but the 1978 Margo Kidder version from the movie "Superman" with Christopher Reeve.  I was so inspired by Margo that I got bangs and decided to become a reporter just like her.  IRead full post »

JANUARY 31, 2013 2:46PM

The Common Good

     The Internet has changed the way that news is presented.  Gone are the days of three major network television stations and city newspapers.  Unfortunately, along with the change in the press landscape, objectivity in journalism has all but disappeared.  Viewers/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2012 4:31PM

An Icon Took Me In

(This article orginally published on The 9/12)

In 2005, when I was new to recovery and didn’t have anywhere to live, a celebrity allowed me to live with her. I love being able to stand on my own but boy do I miss the fluffy white pillows—not to mention… Read full post »

My ex-husband handled our finances, the car maintenance and basically everything manly around the house from un-clogging the toilets to changing light bulbs. I did the laundry, cooked and cleaned…well let’s be honest there was a lot of take-out and I’m not very adept with Pine-Sol… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2012 10:29PM

Whip Out The Truth

On-line dating is like playing poker in Vegas, you get lucky and win a few hands, but mostly you lose.  In the end, the house always wins. Think about it, those dating sites are making a mint off of us! The majority of my dates from on-line dating were with theRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2011 3:16PM

The Homeless Serving The Homeless

My first Thanksgiving after my divorce I thought was going to be my most awful ever but it was actually my greatest.   It really put the “thanks” in Thanksgiving and made me grateful for what little I had at the time.

I think we’ve all had those times where the rug… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2011 2:35PM

The Joke Is On Me

I grew up in a funny family.  Jokes were always being told at holiday gatherings, weddings or trips to the Podiatrist.  Comedy was in my blood or in the water in Brooklyn where my family is from; I'm not sure which.  My sense of humor also developed out of necessity.… Read full post »