Tess Barker is a Los Angeles-based writer and nationally touring comedian who has appeared at the Comedy Central Stage, Meltdown Comics, UCB, and at clubs and colleges throughout the country. She has written for TVLand's Throwing Shade, TruTV's Billy on the Street, and is regularly published on a number of outlets, including Vice, The Guardian, Vox, MTV News, Jezebel, and L.A Weekly, where her work has ranged from investigative pieces about wage inequity in professional cheerleading to profiles of icons like Charo and Betsey Jonson. She was one of the hosts of Ovation TV's Broadway Bash - a talk show devoted to the television show Smash. She holds a B.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University, and is the co-bookwriter and lyricist of Time Between Us, an original two-person musical, which premiered in New York as part of the 2011 New York Musical Theater festival, where it was named Critic's Pick, and has since enjoyed a number of regional productions, including at Serenbe Playhouse in Atlanta, GA. She is one of the producers and hosts of Lady to Lady, a popular podcast, live talk show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles; and regular SnapChat series on Comedy Central. Her work has been performed and studied at schools including Emerson College and Yale University. When she's not writing or doing stand up, Tess enjoys dogs, running, and talking about Britney Spears.