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Wambui Bahati

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Wambui Won 2nd Runner Up as "NYC's Most Awesome Comedian 2011"

Wambui was born in Greensboro, North Carolina during segregation and Jim Crow Laws. She learned at an early age the necessity of a sense of humor and the healing power of laughter and comedy.

Named John Washington at birth, (her mother predicted she would be a boy and therefore named her after her father. Even though she was born a girl, her mother was never one to admit when she was wrong. So, she kept the name John Washington for her daughter. She did change the middle name from Louis to Ann) Wambui Bahati is her new legal name taken on during the "reinvention of herself." In Swahili Wambui means "singer of songs," Bahati means, "my fortune is good."

She left the Carolinas to attend New York University School of the Arts as an acting major.

Her Broadway, regional and touring credits include starring roles in Godspell, The Magic Show, Joseph Papp's rock version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Little Ham, Nunsense, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, Gone With the Wind –the musical, The Wiz and Crowns.

She has been a Broadway star. She has been on welfare. She was told she would spend the rest of her life in mental institutions. She has been homeless. She has dined with a former President of the United States.

Wambui has written, produced and stars in the award-winning one-woman shows Balancing Act - the musical and I Am Domestic Violence. Both shows have received national acclaim for the unique way that they provide outstanding entertainment while dealing with important issues in our communities.

 

She is the author of three books including the highly acclaimed, tell-all, humorous autobiographical empowerment book, You Don't Know Crazy - My Life Before, During, After, Above and Beyond Mental Illness.

She lives in New York City and is the proud mother of two adult daughters.

www.wambuicomedy.com

 

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