After leaving a high-paying executive position at a computer company,
Balan honed her comedy skills making the rounds at local New York comedy
clubs. Using her quick wit and savvy sense of humor she soon found herself in
performing regularly at Carolines on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club,
Broadway Comedy Club and The Comic Strip Live.
Los Angeles soon came calling, Michele headed out west where she
recorded her first CD “Neurotic by Nature” at the Hollywood Improv. On that
CD, Michele wrote a song parody, “I’m everything I am, because you left
me”! an with get honor, the amazingly funny and vocal power house Nell
Carter sang with Michele (well, fortunately, sang over Michele). Michele may
be re-releasing “Neurotic by Nature”. So keep an eye out.
As Michele’s popularity grew so, did the press. The New York Post’s Cindy
Adams declared Michele “Dynamite”. Voted one of the “Top 10 Comics” by
Backstage Magazine. The San Francisco Bay Times also placed her on their
national Top 10 and Broadway World honored Michele at number two in
their Top 10 List of cabaret performers.
Michele headlines across the country at comedy clubs, corporate events,
JCC’s, country clubs and is a popular act for major Cruise lines.
Balan went on to appear on The Joy Behar Show on HLN, Byron Allen’s
Comics Unleashed, and the OUTlaugh festival on LOGO, the Montreal “Just
for Laughs” festival, and “Gotham Live”.
One of her biggest thrills, was being one of the top 5 finalists on NBC’s Last
Comic Standing 4!
What they’re saying…
“Dynamite” – The NY Post
“This is comedy, this is what it’s all about!” – Jason Alexander
“As part of the Nantucket Comedy festival, Balan had the full house in stitches.” – Nantucket Mirror
“Michele Balan is on a roll, there is no stopping her!” – The Friars Club
“Michele is her own walking sitcom!” – Nell Carter
“You know what I dislike about stand-up comedy? There’s too much standing.” – Michele Balan
Special Guest Comedian Fay Jacobs
Fay Jacobs is a writer, performer, public relations consultant and GLBT activist. She lives her life based on the advice of her father who said: “Nothing is ever so bad if it’s worth the story you can tell.”