SAMANTHA FONTANA is an actor, writer, producer, and comedian living in New York City. Born and raised in the East Village, Samantha is a Biggie Smalls loving Greek-Italian Jew.
Samantha hosts and produces the Sunday Salon at Threes Brewing with Miriam Mintz. A one hour stand-up and storytelling event with some of NYC's best performers.
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Samantha is a writer, producer, and actor for CASTING, a series created by Nina Pratt and Judy Gold. This comedic series gives a behind-the-scenes look at show business on both sides of the casting table. Created by: Nina Pratt & Judy Gold, written by: Samantha Fontana & Judy Gold, produced by: Nina Pratt & Samantha Fontana. Starring: Judy Gold, Steve Schirripa, Janeane Garofalo, Lucy DeVito, Lawton Paseka, Catherine Curtin, Bradford Scobie, Dawn McGee, Veronica Kuehn, Allegra Cohen, Samantha Fontana and Richard Kind.
Samantha's passion for film and comedy has lead to the production of several acclaimed works. She is a featured actress in the Funny or Die Community as well as the co-founder, writer, producer, and lead actress in Samantha Fontana and S&M, both channels available on Funny or Die. Shorts she has produced include Too Late for Lattes, Methrocard, and The Interview, among others.
Samantha is in the comedic web series, Your Main Thing, available on Vimeo with John Early, Aparna Nancherla, Erin Markey, Jill Pangallo, Amber Martin, Shane O'neill, Andrew MacLarty, and David Ilku.
She has performed in theatre for over ten years. Some credits include, Joe Pintauro's Raft of the Medusa, Kristoffer Diaz' F**cking Vigwan or SWAG (Cherry Lane Theatre), Tom Coash's Raghead, GI60 International One Minute Play Festival, and more.
Samantha's short film DIVE has been screening all over New York and the United States, being made an official selection at the High Falls Film Festival, NewFilmmakers New York Festival, Queens World Film Festival, NYC Dowtown Short Film Festival, NYC Indie Film Festival, and International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts LA.
Samantha receieved her BFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and attended the Lee Strasberg Institute.
She is passionate about animal rights and is an advocate of animal rescue organizations and shelters around NYC. Samantha currently resides in New York City with her dogs Baby and Bodhi.