Meet Laura Lane and Angela Spera. They know why you’re single.
This Is Why You’re Single is a book, sketch show and podcast by Laura Lane and Angela Spera. The book was optioned for TV by the Pop network.
Inspired by their own real-life dating misadventures, the duo began writing sketch comedy together at the Peoples Improv Theater. Their first show debuted in October 2013 and opened the 2014 New York City Sketch Festival. It has since returned for various iterations around New York City and in Washington, D.C.
This Is Why You're Single the book was published by Adams Media (Simon & Schuster) on December 8, 2015. It got a shit ton of press. And we rubbed it in the face of everyone who was mean to us in high school. (Hey Crystal, check out our press page.)
This Is Why You're Single's comedy podcast launched in August 2015 with the HeadGum network. It has repeatedly hit the iTunes top 10 comedy podcast rankings and has garnered over 1 million plays.
Oh. Also, if you're wondering whether it freaks dates out when we tell them the title of our book, you'd be correct.
ABOUT THE WRITERS:
Laura is a comedy writer, performer and journalist. She has written for The New Yorker, People, Esquire, ESPN, Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, E!, The Washington Post, McSweeney's and Men's Fitness, and held editor positions at OK!, In Touch and Life & Style. Laura was an entertainment correspondent for People magazine and hosted ESPN's poker show Inside Deal. She wrote jokes for season 5 of TruTV's show Billy on the Street and the book Coloring for Grown-Ups: Holiday Fun. She's appeared in episodes of Morgan Spurlock’s comedy series, Mansome, in the UCB web series 24X24, and in the short film What We Talk About When We Talk About Zombies. As an entertainment commentator she's appeared on VH1, The Insider, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, E!, MTV, MSNBC, CNN's Showbiz Tonight and Fox News. She studied improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade and Peoples Improv Theater and graduated from the University of Southern California, where she won Rolling Stone magazine’s college journalism contest for entertainment reporting. Previous semi-relationships, hookups, makeouts and one-night stands include: an Olympian, a chemist, a Hollywood screenwriter, a famous actor, a Frenchman, a model, a trust funder, a bartender, a film critic, a poker champion, a DJ, a student body president, a skydiver, a minor league baseball player, a fireman, a lawyer, two paparazzi photographers and a runner-up on Survivor.
Angela is a comedy writer, performer and marketing/social media director based in New York City. She wrote jokes for season 5 of TruTV's show Billy on the Street and was a story producer on the "ambush comedy talk show" Start Talkin' with Scott Rogowsky. As a marketing director she’s done everything from plan a prom for privileged preschoolers to promoting a band comprised solely of singing gynecologists. She studied sketch comedy at the Peoples Improv Theater. Her training in the first ever Murderfist workshop, “How To Make A Million Dollars Doing Sketch Comedy,” is where she learned the recipe for fake blood, combined with a childhood love of The Carol Burnett Show, results in what some might call a unique comedic sensibility. Previous relationships, disappointments, and makeouts include: a fisherman, a part-time professor, a production assistant, a state park employee, an accountant, a veterinarian, the guy that played Jesus in her high school production of Godspell, several stand-ups, and one guy who identified as a “revolutionary." She’s been told on Tinder that she’s “not naughty enough,” which she agrees is accurate.