Meet Milly Tamarez: SWAN DAY SWEET SIXTEEN’s Feisty Emcee

Get excited, folks! Writer and comedian Milly Tamarez will be joining us as the emcee for our SWAN Day Sweet Sixteen event March 30th at the SVA theater. The event will be celebrating the legacy of Margaret Keane – ironically portrayed by Amy Adams in “Big Eyes” –  and the women behind Tim Burton’s Curtain. The live streamed event will feature appearances from screenwriter Larry Karaszewski and photographer Leah Gallo, as well as a hilarious opening comedy set from one of New York’s brightest up-and-coming standups: Milly Tamarez. 

Hailing from Hollywood, Florida, Milly has been making a name for herself on the stand up scene for over a decade. Her no-holds-barred confessional style has gotten her noticed, and her work has been featured on Cracked, Comedy Central, The Onion, and NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. Milly was also a 2022 finalist for the prestigious Yes And Laughter Lab, which incubates social-justice focused comedy projects from diverse creators. That same year, she was selected to be one of a handful of comedic talents to participate in the podcast anthology series “Clown Parade” for Will Ferrell’s Big Money Players network. Her series, “The Janelis J Show,” was a hilarious sendup for a Wendy Williams-esque radio host, and was featured alongside several other comedians handpicked by Ferell and Las Culturistas hosts Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang. 

Milly has dedicated a significant amount of her time and talent to help foster diversity in comedy and entertainment.

In addition to managing her own thriving career, Milly has dedicated a significant amount of her time and talent to help foster diversity in comedy and entertainment. She is the creator of the POC-focused satire site Flexx, as well as the Diverse As Fuck Festival highlighting diversity in comedy. DAF went on to partner with The Onion for writing incubators to help provide satire writing workshops for diverse voices. And if that wasn’t enough, she is also one of the the founders of Diversify Social Media, a nonprofit that teaches people of color the skills needed to become social media managers. 

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She is also an accomplished TV writer, and has lent her talents to ABC’s “The Celebrity Dating Game,” Jason Biggs’ “Cash At Your Door,” and WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown. Her work has also been featured on Buzzfeed, Reductress, Netflix, MTV, Above Average, BET, ice, Thrillist, and Flama. On stage, Milly is a trained improviser whose all-women of color improv team Affirmative Action has performed and given workshops across the country. She was one of the stars of the immersive play “Dark Down Deep Down Dark” at New York’s Annoyance Theater, and her one-woman show “Class Clown Finalist” has run at iconic NYC venues like Brooklyn’s Union Hall. 

Weekly listeners love to hear Milly’s takes – and tangents – on the trending topics of the day. 

Starting in 2020, Milly was one of several rotating hosts on the popular news and politics podcast “Betches Sup,” which hilariously broke down the headlines of the day for its dedicated audience. In 2023, she left Sup for a new podcast venture on the Headgum Network called “Go Touch Grass.” Each week on “Go Touch Grass,” Milly and her co-host, fellow comedian Alise Morales, break down the most viral memes, TikTok trends, and influencer drama of the week alongside hilarious guests from across the comedy world. Since launching in December, the podcast has developed a dedicated audience of weekly listeners and Patreon subscribers who love to hear Milly’s takes – and tangents – on the trending topics of the day. 

You can see Milly performing at some of the most iconic comedy spots in New York, from Brooklyn’s “The Bell House” to The Stand in Manhattan. Milly also tours the U.S. performing stand up in Spanish for sold-out crowds, opening for other Latine comedy stars like Angelo Colina and SNL’s Marcello Hernández. Drawing on her experience as a Dominican woman from Florida, she taps into her community’s desire for Spanish language comedy that speaks to their unique experience. After over a decade in the game, Milly has established herself as a fresh and vital new voice in comedy, and she’s only just getting started. 

At our SWAN Sweet Sixteen Event, which you can attend in person or via livestream, we’ll kick things off with a welcome and comedy set from Milly Tamarez herself to set the tone for what is bound to be an iconic and hilarious event. 

© Alise Morales (3/12/24) — Special for FF2 Media


Reserve your tickets for our Sweet Sixteen here!

Visit Milly’s POC-focused satire site Flexx.

Listen to “Go Touch Grass” with Milly Tamarez and co-host Alise Morales.

Learn more about the Diverse As Fuck Comedy Festival.

Learn more about Milly Tamarez on her website.


All images provided by Milly Tamarez. Courtesy of Milly Tamarez. All Rights Reserved.

Alise Morales is a comedy writer, performer, voice actress, and podcaster. Best known for her work as the writer of the Betches Sup newsletter and co-host of the Betches Sup podcast, her writing has been featured in Flexx Mag, Reductress, Above Average, PureWoW, Betches and more. Alise’s original show, The Roast of Your Teenage Self, toured across the country and was featured in the 2017 and 2019 New York Comedy Festivals. In 2019 it became its own podcast on the All Things Comedy Network and debuted at #2 on Spotify’s trending podcasts.

You can also catch her voicing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Showtime’s Our Cartoon President, as Village Voice secretary Isobel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 4, and as ‘Virtue Signal’ anchor Lila Moreno on seasons 1 and 2 of Stephen Colbert’s Tooning Out the News.

Alise’s latest project, the Go Touch Grass Podcast, premiered on the Headgum network in December 2023.

Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker. Used with permission of Alise Morales. All Rights Reserved.

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