about me

Ilana Michelle Rubin is a comedian and writer born, raised, and still residing in Queens, NY.

She believes her passion to perform was ignited at eight years old after she saw the Mask of Zorro. Upon arriving home after the movie, she dressed up exactly like the masked bandit himself and started waving around an old fencing sword her dad owned. She has never seen her dad fence, she still doesn't know why he owned that. (Hi, it's me, Ilana - I really don't know where that sword came from it's very alarming.)

As she grew up, she was hoping that experiences like wearing an eye patch until she was eight years old and watching her parents jump on a baggage claim conveyor belt wouldn't go to waste. Luckily enough, her path led to a career in comedy! 

Soon after starting the UCB improv program she began making videos with her high school best friend, Lana Schwartz. Together they formed Nanners Comedy

Their work has been featured on The New Yorker, WhoHaha, Btchflcks, The Queens Ledger, Comedy Cake and more! In the summer of 2016 they put out a murder mystery web-series, called Secrets & Liars. 

In December, they hosted a sold out show at Union Hall, called The First Annual Chanukahstravaganza which received press in Brokelyn and The New York Times!!!

Ilana is also a writer and actor on the weekly web show, deada$$, now in it's third season. Deada$$ is a diverse, NYC send-up of Wayne's World. 

You can catch Ilana performing all over the city. She hosts a monthly show, SICK: a show about illnesses and injuries, every second Saturday of the month at Legion Bar, 6:45p.  

On any given day, she might also be eating chicken soup on her parent's couch.

But if you don't want to travel to the depths of an outerborough (the horror), you can also follow her on Twitter at @ilanasaurrrus.


Shot and edited by Carly Hoogendyk

Standup at Cool Show Not Lame