Joya Mia Italiano grew up in Littleton, Colorado, then got the h-e-double-hockey-sticks outta there upon graduating high school. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in theater (Sarah Lawrence doesn't have majors because its SUPER anti-establishment). She had the opportunity to study physical theater, Commedia Dell’arte, and clowning in Arezzo, Italy. After graduating, she worked to live in peanut shells all across New York City, which is pretty legit. She appeared in numerous 'meta' productions, and joined her first performance family as a member of the sketch group, STuFF, writing and producing comedy shorts. She had the crazy opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles in 2012 to star as John Connor in the stage-play spoof, Terminator Too: Judgement Play, which completed a 4-year run. During that time she became involved in TToo's sister show, Point Break Live!, LA's longest-running theater production (10 years!). The crew performed weekly in Hollywood, played multiple cities nationwide, and even did a couple of drug-induced performances at Bonnaroo 2014. After years of doing "Rock and Roll Theater," Joya was given the opportunity to try her hand at hosting for The LipTV, where she researched, wrote, and presented short form news stories. The experience ignited something in Joya she didn't know (or hadn't truly recognized) was there. Given the current political climate, It is more apparent than ever that comedians have the power to do what regular 'ol pundits cannot (see: Sam Bee, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver - we miss you DEARLY Jon Stewart - to name a few). More than anything, Joya's life's work will be to do what she's always sought to do: to understand and be understood.