COMEDY + STORYTELLING
Nica is the comedic alter ego of filmmaker Ms. Hernandez. After graduating from UCLA, Hernandez wrote and directed two short films, The Slap and Baby Fat. Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The Slap went onto play at the Cannes Film Festival, was sold to Canal Plus for theatrical release in France and aired on television in eighteen other countries, including on the Sundance Channel. Her first directorial feature debut, Men Cry Bullets, won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest, Best American Film at the Avignon Film Festival and the Audience Choice Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
Hernandez directed two documentaries Dial T for Torment for Comedy Central featuring Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel and Kevin Nealon, and another, The Chicano Collection, for actor and comedian Cheech Marin. The Chicano Collection, played at LACMA, and other museums and galleries in the U.S., and continues to screen annually in schools during Latino Heritage Month. She directed and produced the music video, Pretty Smile, for Sangie Davis, Jamaican singer and songwriter for Bob Marley. As a producer, Hernandez produced Gerhard Reinke’s Wanderlust segment for the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and the independent feature film, The Last Man, released by Lion’s Gate.
As a writer, she wrote for the Andy Milinokis Show for Comedy Central. Her screenplay, Peppermint Clouds, was selected for at the Nantucket Screenwriters Colony, and was an IFP Independent Filmmaker Narrative Screenplay Finalist. Since her last films, Hernandez has had two children and started a production company, Productive Playhouse.
Currently, Hernandez is doing stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store as “Nica” her comedic alter ego and has a weekly podcast and YouTube show called The Sauna Interviews: Sweating Out The Truth with Nica.
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“The Sauna Interviews” is the brainchild of Nica who decided, after spending too much time in her sauna, to start inviting some of her eccentric friends in to join her for a sweat lodge-style exploration of truth and life.
“Drums are such a rhythm… Making your set into a drum solo.” Theo “Have you ever set your eyebrows on fire by accident? I have.
“Bush rat is very chewy, and iguana tasted like a gamey chicken.” Lala “I ate my own placenta and it tasted like chicken.” Nica Lala
My producer, Andrew Birkhimer, and I put together this compilation as a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came in and shared their lives and
“If this were an anime, breastfeeding is your fight against people.” Granison “I could squirt them in the eye” Nica Granison Crawford is an actor,
“Why do they send us pictures of their wieners?” Nica “Because they would like that, and that’s why they do it.” Kathleen Kathleen Guevara is
“The whole idea of “Give Me Juice” is you go to my podcast and you are going to get filled up.” Leon “I think you
“I think I was made little because I’m violent.” Nica “They lock you in a room until you tucker yourself out.” Kyle Kyle Anderson has
“I’m a great boyfriend, but my girlfriends just don’t realize it.” Ryan “You broke your creative hymen.” Nica Ryan Joseph is a local LA comic
“I feel like I’ve made it. I’m in the sauna with my shirt off with a white woman.” Duece Flame “Once you have kids it
“I just want to make the world laugh.” Big Mickey “I like to live in a bubble and be completely oblivious to reality.” Nica Born
“You don’t need any external equipment?” Ross “No, it’s positioning.” Nica Ross Copeland is a comedian and writer in Los Angeles. He performed stand up
“Agoura High was traumatic.” Chase “I’m just scanning the crowd for hot guys.” Nica Chase O’Donnell is a comedian and actor who was born and