Adam Oliensis

ADAM has been working in comedy for longer than he cares to admit. Not just as a Stand-Up Comedian but also in acting, writing, directing, and producing for TV, theatre, film, and commercials.
In his stand-up, Adam explores the lessons in humility he’s learning from his wife and especially from his children, along with the adjustments being forced on him by genuine adulthood. Having lived as a child in East Africa, studied martial arts in India, and languished spiritually in New Jersey, Adam is attuned to the absurdities that arise in the everyday, mining both the ironies and silliness that exist in the most humbling situations (with which he continues to gain vast experience).
Adam has recently opened for such comedy legends and luminaries as Robert Klein, Colin Quinn, Gilbert Gottfried, and Larry Miller.
Adam performs at comedy clubs all over New York City and the surrounding area, including regularly at Gotham Comedy Club and Levity Live, as well as at West Side Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, Dangerfield’s, Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Laugh Lounge, CB’s Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, and Treehouse Comedy. Also at colleges, corporate & private events, synagogues, theatres, and JCCs throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.
As a writer, Adam co-authored the movie, The Pompatus of Love, with Jon Cryer (Best Comedy: Worldfest-Charlotte. Gold Award: Worldfest, Houston), which he also co-produced and in which he stars along with Mr. Cryer and Kristen Scott Thomas.
Adam’s plays have been produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre, among other companies in New York, as well as in Los Angeles and regionally, and his work has been published by Dramatists Play Service. He has also penned several TV pilots, which have been produced for Cable TV.
As an actor, Adam has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, in Regional Theatre, in the movies, on episodic TV, and in hundreds of TV and radio commercials.
As Producing Director of Willow Cabin Theatre Co. for 12 years in New York City, Adam brought to the stage works by the likes of William Shakespeare, Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, and David Rabe. He produced, Wilder, Wilder, Wilder, the only show in history to go from off-off Broadway to off-Broadway to Broadway in a single season.
He has been nominated for a Clio Award (the Oscars of commercials) for Best Performance. He’s also been nominated as a producer for both Tony & Drama Desk Awards for Best Revival.

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