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Adam Oliensis

  • Top Pro 2015-'23 - #1 Comedian for Hire in New York:

  • Winner: 2013 Paramount Theatre Standup & Acting Star Search

  • Runner-Up: 2013 Ha-Ha Holiday Comedy Show & Contest

  • Finalist: 2013 Slaughter Stand-Up Summer Showdown

  • Tony & Drama Desk Award Nominee (Best Revival)

  • Clio Award Nominee (Best Performance) (The Oscars of TV Commercials)


ADAM has been working in comedy for longer than he wants 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 being a grown-up and starting to get old. 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 recently appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. His debut comedy album, Aged Whine, has been played in its entirety on Sirius XM Radio 99, Raw Dog Comedy and tracks from the album are now in rotation.


Adam has recently opened for such comedy legends and luminaries as Robert Klein, Colin Quinn, Gilbert Gottfriedand Larry Miller.  He performs at comedy clubs all over New York City and the surrounding area, including regularly at Gotham Comedy Club, at Levity Live, Foxwoods Resort & Casino,  West Side Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, Dangerfield's, Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, The Laugh Lounge, and Greenwich Village Comedy Club. 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 play, "Ring of Men" was honored with an Obie (the Oscars of Off-Broadway) as part of  Ensemble Studio Theatre's play festival, and has been produced in Los Angeles and regionally.  His work has been published by Dramatists Play Service,  and he has penned several TV pilots produced  and aired on 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. (And, no, it’s not an honor just to be nominated. Just being nominated sucks.)

Stand-Up Comedy

GOTHAM COMEDY CLUB                          New York City

LEVITY LIVE                                 West Nyack, NY

FOXWOODS RESORT & CASINO                    Mashantucket, CT

WEST SIDE COMEDY CLUB                       New York City

DANGERFIELD'S                               New York City

COMIC STRIP LIVE                            New York City

BROADWAY COMEDY CLUB                        New York City

NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB                        New York City

CB'S COMEDY CLUB                            New York City

LAUGH LOUNGE                                New York City


THE UNDERGROUND LOUNGE                      New York City

COMEDY STOP at The Tropicana                Atlantic City, NJ

POCONUTS                                    Swiftwater, PA

BANANAS                                     Poughkeepsie, NY

BEDFORD PLAYHOUSE                           Bedford, NY

HOPEWELL THEATER                            Hopewell, NJ

CHURCH OF SATIRE                            Hanover, PA

BROOK ARTS CENTER                           Bound Brook, NJ

LAKE ONTARIO PLAYHOUSE                      Watertown, NY

LOHUD COMEDY                                Rockland, Westchester, & NJ

JESTER'S COMEDY CLUB                        Chester, NY

TREEHOUSE COMEDY                            Stratford, CT

THE FUNNY BONE                              St. Louis, MO

PLAYHOUSE ON PARK                           West Hartford, CT


John Jay College of Criminal Justice        New York City

St. John's University                       Queens, NY

SUNY New Paltz                              New Paltz, NY



THE POMPATUS OF LOVE                        Phil        BMG & CFP

(Lead opposite Kristin Scott-Thomas,                    Winner: Lisbon, Charlotte,  w/ Jon Cryer)                                          Houston Film Festivals


THE EYE OF THE STORM                        Peter       Lumina Films

(Lead)                                                  Dir. Mark Richardson       


THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH                         Comedy Central

LAW AND ORDER                                           NBC

THE EQUALIZER                                           CBS

AS THE WORLD TURNS                                      CBS

GUIDING LIGHT                                           CBS

ONE LIFE TO LIVE                                        ABC



WILDER, WILDER, WILDER                 Charles          Circle in the Square

-Three by Thornton Wilder                               Dir. Edward Berkeley       

(Best Revival Nominations: Tony & Drama Desk)



AS YOU LIKE IT                         Jaques           Judith Anderson Theatre

S.S. GLENCAIRN-                        Driscoll         Harold Clurman Theatre

--4 Plays of the Sea by O'Neill

MACBETH                                Macduff          One Dream Theatre

LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST                  Fight Crew       The Metropolitan Opera

THE BALCONY                            Chief            Intar II Theatre

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM              Lysander/Bottom  Intar II & TADA

TARTUFFE                               Damis            TADA Theatre

TWELFTH NIGHT                          Antonio          Westbeth Theatre

LITTLE BLOOD BROTHERS                  Frank/Animal     45th Street Playhouse

TAMING OF THE SHREW                    Petruchio        Provincetown Playhouse

INSIDE OUT                             Rich             Player's Theatre



ITALIAN AMERICAN RECONCILIATION         Aldo            GeVa Theatre

MORE FUN THAN BOWLING                   Dyson           Penn Stage Co.


STAGE COMBAT: (Studied & worked with B.H. Barry.)

MARTIAL ARTS: Karate Black Belt, Tai Chi Chuan, Indian Weapons, Boxing, Yoga

DIALECTS: Various Regional American, various Hispanic, British, Irish, Scottish, French, Italian, etc.

SPORTS: Tennis, Skiing, Water-Skiing (Barefoot), Rock Climbing, Basketball, Baseball

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