Short version: Hailing from the mean streets of the SoCal suburbs, Shelley is a comedian, producer, and content creator now based in DC. Using sharp, observational material, Shelley’s unique perspective and charisma has made her stand out in the DC comedy scene. A rising star, Shelley has opened for headliners such as Ramy Youssef, Dulce Sloan, and Judah Friedlander.
Long Version: Shelley fostered her love for stand-up comedy in college while remaining ignorant of any party scene. She can be seen performing and hosting all around the DMV area, sharing her insight as a savvy-yet-awkward minority female in the 21st century. She also co-produced the Underground Comedy Fest 2017, a DC festival with over 60 comedians and national headliners in conjunction with Underground Comedy (named “DC’s Laugh Leader” by Washington Post).
A versatile millennial who likes to stay busy, Shelley is consistently churning out satire on social media. Her projects include a Mike Pence Pinterest boards, Steve Bannon Spotify Sessions, and Alternative Valentine’s– a series of Valentine’s card based on our nation’s favorite political administration.
Other than being a participant in DC’s favorite mudslinging hobby, Shelley is a self-aware sports fan. One of her most popular creations is Coach Taylor’s Yelp Reviews, a series of restaurant reviews from Coach Taylor of Friday Night Lights, a TV show Shelley is obsessed with.
Whether it’s online or onstage, Shelley’s work is seriously not serious, and her unique insights are framed in a silly, disarming way. She’s one of DC’s rising stars, so check out one of her projects above, or see her live. Or just say hi on Instagram at @machinegunshelley_ Your attention would mean a lot to her.
- The Washingtonian: 2020 Valentines by comedian Shelley Kim
- CBS News in Depth: Comedy in the Capital
- The Observer: “Talking Alternative Valentines with Shelley Kim”
- Washington City Paper: Comic Release: D.C. Comedy Scene is Gaining Steam, But Can it Rival NYC And L.A.?