Jonathan Hess is a Los Angeles based writer, performer and director of comedy.  He graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Film and TV Production, and most recently worked at The Huffington Post as the assistant editor on the morning show, RISE, until moving from New York to LA.  Jonathan is also a standup comedian, writes topical jokes for Funny Or Die News, and has written jokes for French comedian Gad Elmaleh.  He has also written award-winning screenplays, focusing mainly on half-hour comedies that deal with growing up, growing old, love (usually unrequited), and finding confidence in one's identity. Jonathan trained with many wonderful teachers at the UCB Theatre in New York since 2012, studying improvisation and sketch comedy writing.  Jonathan traveled to London, England during the spring of 2013 as one of eight delegates from NYU Tisch participating in an intense TV production and writing curriculum at the BBC Academy.  He also interned at BBC Comedy, where he worked on several comedy pilots, with some of the most renowned producers and writers in British comedy.  He was also the Writers Intern at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Jonathan is dangerously obsessed with A Song of Ice and Fire, and with the adapted HBO series, Game of Thrones, and he makes the best gin martini you’ll ever drink.  Please don’t ask him for a “vodka martini”.  That’s called a “kangaroo” and he will correct you.  Check him out on Twitter and Instagram at @jonhess1005.


Directed by jonathan hess

You think YOUR dad's embarrassing? Produced, written, and directed by Jonathan Hess.

Written by, and Starring: Josh Eakright Directed, Shot, and Edited by: Jonathan Hess

A chance meeting in detention yields the greatest detective team of the post-apocalyptic era.
Romantic comedies might have good stories and characters, but at the end of the day, they're all about people falling down. Meet the visionary behind some of cinema's all-time greatest rom-com falls.

YOU can help stop police brutality. All you have to do is be kind of a dick. Directed and shot by Jonathan Hess.

Just switch off your damn lights and sleep! Directed and shot by Jonathan Hess.

jonathan hess produced

UCB1 gives crappy plastic trophies to the best things NYC has to offer.

Shot and edited by Jonathan hess

Meet Ray, The 80-Year-Old Deep Sea Treasure Hunter

This 80-year-old deep sea diver has lived a life underwater. From the film "Ray" by Amanda Bluglass and Danny Cooke. For more visit: and

Posted by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Meet England's 82-Year-Old Punk Rocker

This punk rock grandma continues to live life to the fullest.

Posted by The Huffington Post on Friday, March 25, 2016

The Real Meaning Of Jihad

We asked five Muslims to explain what "jihad" really means.

Posted by The Huffington Post on Monday, March 21, 2016

A 10th Grader's Emotional Plea To Elect Bernie Sanders

Tenth grader Jocelyn Quinn explains why young people love Bernie Sanders.

Posted by HuffPost Politics on Friday, February 12, 2016

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Some Snapple-based standup that I wrote and performed as part of their "Born in New York, Made for Everyone" campaign.

Character written and performed by Jonathan Hess at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NY Directed by Joanna Bradley UCB Character 101, Spring 2015


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