24601!!!!  Okay, fine, I am NOT Jean Valjean as portrayed by Colm Wilkinson in Les Miserables. I am, however, Samantha Bednarz, a New York City born and raised stand-up comedian. 

I was born and raised on the mean streets of the upper east side in a neighborhood called Yorkville (imagine Southie Boston, but with more racism).  

When not narrowly escaping being pegged in the head during rowdy games of dodge ball in Catholic School, I was entertaining

myself with watching any comedy

I could get my hands on. 

It only took more than half

my life and a bizarre encounter

with Zach Galifianakis before I 

decide I was ready.

That's what then led me to...