Rachael Burke is a NYC-based comedian who spent over 5 years at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where her team of four earned two Emmy Awards for social and interactive media and where she was also a contributing writer. With the sketch comedy troupe that she founded, she recently appeared on several episodes of NBC's new comedy competition show "Bring the Funny". Rachael has extensive experience in writing and performing unique and original stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, characters, and a broad array of impressions.
One of Rachael’s many specialties is writing and performing impressions including Ariana Grande, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Adam Sandler, Melania Trump, Lorde, Billie Eilish, and Julie Andrews among others. A sketch written, acted in and produced by Rachael and featuring her Elizabeth Warren impression was featured on Elizabeth Banks’ comedy website WhoHaha and was ranked #1 on that website for several weeks.
Elizabeth Warren announced that she's forming an exploratory committee to investigate a possible presidential run! HELL YEAH! Wait, but... does that mean she's running or not? Let Senator Warren (aka Rachael Burke) explain in this woman-on-the-street segment.
In 2018, Rachael founded a comedy sketch group called Kids These Days. Rachael single-handedly scouted and recruited each of the performers and writers for the group. Rachael is the producer of the shows in addition to being a featured performer and writer for the group. Kids These Days has a recurring monthly mainstage show at the People's Improv Theater and has sold out every show in NYC and while on tour. Kids These Days has also appeared at SF SketchFest, New York Comedy Fest, Charleston Comedy Festival, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, New York SketchFest, Portland Sketch Comedy Festival, and the HBO/Television Academy’s Independent Television Festival, among others.
Led by Rachael, Kids These Days performed their original sketch comedy on national television on several episodes of the brand new NBC show "Bring the Funny". Kids These Days was one of only 40 acts selected from thousands of acts around the world for this new international comedy showcase.
Rachael contributed countless on-air jokes and sketch concepts to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon during her five years at the show. For example, Rachael's uniquely creative comedic imagination conjured up a sketch about Ariana Grande’s ponytail coming alive and stopping crime. The concept came to life in a sketch starring Ariana Grande and Jimmy Fallon that aired on the show and also garnered over 13 million views across YouTube and Facebook.
Additionally, Rachael is an expert in social media and virality. For 5 years, Rachael oversaw the show’s social media accounts, including Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, etc. accounts, growing YouTube audiences from 2 million to 19 million and the Facebook audience from 2 million to 13 million. Rachael filmed and produced countless backstage web series with guests. Some of her web series concepts that were filmed and produced include My Weirdest Role, Co-Star Superlatives, Guided Meditation, Questlove Q&A, New Internet Slang, and How to Handle a Heckler. Another example of Rachael's expertise in virality was when Rachael created the most viewed GIF of 2018 according to Giphy and Mashable. The GIF featuring Cardi B, which can be seen below, has been viewed more than 475 million times.
Below is a recent sketch which features an impression of Eminem that was written, directed, and produced by Rachael for Kids These Days.
Performers and comedy ensembles hailing from near and far are descending on the Lowcountry this month with giggle-inducing one-liners, sketches and improv sets to be delivered at the 16th annual Charleston Comedy Festival. The event runs Jan. 16-19 at a variety of downtown venues, including College of Charleston's Sottile Theatre, Theatre 99, Threshold Repertory Theatre, Woolfe Street Playhouse and The Commodore.
So much talent coming to Austin's Out of Bounds Comedy Festival from all over the country this year. So many troupes - improv and sketch - along with a wealth of solo stand-up artists - just as in all the previous OOB years.
click to enlarge "It's an Ocean's 11 super group of all my favorite people I've done comedy with," says Rachael Burke, the founder of comedy group Kids These Days. "They're the kindest and most talented," she adds, which makes us want to befriend these funny strangers, too.