Ana Maria Defillo is a Caracas-born, Miami-raised, Dominican writer, producer, and recovering people pleaser.
Before her career in television, she paved her road to hell as a Christian missionary, human rights graduate student, & nonprofit professional. Now she’s spreading her gospel of cynicism to the world.
She studied sketch comedy, improv, and satire writing at the Upright Citizens Brigade, The People’s Improv Theater, and Second City.
As a late bloomer, Ana’s a proud student of humanity. She lived on four continents while getting her Masters in Global Affairs from New York University, a graduate certificate in Human Rights from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies from the University of Central Florida.
Ana’s writing has been featured in McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, Vulture, and more. Her TV credits include Desus and Mero on Showtime, The Read on Fuse, and The Vote on PBS. Ana is a proud alum of NHMC’s Series Scriptwriters Program sponsored by Disney/ABC, NBC, and Netflix. This year she was chosen as a writer/director for Gold Comedy’s inaugural all-women/nonbinary digital sketch team, We’ll Call You. Her genre-blending dark comedy, Momentous, based on her experiences in a purity cult and the nonprofit industry, is a semi-finalist at the 2022 Austin Film Festival. Currently, she’s writing and producing for Complex’s daily pop-culture news show, The Daily Drift, on Twitch.