After departing from the North Jersey, Italian-Catholic bubble in which she was raised, Gab endured two years of a respectable liberal arts education at The College of New Jersey before leaving it behind to study comedy and television writing — a decision that knocked precisely 7 collective years off her parents' lives. It was not in vain. Upon graduating in May 2016, she was honored with the Dr. Frederick P. Cornell Excellence in Writing Award, and became the first writer in UArts history to win the President's Award for the episodic teleplays that comprise her original series, "Gab & Kev Make it Weird." She has since submitted her original work to every fellowship under the sun, earning her Finalist placement in the Sundance Institute's 2017 Episodic Story Lab, the Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab, and a semi-finalist placement in The Second City Original Sitcom Contest of 2017.
Throughout her studies, Gab devoted herself to the improv comedy scene. She has studied improv and sketch writing at the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT Comedy) with Philadelphia-based instructors, as well as workshops led by Susan Messing (Annoyance Theater / iO, Chicago), Rich Talarico (Key and Peele), and Justin Tyler (UCB NY). For 2.5 years, she has performed with PHIT Comedy house team Fjord (Vancouver International Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, Annoyance Theater NYC), and now leads the improv scene on Saturday nights with house team Dutch. Additionally, as a member of the Page One cast at PHIT Comedy, she improvises an entire play on the last Saturday of every month using only the first page of a local playwright's work, and hosts her own show at PHIT called "The Live Read with Gab Bottoni," where she and her comedy buds read original, 1/2 hour pilots submitted by the Philly writing community in front of a live audience. As an avid contributor to the live independent comedy scene, Gab can also be found performing with various sketch and improv groups including the ensemble Skeletons, ETC., the her improv trio Dirty Divas, and coaching indie improv teams like Windows 98.
Luckily for her student loan situation, her college creative development internship at Lunchbox Communications evolved into a full-time position as as Writer of copy and narrative, and an Associate Producer of documentaries (check out The Great Flip-Off) and commercial productions. Thus, she could quit being a terrible barista and continue polishing her portfolio with spec scripts, late night writers packets, and a web series coming to a device near you. Although she's working on the production side of the indie non-fiction narrative world right now, she is still doing everything she can to fart joke her way to the Emmy roundtable.
- Be Alone (Co-Creator/Co-Writer) — an original online comedy-drama series from myself and writing partner Olivia Kram investigating the many ways in which a gaggle of millennial femmes & non-binaries suck at relationships of all kinds. Coming Summer 2018.
- The Great Flip-Off (Associate Producer/Associate Writer) — a Lunchbox Dox independent feature-length documentary directed by Dafna Yachin (director of the Oscar-qualified doc, Digital Dharma), releasing January 2018.
- Gab & Kev Make it Weird (Creator/Writer) — an original half-hour comedy pilot that made me a finalist of the Sundance Institute's 2017 Episodic Story Lab, the Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab, and the Semi-Finals of The Second City Original Sitcom Contest 2017.