About Ali


Ali MacLean is an award-winning writer, performer and on-air personality who hails from Boston. Ali attended Miami University of Ohio where she won a scholarship to the La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory to study with Tony Award winner Des McAnuff. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she began studying improv at the acclaimed Groundlings Theatre under the tutelage of FRIENDS star Lisa Kudrow.

Her works have been performed at the Melrose Theater (via The HBO Workspace), Comedy Central Stages, the Lyric Hyperion, and Largo at the Coronet Theatre. Her play She’s Not There was selected for the Ensemble Studio Theatre Winterfest reading series, was a finalist for the Gary Marshall Theatre New Works Festival, was shortlisted for the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Project, was a semi-finalist in the Screencraft Play competition, and is the winner of the SHE NYC Summer Arts festival. The play will be mounted by She NYC in Los Angeles in the summer of 2019. She’s Not There is the recipient of the 2018 John Gassner playwriting award.

Ali’s latest work, Wolves At The Door, was part of the EST Winterfest reading festival, is a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Ali was accepted to the Pataphysics Writers Workshop at the Flea Theatre and is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild.

Ali has performed at several different festivals and theaters including Rogue Machine Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, San Francisco Sketch Fest, Funny Women Festival, Gen Art, and Story Lotto. Her prose is published in The American Dream (Nation Books, 2008). Ali’s screenplays have been a Chesterfield Writer’s Project semi-finalist, a Scriptapalooza semi-finalist, a WeScreenplay finalist, an IFP Filmmakers Program finalist, and an Orchard Project finalist. Ali won the 2018 Writers For Writers fellowship, founded by Script Pipeline. She was also part of the 2015 Women in Film Mentorship program. Ali has written for networks like MTV, Vh-1, and FOX, and is a writer and consultant for the television shows Hollywood Darlings and Hot Date on the Pop Network.

Ali produces comedy charity shows for the non-profit PEACE OVER VIOLENCE, for which she also serves on the advisory board. She has performed and shared the stage with top acts such as Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Jimmy Fallon, Dave Foley, Greg Proops, Sarah Silverman, Tim Heidecker, Retta, and Reggie Watts.

Video clips can be found at http://www.youtube.com/aliontheair

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14 thoughts on “About Ali

  1. Ali – Thanks for the menition in your blog about Indie’s departure from LA radio… However, please note that we have not been “Star 98.7” for well over a year. We are simply nintey-eight seven, an alternative rock station making a lot of waves here in LA – with a larger 12+ cume audience than KROQ. Check us out more at http://www.987fm.com.
    Darren Rose
    Programming Coordinator
    On-Air Personality

  2. As luck would have it I weas listening to Spotify when I found your page and clicked on your page just as I found a new cracking song .Very appropriate. Its a stones song and I thought I knew all the good one .Apparently not “Jigsaw Puzzle” is on the beggars banquet album and its a cracker…I think you would like.

    It contains the line “there is a tramp on my doorstep trying to waste some time. With his methalated sandwhich he is a walking clothesline”

    not bad jagger not bad at all.

  3. The DJ Invertention videos are HILARIOUS, mostly because they are true.

    Been spinning records for 25+ years back in Boston – and I get paid less for a local gig that I did 15 years ago because of so many so called “DJs” who play with a library full of stolen downloads and no respect for the craft. Such a sad state of affairs.

    Best Wishes,

    Paul Dailey

    1. Thanks Paul! I’m from Boston and I can only imagine that it’s gotten worse. It’s really bad out here. Trust fund brats with ipods. I still crate dig for fun but it feels jurassic.

      Keep the faith!


  4. Hi Ali.

    It was great meeting you yesterday at the game and sorry for running out. I had a class to attend and a car valet. So I never returned your menu nor said goodbye.

    My contact info is on my blog, about page.

    Teddy Kechris

    1. I should have written… Sunday at the Cat & Fiddle. (technically neither of us were in South Africa although the surround sound vuvuzellas made it seem so.

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