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Rachel Van Nes was born and raised on an almond farm in Modesto, CA, consistently ranked in the Top 10 Most Miserable Cities in the US on account of all the car theft, drugs, and murder. When you’re from a place like that, you have two options: give up or develop a sense of humor. Rachel chose to do the latter and now writes empathy-driven comedies with deeply-flawed female protagonists.

Most recently, Rachel was staffed on NETFLIX'S INSIDE JOB S2. She wrote for Wisecrack and Pencilmation, Youtube’s largest 2D Animation-focused original creator channel. Her writing has also been featured in Reductress, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The New Yorker. Rachel recently had an animated pilot optioned by Paradoxical Productions and another—an AFF Rooster Teeth Women in Animation Finalist—in development with Cinetic Media.


Rachel studied improv, sketch and satire at UCB and Second City and spent the past 6 years writing sketch comedy and performing improv on House Teams at UCB LA. In another life, Rachel was a D1 Cross Country athlete, cell and molecular researcher, and med school hopeful with degrees in Biology and Spanish. 

Rachel is currently repped by Alison Mann at Fourth Wall Management. In her spare time, Rachel aspires to be a soup witch.

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