Amber J. Lawson
Amber J. Lawson, Raytown South High School, Class of 1990
Amber J. Lawson graduated from Raytown South High in 1990. The Amber J. Lawson Distinguished Performance Award established in Amber J’s name is given annually by the Raytown South music department. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatrical Performance from the University of Missouri, receiving the Greek Week Best Actress Award.
She began her acting career with Second City (Improvisational Theater) in Chicago. Under the auspices of Comedy Cocktail, Amber J partnered with Fox Entertainment Group, AOL, NBC Universal, Mania TV, Babelgum, Intel and Warner Brothers, and others to produce comedy shows including Comedy Cocktail and National Lampoon Lemmings.
Amber J is a producer and entrepreneur who currently programs and produces online content and is best known as the founder and CEO of Comedy Gives Back, a global multi-platform live-streamed stand-up comedy event benefiting charities. Amber J has gathered traditional and digital native comics together leveraging global platforms to raise money for charities. Headlining acts that have joined in Amber J’s efforts include, Jimmy Kimmel, Dane Cook, Garfunkel and Oates, Kevin Nealon, and Marc Maron.
Amber J has received numerous digital media awards and nominations from the Streamy Awards and Producers Guild of America. She received the 2011 National Association of Television Program Executives Luminary Award.
She was also nominated for the 2014 Interactive Original Emmy for the Comedy Gives Back 2013 Interactive Digital Telethon, and was the winner of the International Academy Web Television Best Live Event at Consumer Electronics Show/New Media Expo for Comedy Gives Back.
Amber J resides in Los Angeles, California.