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Los Angeles born Jovanka started her career in theatre, moved to improv and then to Stand Up comedy and has been performing comedy around the US for the last 5 years.
Blond, attractive and American - she has a lot of comedy hurdles to get over but her easy and approachable style gets cynical Brits on her side with warm, intelligent material packed full of punchlines. She is a confident and bright performer who delights in making us squirm at her Americanism, then squirms with us!
"A very very impressive
act ... grace and charm and some excellent one-liners" - BBC Radio London
(review Feb 02)
³piercingly smart observations² Chortle on-line review
Jovanka has appeared extensively in the US at prestigious venues including LA Comedy Store and Improv, San Francisco Improv, Punchline Club and Holy City Zoo, Comedy Works in Denver and Comedy Works in Boise, Idaho. TV / acting work in US includes appearances on NBC, MTV and ABC TV . Theatre work includes Loretto Theatre, Theatre Theatre (L. A.) and principle writing roles for Sketch Comedy.
She has visited and worked in the UK on and off since she was 14 and her UK work now includes headliner slots at Liverpool Rawhide, Glasgow The Stand and many of the smaller London gigs plus repeat gigs at Manchester Frog&Bucket, Bracknell Arts Centre, Camberley Arts Centre and Reading Arts Centre.
Edinburgh 2002 solo show at Gilded Balloon performed to sell out houses and great reviews:
³Easily my favourite of the festival² The Stage
³The show has punch and pizzazz; she has charm and charisma - go see² **** Scotsman
³What a breath of fresh air ... searing dissections of national quirks ..Jovanka Steele is a natural comic who deserves to go far² **** Metro
UK TV & Radio: BBC Radio Scotland - Jovanka is a regular guest on the Fred McCaulay show; C4 - pilot submitted July 02 with production company; BBCR4 - pilot submitted June 02