Comedian, actress, DJ, and musician (with a master’s from Columbia) known for Insecure
"Amanda Seales (born July 1, 1981), formerly known by her stage name Amanda Diva, is an American comedian, actress, disc jockey (DJ), recording artist, and radio personality. Aside from her solo career, she was also a touring member of the musical group Floetry.
Amanda Seales was born in Inglewood, CA at Daniel Freeman Hospital on July 1, 1981. Her mother was born and raised in Mt. Moritz, Grenada. Her father is African-American. As a result, her mother is a dual citizen of the United States of America and Grenada. She moved to Orlando, Florida in 1989, where she later attended Dr. Phillips High School. She graduated from SUNY-Purchase, then acquired a master's degree in African-American studies with a concentration in Hip Hop from Columbia University.
Seales's first film was a minor role as Katy in the 1993 movie Cop and a Half. The next year Seales was featured on the Nickelodeon sitcom My Brother and Me (1994) as Deonne Wilburn. In 2002 she appeared on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam. Seales became publicly known as "VJ Amanda Diva" on MTV2 Sucker Free Countdown on Sundays. In 2016 she appeared in a recurring role on the HBO series Insecure, as Tiffany DuBois. Also in 2016, Seales began hosting her own show on truTV called Greatest Ever.
In February 2019, Seales was announced as the host of NBC’s upcoming comedy competition series Bring the Funny.
In 2007, Seales replaced Natalie Stewart of the musical duo Floetry on tour with Marsha Ambrosius, and in December of that same year Seales (as Amanda Diva) released her first extended play (EP) Life Experience. In 2008, she was featured on the song "Manwomanboogie" on Q-Tip's Grammy-nominated album The Renaissance. On March 3, 2009, Seales released Spandex, Rhymes & Soul.
In 2017, she changed her professional name back to her birth name.
Around the time of her name change back to Seales she also began a career as a stand-up comedian. On January 26, 2019, HBO debuted her first stand-up comedy special I Be Knowin'.
Seales is the host of Small Doses, a fun-packed, hour-long podcast in the format of soliloquies on a host of topics like sex, narcissism, and the effects of fame. In 2018 she finished her first Smart, Funny, and Black tour. Lituation 101 sold out all of its 24 shows.
In 2010, Seales teamed up with Truth, to start an anti-smoking campaign." (1)