Iva's list of credits includes the smash stage play "The Maintenance Man" in which she toured and co-starred in the role of Tina alongside Billy Dee Williams (Lady Sings The Blues & Mahogany) and Darius McCrary (Family Matters). Furthermore, her hysterical performance as Diane in the film "The Wash", alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop, Ludacris, Eminem and more had all of Hollywood discussing her star potential. Most recently you can find Iva's star continuing to rise as a lead in Kadeem Hardison's directorial debut feature, "The Dark Party". She also gets to thrill fans as a lead in her first feature horror film, "Marco Polo"! Never one to sit still, Iva tested for the highly proclaimed "SNL" and starred as well in Showtime's "Damon Wayan's: The Underground" a sketch show Produced and Directed by Damon Wayan's. Iva also took on multiple hats when she wrote, starred in, produced and co-directed her first short, the hysterical "I'm Every Woman", where she displayed her talents with multiple characters. Iva is a witty, and humorous young lady whose greatness shines just as the road to success is sure. She is not only a phenomenal actress but excels as a stand-up comedian, with a keen sense of "on your feet" timing and incredible comedic ability. Iva credits her stand-up comedy career to her friend and highly respected comedian, "Cedric the Entertainer". Iva has always been an actress first so it was no easy task getting her to do stand-up. However, persistently prompted by Cedric, as he witnessed firsthand her uncanny knack of recanting humorous and animated stories; she finally did it and has never looked back! Iva feels extremely honored to be encouraged by two of her inspirations, comedy greats, Eddie Murphy, "you can take on a variety of different roles because you're extremely versatile"... and Martin Lawrence; "you remind me of Lucille Ball, and Carol Burnet, Hollywood needs someone like you"! In between filming projects, you can catch up with Iva on the road, she's toured and featured for various comedians such as Damon Wayans, Ralph Harris, Joe Torry, Guy Torry, Gary Owens, and Shang just to name a few! Also be on the lookout for Iva on a television near you as she's a featured Comedian and writer on the hit shows, NBC's "Last Comic Standing", Martin Lawrence's "First Amendment", "Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza" as well as BET's "Comic View". Having been featured on several sitcoms, some feature films under her belt AND a thriving stand-up career, Iva is clearly on a non-stop mission to conquer Hollywood! Often times pegged as the "female version" of Martin Lawrence for her physical comedy, she takes the compliment with stride and you can be sure that every performance will be delivered with animated fury, and lovable style.
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