Maija has exploded onto the forefront of the comedy scene, blazing past her contemporaries, to be recognized as one of the most spectacular comediennes to come along in the past decade.
Maija has the opportunity to present her truly unique point of view to educate and unify audiences of all cultural backgrounds through laughter.
“As the daughter of an Italian native father, an African American mother, an Irish step mom, a Korean aunt and an old Sicilian grandmother. I don't know whether to be aggressive aggressive, passive aggressive, passive passive or slave slave." Maija's comedy is her personal commentary on dating, relationships, heritage, politics, culture and more. Maija enjoys making people laugh through her translation of the human condition, peppered with stories from different times of her life.
Maija has performed at legendary venues from The Beacon Theater to the Apollo to hundreds of top comedy clubs, festivals, and military bases, throughout the United States to Japan and around the world. Time Out New York referred to her as "the Excellent Maija" and one of "the freshest, funniest, unique voices to grace the microphone." The New York Daily News wrote, "Don't miss Maija. Catch her before TV audiences do."
Maija has performed comedy on many television shows, including NBC's "Comic's Unleashed", HBO's "Def Comedy Jam”, HBO's "Sex & The City”, Fox's "Laughs," BET's "Comic View," Showtime's "Michael Vick Comedy Explosion," Netflix's "Uncontrolled Comedy Hour," and More. Maija first made her national television debut on the"Showtime at the Apollo” where she turned a booing audience into a standing ovation
Maija made her mark in radio when she co-hosted "The Hot 97 Morning Show with Ed and Maija" with Ed Lover, in New York City. During her tenure, at the station, their show was the number one morning show in the country .
Maija directed the film "Bitter Jester," which centered on being a female comic in pursuit of justice and accolades in the art of stand up, and featured interviews with George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Chevy Chase, Kevin James, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg and others. The New York Times and Variety both gave glowing reviews of the film.
Maija has performed with a myriad of industry standouts, including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Dane Cook, Wanda Sykes, Jim Norton, Lisa Lampanelli, Jeff Ross, Louis CK, Mike Epps, and Tracy Morgan.
A Sanford Meisner trained actress under William Alderson, Maija performed a one woman tour de force, "RATS!" from New York City to California. Her performance featured six stories of love gone wrong told through six modernized Shakespearean characters receiving rave reviews.
Maija grew up as no stranger to show business. Her mother, Sylvia Copeland, was a renowned concert vocalist and prodigy on the piano who performed around the world. Maija grew up in the tap studio of her uncle, Tony Award winning choreographer, Henry Le Tang. Due to the combined influence of her family, Maija was introduced to a show business world that transformed her into the dynamic, well rounded character actress that she is today
It seems clear that Maija is one of the most talented performers to hit the national scene in years. Her multifaceted approach to all levels of show business, coupled with her natural abilities for original characterizations, will definitely allow her to become a performer of meteoric proportions.