Jessica Makinson is a writer/director/actor in Los Angeles.
Starting out in TV as an actor and improviser, she has worked as a series regular on shows SOUTH PARK, HALFWAY HOME, TRIGGER HAPPY TV and JOE SCHMO 2 with Rhett Rhese and Paul Wernick. Other credits include MODERN FAMILY, ANIMAL PRACTICE and a recurring role on IFC's MARON.
As a filmmaker, Jessica's first short film SKIN screened at Fantasia Film Festival with the all female directed block of genre shorts "BORN OF WOMAN" which went on to tour around the country. CutPrintFilm described it as, "...Makinson is perfectly able to capture a sense of intimacy between the “couple.” This is a remarkable little film."
Her latest short SEXXY DANCER premiered at Marfa Film Festival in 2018.
Having previously developed with Comedy Central, Makinson continues to write, pitch and develop projects for film and TV.
Jessica Makinson directing SKIN. (with cinematographer Ben Kasulke)
Uber talented writer/director Hannah Marks created this knock out short film currently in post. Makinson plays Mum to the lovely Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom).
Makinson stars opposite Fred Armisen and Patton Oswalt in the award winning short film by Tom Stern. Adapted from a George Saunders short story, ADAMS was produced by JASH and has won "Best Comedy Short" Hollyshorts Festival. "Best International Short Film" Fabrique De Cinema Festival in Rome 2019.
Theme Park Improv plays a longfom set at SFSketchfest Sat. Jan. 11th @ 10pm Brava Theatre Center in San Fransisco! Cast includes; Rachel Dratch (SNL), John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) Michael Hitchcock (Best in Show), Jessica Makinson (South Park), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture Podcast) and Janet Varney (Stan Against Evil). More info... https://sfsketchfest2020.sched.com/event/Xpnz/theme-park-improv
Also check out Theme Park Improv website...
Makinson returns as Vice Principal Strong Woman in season 23 of South Park for Comedy Central. Check out Strong Woman in a strong woman competition in episode 2307 "Board Girls".
Makinson will play Kathee Goode in the series GOLDEN REVENGE for Warner Bros. and Retrofit Films. An action packed series that is best described as the grown up version of "Homeward Bound" premiered at CANNES International Series Festival. Also starring David Cross, Natasha Leggero and Ice T.
The Armando Show LA continues as one of the longest running improv shows in Los Angeles. See the veteran cast improvise with guest monologist, DC Comics writer Brandee Stillwell. @ Acme Noho Theatre 5124 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601