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Rachel Arieff was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She began her career as a stand-up comic in Austin, Texas, where she performed regularly at the Velveeta Room. After a few years there, she moved to New York City, then to Los Angeles, to pursue her comedy career at a more competitive level.

After the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, the U.S. government took advantage of the subsequent chaos and fear among the citizenry to engage in profiteering wars, implement economic policies designed to make the ultra-rich even richer at the expense of the middle-class and poor, and increasingly subject its ordinary citizens to violations of their basic human rights. So, dismayed by the rapid deterioration of her mother country, and aware of the diminishing chances of a good quality of life in the future, Rachel Arieff moved to Barcelona in 2004. She lives there to this day, where she enjoys a successful career as a writer, comedian and actress, eternally grateful to her adopted home that has made all this possible.