Tere Joyce was your typical American stand-up comedian who’s goals, life, and career existed in the matrix of Hollywood. Then one day, she found herself staring at the barrel of a gun during a federal DEA raid in a California medical marijuana dispensary. The experience was a catalyst for Joyce to examine her government, politics, media, cannabis legalization, and the one percent.
After the raid, Tere experienced the beginning of her awakening and realized that her involvement with the cannabis plant was not an accident. She saw that the cannabis/hemp plant had been suppressed and that it’s freedom was directly connected to the life and health of the planet. Her creative awakening has inspired her to become an “art activist” and she currently generates online media to foster awareness not only to promote freedom for the cannabis plant but for ourselves.
She began to work with a non-profit the “Patient Advocacy Network” which she currently serves as one of their board members. She has produced, hosted and performed her stand-up comedy for fundraisers for those who needed legal defense funds IE. growers and California medical marijuana dispensary operators who have been targeted and raided by the DEA , Feds, local police, or IRS. She helped create the first medical marijuana float to be entered in the West Holllywood Gay Pride Parade. The controversial float made the the judges laugh and ended up winning the coveted “Butterfly Award” for the most colorful and original float.
Tere co-hosted Cannabis Times radio for six months before she branched off and began to host her own cannabis internet radio show Hollywood Hemptress Hour on newdissidentradio.com. Hollywood Hemptress Hour currently airs on the Time 4 Hemp Network and iHeartRadio. Check out her show page here. In January of 2014 Tere launched the Freedom Of Joyce Show on Revolution Radio at freedomslips.com.
In 2011, she became involved with Occupy LA, and having been disillusioned with the mainstream media’s coverage of the movement, she chose to contribute by working with the Occupy LA media department. She posted interviews, blogs, and photos of what was happening at Occupy LA, on her twitter, youtube, facebook, and internet radio show.
Her most recent occupy journalism is her live stream coverage of Portland Oregon’s Camp Cascadia Occupy MT. Tabor protest.
Joyce is best known for her stand-up comedy, having first traveled throughout the United States and Canada performing in comedy clubs and pubs. She is a trained theatre geek since the age of nine. When asked to go out on date in high school her reply was, “I can’t…I have a rehearsal.” She was a Theater Arts major in college, and studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
In 2003 Tere Joyce was a top ten finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and also was a competing cast member on the third season. She has written three screenplays in films that were AVN Award nominated and directed by filmmaker Erica McLean. Tere has done voiceover work and improvisational bits on radio shows such as the Jon Melichar Show and Power 106. She has appeared on several internet shows such as, Good Job Thanks!, The Free Speech Show, The Damage Report, Porn Star Pundits, and Fight Church TV.