Hannah Berner Shifted From Tennis to Reality TV and Now to Stand-up Comedy
Hannah Berner is a jack of all trades. She started as a competitive tennis player, transitioned into a reality television star, and now she has proved her mettle as a standup comedian.
At present, she runs multiple podcasts and performs standup in NYC and at clubs around the country.
Berner to Leave ‘Summer House’ after Season 3
After her three season-long stint on Bravo’s Hamptons-set reality series Summer House, Berner has decided to commit to her standup career and quit the reality show.
In May 2021, she took to Instagram to announce that she wouldn’t be appearing on the reality show this summer.
Making people laugh is what brings me joy and I am so excited to announce that I will spending this summer touring my standup and telling fart jokes at comedy clubs and theaters near you.
According to her website, she will be performing at Helium Comedy Club in Indianapolis, Levity Live in West Nyack, Addison Improv in Texas, and Houston Improv in Texas in August 2021.
Fiancé Des Bishop Supports Her
While Berner is making a new move in her career, she has found the support of her fiancé Des Bishop, an Irish-American comedian.
Bishop has occasionally performed standup with his girlfriend, which is a sign of love and support.
For instance, she posted a standup video on her Instagram on July 3, 2021, which featured her fiance Bishop, asking her followers to show up during her performances in various cities, including Philadelphia, Richmond, Indianapolis.
The two started dating in late 2020 after she responded to his DM in July 2020. They subsequently got engaged on 2021 Valentine’s Day.
Berner Ended Her Tennis Career After a Car Accident
Berner, born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up with a dream to become a professional tennis player. Because of that, she began getting tennis lessons when she was around seven-year-old.
But speaking with New York Tennis Magazine in April 2020, she recalled a pro tennis player telling her that she was "too late to be a professional tennis player."
However, she didn't let that statement stop her. Instead, she continuously worked hard and practiced, which resulted in her shooting up the junior rankings inside the Top 15 in the country at 14.
Berner then joined the Beacon School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and played for the boys' team since there was no girls' team.
Playing there, she won various titles, including the 2009 Eastern Sectional, All-City Girl's Tennis Player of the Year, and the Mayor's cup on the Beacon's boys' tennis team.
Even after high school, she continuously competed in singles and doubles until the 2012-13 season.
In 2013, she also earned Team MVP honors after compiling an 8-12 spring record that included a 3-7 mark in Big Ten play.
But one day, before the Big 10 Championships, she got hit by a car while walking to one of the morning workouts. The accident put her out of the game for about two months.
"Even though I got back on the court in time for the conference championships, I ended up losing a few matches," she added. "And I had one of those moments where I thought the universe was telling me something, and I tried to be very logical in that moment.”
Afterward, pushing herself to the limit every time she was on the court started becoming weary. She felt she could do something other than tennis.
Her thoughts led her to get in touch with a social media company, where she helped them make funny videos and write skits.