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Jena Friedman

What comedy most inspires you?

Stand up aside, I’m really into comedy that interacts with the world and engages real people, those types of segments are hardest to produce because you never know what to anticipate but that type of comedy feels the most honest and interesting to me right now.

Which comedian most inspires you?

At the moment, George Carlin. His bit about how the planet will be fine and it’s people who will be fucked has comforted me more than anything as we slip into catastrophic climate change.

Which comedian scares the shit out of you because you know you'll never be that good?

There are too many things in the world to be scared of, so I don’t think any comedian would be on my list of fears but in terms of someone I’m just blown away by right now, I’d say Jordan Peele, especially as a writer and director. Satire is so hard to pull off and he just continually does it so well, it’s inspiring.

Why and how did you get into comedy?

I wrote a paper about improv in college and started taking classes in Chicago as research for the paper and I just fell in love.

What drives you to do what you do?

At the moment, my fear of America slipping into fascism.

Describe your perfect Tuesday.

I don’t know, I like working on cool projects with kind, smart people, so any day I get to do that is a good day.

Best piece of advice a comedian ever gave you?

It was a manager actually and he said “Just Do It”, he was definitely reading off of his shoe, but it resonated.

Worst piece of advice a critic ever gave you?

I love all critics. Even bad reviews are helpful.

Tell us a joke.

That’s like the comedy equivalent of saying “show me your tits”

What's the furthest you've travelled for the least amount of money/open spot?

I flew from New York to Edinburgh for the free fringe when I was just starting out, I lost money but it was worth it.

What are your goals for 2019?

To listen more.

On a scale of 1-10 , how hungry are you right now?


Interview originally published in 2018

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