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I’ve got a new robot spleen, too

October 27, 2005

I just got a Treo. I am overwhelmed by technology. When I got my iPod last month, I accidentally deleted the iPod playlist, and now I can’t figure out how to change what’s on the iPod at all. I got a voice recorder for the iPod and recorded some comedy but I haven’t figured out how to get the comedy off the iPod.

Now, more technology. I signed up for a Frappr map. You can go here and add yourself, and then I can see little pinpoints on the map for all of you. Isn’t that neat? Or, it could be, if some of you go add yourselves.

Add yourself to my Frappr map!
Update: Some of you have started adding yourselves to the map! See, it is neat! Maybe if enough people add themselves, I’ll know where to go on tour! If you want me to come to your city, just get some other people near you to map themselves. This is a superb use of technology, although I have a hard time imagining who but me would actually find this useful. I mean, if you’re using it to map people you know, well … don’t you already know where your friends live? Thanks, Frappr, for making this technology available; I like you even though you dislike the orthodox usage of vowels in English.

More Update: This is probably amazing only to New Yorkers, but my Treo sends text messages on the subway. You know how sometimes you get a bit of reception on the platform or stopped at a station? I wrote a message on my Treo while on the 6 and tried to send the message. On my old phone, a message that can’t be saved is saved to “Drafts” and then I would have to go find it again later and remember to send it. Instead, my Treo conveniently informed me that the text message would be sent automatically next time I was on the network. And then, without bothering me one bit, my Treo kept trying, patiently, in the background, and then surprised me at the 86th St. stop with a notice that the message had sent.

I am an all-out cyborg. I am having my eyes replaced with robot eyes that will see into all of your fragile organic souls.

friends of Dorothy are friends of Playgirl

October 27, 2005

The photographer for Playgirl is still sending me photos to see if I think the models are hot. She sent two and asked what I thought. “A five out of ten and a gay out of ten,” I replied.

friends of Neal Pollack read my blog

October 27, 2005

Another entry in the JenIsFamous $50 Photo Contest — J.D. Finch is reading JenisFamous in his glasses. How’d he do that?

Everybody needs friends. Even satirically-minded marital aid reviewers.

October 27, 2005

The Sarcastic Sex Toy Blog now has its own MySpace membership. Go make friends!

November 9th. Arrive early to get a seat. The Jenny V Show turns standing-room only pretty fast.

October 27, 2005

I could not be more excited about the November 9th Jenny Vaudeville Show. A woman is going to eat glass. Banjo playing, Onion headlines, medieval Jewish rap. I have actually heard Soce rap to classical music. He is no novelty act; that’s talent. I am also pleased that Curtis Eller (pictured) is putting the “vaudeville” back in the Jenny Vaudeville Show. And everyone wants to know if the glass-eater spits or swallows. You could try to ask her yourself. She might bitchslap you for it.

Here is the handbill for the November 9th show

Thanks again to Jamie B. Wolcott for the illustration (photo of Curtis Eller also by Ms. Wolcott).

The Jenny Vaudeville Show
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 10pm, FREE
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St.

Musical comedy, ventriloquism, magic, dancing unicorns! Audience members can win prizes in trivia and literary contests! Emceed by comedienne Jenisfamous, this month featuring glass-eater A.V. Phibes, banjo player Curtis Eller, Onion writer Sam Means reading his rejected headlines, and medieval Jewish rapper Soce the Elemental Wizard.

Directions to Pete’s: Take the L train to the second stop in Brooklyn, Lorimer. Exit at the head of the train, and walk along Lorimer in the direction of the BQE. Pete’s is 1.5 blocks past the BQE, on your left. 709 Lorimer Street, between Frost and Richardson Streets. (718) 302-3770.

the value of punctuation: it conveys meaning!

October 27, 2005

I saw a sign at 2nd Ave and St. Marx that said:


It didn’t have any punctuation. I think the intended meaning was “Help wanted: pizzaman.” (A colon goes before a list or explanation). However, it could have been “Help wanted, Pizzaman!”

And then the imperiled people light the Pizzaman Signal, sending a distress beacon into the night sky, and Pizzaman comes flying in, faster than a speeding pepperoni stick, ready to save the day … with pizza.

precision comedy

October 27, 2005

I did a set at The Social tonight. I came in right towards the end (I left work as early as I could, but I still didn’t arrive until the last quarter of the show), the producer pointed at me and mouthed “You’re next!”, and I was on stage five minutes later. Then the show ended, I met a couple of fabulous comics (shout-outs: Katina! Billy! Nick!) and re-encountered some more fabulous comics of previous acquaintanceship (Laura! Jenny!) and I was out of there with a total time usage of perhaps forty minutes. That’s efficiency!

I just received an email from the producers of the Laughing Liberally comedy show I am doing November 1st. The email said “Hope you’re well. The exact time you’re performing is below… You will be performing at 10:09pm on Nov 1st.”

That is one finely-crafted precision instrument of a show.

The Tour

October 26, 2005

I have not yet named my first-ever comedy tour. I think I’m going to stick with the basics: The JenisFamous Show. I’m getting more buttons, reduplicating CDs, and getting other merch (new t-shirts) to offer. This November, I am touring to Charlottesville, Cleveland, and Austin. In the new year, I am touring to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, D.C., Syracuse, New Hampshire/Vermont, and Chicago.

If you live in one of those cities, you could sign up here:

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If you live elsewhere but could help me get the word out in one of those cities, I’d love an email from you.

hot guys in flight suits

October 26, 2005

I sent an email to my mom with the subject heading “Playgirl calling.” She wrote “This sounds a lot better than ‘Avon calling.’”

this, my friends, is the caliber of entertainment I bring to you

October 25, 2005

Molly Crabapple at the last Jenny Vaudeville Show. Photo by Aeric Meredith-Goujon.

Come to the next show on November 9 (10pm, Pete’s, free) to watch A.V. Phibes (the woman who taught Molly to eat fire!) up the ante by eating glass.

Laughing Liberally on November 1st

October 25, 2005

Laughing Liberally is a new progressive comedy show that sets out to save democracy one laugh at a time. Expect astute commentary, side-splitting laughs and passionate prose that takes a bitingly humorous look at the state of the union. So join us a Laughing Liberally at Stand-Up New York, October 25, November 1, 8 and 15.

(236 West 78th Street – west of Broadway)

Tuesday Oct. 25th, Nov. 1st*, 8th & 15th
$10 Cover ˆ No Drink Minimum
Reservations: (212) 595-0850

Featured Comics:
Ted Alexandro (Tough Crowd), Eddie Brill (Late Night w/ David Letterman), Jim David (Tough Crowd), Julie Goldman(VH-1)
Marga Gomez (Comedy Central), Dean Obeidallah(Comedy Central), Maysoon Zayid (MTV and 20/20), and many others.

* I will be appearing in the Nov. 1 show. And I’m bringing my abortion jokes.

oh, baby

October 25, 2005

I met comic Carolyn Castiglia’s baby! Carolyn was not only doing comedy right up until she went into labor, she was doing leg kicks and deep squats in her comedy act (I even found you a few-weeks old picture, at right). Some of us were a little afraid to laugh. But I now look forward to a gamut of breastfeeding jokes.

Cutely, I was holding little Adriana when she got hungry and turned her head in … and tried to suck on one of the buttons on my dress. That’s time to turn the baby back over to the lady with the all-organic milk supply….

Might as well plug Chicks & Giggles here, the all-female comedy show Carolyn runs and in which I perform fairly regularly. It was sort of Carolyn’s “baby,” until she had a, you know, baby.

a discourse on Halloween

October 25, 2005

Everybody wants to be all sexy for Halloween. Sexy vampires, sexy nurses, sexy bumblebees. Apparently there’s a “sexy barista” costume that says something on the shirt like “warning: contents are very hot.” Whatever.

I’m going as Minnie Mouse. I was wearing a red, full-skirted vintage dress yesterday with black tights and flats and kind of realized I already had a bit of the Minnie thing covered. All I need is some ears. I like to be efficient with my social events. I’m not spending all day putting something together.

As an addendum, I’d like to say that I would never dress as Minnie and be accompanied by a man dressed as Mickey, because if you’re going to be a walking Disney ad, you should get paid for that shit. Although it might be funny to go as Minnie and, say, Goofy, because of that old dirty joke.

the story of my, um, success

October 25, 2005

A friend told me today that my website makes it sound like my entire life has been a straight-shot to success.


I suppose I neglected to blog about my failed company (1999-2003, RIP) breaking me as a person, being sick in Virginia with no health insurance, selling everything I owned to crazy old ladies, moving to New York with $400 in a beat-up car, moving into an room-for-rent in Harlem in a railroad apartment outside of which a sea of unemployed people drank on the stoop all day and many drugs were consumed by persons other than me, getting my car stolen and still having to make payments on it, getting the job I moved to the city for and then losing it, dating my roommate and then breaking up (excruciatingly) a year later and having to move, having my parents refuse to cosign on a new apartment, having another year of run-ins with men of poor character, and then … finally … this thing called comedy started to work out. And it turns out the internet marketing skills left over from running my company were also kind of useful. And a gay man bought my eggs.

And that’s it. Now I have a job where I tutor well-to-do students in their homes, which tends to remind me that even though I am happy with my life, some sixteen year olds, after asking me what I got on my SATs, like to peer condescendingly at me and ask “Have you ever considered other professions?”

Yes, yes, I should have gone into investment banking! Then I would have a MUCH more interesting blog.

bring your show and tell items and come hang out with me in my aura of contentment

October 24, 2005

It’s chilly out, but I’m wearing a dress from Dangerdame (pictured) and now sitting at Pete’s using their wireless, waiting for my comedy show to begin at 7:30. I like wearing vintage-style dresses that make old men smile at me, approvingly, on the street.

I’ve pretty much never been happier. Just FYI.

This November, I am touring to Charlottesville, Cleveland, and Austin. If you live in one of those cities, you could sign up here:

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