Last night, I had the honor to share the stage with Jessica Kirson (above), literally one of the best comics on Earth. The show was at Broadway Comedy Club in New York, and Jessica stopped by as a personal favor to me. You see, I was one of the organizers of a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and I needed a fantastic headliner to round out the show lineup..
Jessica fits the bill, and then some. I have known her for ten years and I've always considered her a very special talent. The way she draws on her personal life struggles (overeating, overcompensating, oversympathizing, and so on) to create incredibly honest and absolutely hilarious material (e.g. oatmeal is good for you unless you add six boxes of brown sugar to it—then it's just cake) is nothing short of masterful. The beauty of Jessica's work is that she lets us not only see her imperfections, but also enjoy them, laughing together at her pain as well as our own.
In a comedy landscape that is becoming increasingly self-indulgent, long-winded, narcissistic, and preachy, Jessica stands out as a person who addresses her issues quite honestly onstage but never forgets that comedy should be, above all, funny. Too often, comedians remember to talk about pain but forget to bring us pleasure.
If you're looking for a wonderful comedy role model who understands how truth and vulnerability should interact with actual, honest-to-goodness punchlines, look no further than my friend Jessica: http://www.jessicakirson.com
By the way, we raised over $1,200 for LLS.