What’s So Funny? – With Jackie Kashian

Levi Weinhagen talks shop with nationally touring comedian Jackie Kashian, host of a weekly podcast, "Dork Forest," and whose stand-up special was recently released by All Things Comedy.

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About this month’s featured guest in our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy:

Comedian Jackie Kashian’s latest stand-up special, “This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux” (now out through Al Madrigal and Bill Burr’s All Things Comedy), is deeply personal while also touching on a wide array of topics, from being a terrified stand-up in Iraq to grammar jokes and literary references to a what it’s like being a video game designer’s wife. Kashian is a nationally touring comic who has been working the road for nearly 20 years. She’s also hosted the amazing Dork Forest podcast for eight years, opened many times for her friend Maria Bamford, and appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Last Comic Standing, and most recently on Conan.

In this episode of What’s So Funny?, comic Jackie Kashian talks about the things she sometimes wishes young comics would do with heavily trodden premises and she tells wonderful stories about developing new material as well as the long journey older material can go on. Find her online at www.jackiekashian.com/.

About the host:

Levi Weinhagen is a comedy writer, podcast producer, theater maker and host. He has written & performed with the Brave New Workshop, the Ministry of Cultural Warfare, HUGE theater, Pick-A-Line productions, the Science Museum of Minnesota & many more. In 2010 Levi co-founded, along with Joshua English Scrimshaw, the Twin Cities based all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase.

Levi is the producer & host of the award-winning  Pratfalls of Parenting, a podcast featuring conversations with artists about the relationship between being an artist and being a parent. He is the co-host of the science and comedy podcast Regret Labs. He also produced and co-hosted the highly inappropriate improvised comedy podcast Trendz. From 2011 to 2013 I was social media manager and contributing writer for the online Twin Cities performing arts magazine Minnesota Playlist.

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Levi Weinhagen

LEVI WEINHAGEN writer, producer, performer, podcaster, trainer and educator TEACHING I currently develop curriculum for and lead classroom residencies and workshops as a teaching artist with the state-wide organization COMPAS. This has given me the opportunity to work in-depth with groups across the state including elementary age children of active duty military parents, middle school students from immigrant and refugee communities, intergenerational families coping with Alzheimers and elders …   read more