THE HOUR OF POWER HOUR with Jen Kirkman, Laura Kightlinger, Rachel Bloom and Erik Griffin
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Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian and the author of the book, “I Can Barely Take Care of Myself,” which became an instant New York Times Bestseller when it was released in April 2013. Her Netflix Original Comedy Special, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” is streaming now worldwide.
You’ve seen Jen on her regular appearances on Comedy Central’s @midnight. She’s done stand up on many late night shows including: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno & Conan, Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately. Jen is also well known for her roles as the narrator in many episodes of the web-turned-TV series “Drunk History” which aired on Comedy Central.
Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s “Self Help.”
“Her act has the feel of that wonderful moment at the end of a party when you are left alone to gossip with your best friend about the horrible and ridiculous things that just went on.” - The New York Times. Jen has a weekly podcast, “I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman”, which is often in the top 100 in comedy on iTunes. Jen tours the world as a stand-up but lives in Los Angeles. Jen’s second book “I Know What I’m Doing & Other Lies I Tell Myself (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction) is coming out through Simon & Schuster in 2016.
Laura Kightlinger stands out as a true original in the world of comedy. Her individual style and vision echoes through the incredibly popular characters on the hit NBC series "Will and Grace." In addition to her title as consulting producer on "Will and Grace," she's earned a recurring role on the show as "Nurse Shelia." Her first book, entitled "Quick Shots of False Hope," was described by the New York Times Book Review as a "memorable, disturbing and darkly comic debut." Laura is writing a TV pilot based on the book. Laura's unique talent has landed her film roles in "Run Ronnie Run" (with David Cross), "Pootie Tang" (starring Chris Rock), the Farrelly Brothers' "Shallow Hal," "Melvin Goes to Dinner," directed by Bob Odenkirk and the Eddie Murphy film, "Daddy Daycare." Kightlinger recently finished directing her first documentary, entitled "Sixty Spins Around the Sun," chronicling the New York City street movement to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Laura garnered the Director's Award at the Black Maria Film Festival for a short film she also wrote and starred in called "Dependable People." In addition to writing for "Will and Grace" for the past five years, Laura has written for "Roseanne," "Dennis Miller Live" and "Saturday Night Live," where she was also a featured performer. Laura was a cast member of Roseanne's sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Special" on Fox. She has made guest appearances on "Tenacious D, the Greatest Band in the World"...She now lives in Los Angeles and performs at local clubs.
Rachel Bloom is a comedian based in Los Angeles. She currently writes for the Adult Swim show “Robot Chicken” and is developing a musical television pilot for Fox Studios. Rachel specializes in the combination of music and comedy, creating comedic music videos for the internet as well as performing live shows around the Los Angeles area. She wrote and performed two musical sketch shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters on both coasts: “Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!!” and “Sing Out, Louise!” Her 2010 music video “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury” was a viral sensation and nominated for a Hugo Science Fiction Award. Her music videos have been featured on FunnyorDie, Huffingtonpost, Buzzfeed and Wired, among others. She was also a writer for the Fox animated show “Allen Gregory.”
Rachel graduated from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts in 2009 with a BFA in Theater. At NYU, she studied with the CAP 21 musical theater studio, Experimental Theater Wing, and International Theater Workshop in Amsterdam. She was also a writer, performer and director for the college sketch group HammerkatzNYU.
Fans of the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics” instantly recognize Erik Griffin as the show’s iconic series regular Montez. Erik also tours the country headlining popular comedy clubs and colleges every weekend. His debut comedy album, Technical Foul: Volume One, will be released this March. His Comedy Central Presents Half-Hour Stand-Up Special will premiere this year. Erik is a first generation American-born comedian/actor who made the decision in 2003 to quit his job and plunge headlong into making comedy his full-time occupation.
Erik first gained national exposure performing in the ALMA nominated “Payaso Comedy Slam” seen on Showtime and Comedy Central networks, “Live at Gotham” on Comedy Central, “Last Comic Driving” on NBC, “Comics Without Borders” on Showtime, nationally syndicated “Comics Unleashed;” He can also be seen featured in several national commercials, including the Emmy winning, Budlight “Swear Jar.” In 2008 at the Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, he received overwhelming reviews. Erik was featured at the 2008 NACA National Conference, the 2007 East Regional and 2006 NACA West Regional Showcases. He is currently headlining clubs and colleges throughout the United States and Canada.
Mostly recently, Erik was seen on “Surviving the Holidays” with Lewis Black on the History Channel, he was featured in the Tribeca Film Festival Documentary “Just Like Us,” and will be touring the world promoting the movie. Erik was also a guest star on the hit TNT show “Franklin & Bash.”
With his multicultural background, a Central American-Caribbean mother, a father of European decent, Erik blends well into the North American landscape particularly in this era of cultural diversity. With his routine full of hilarious observations about life, love and self evaluation, he brings together all ages and ethnic backgrounds, which makes for an uproariously good time.
The Power Hour marches into it's third fantabulous year at the Improv! Join us for our finest show yet, featuring quality live music, audience prizes and glorious games for just 5 bucks!
JEN KIRKMAN (Drunk History) [*Special Extended Set]
LAURA KIGHTLINGER (The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman)
ERIK GRIFFIN (Workaholics)
RACHEL BLOOM (Please Love Me)
...plus more SURPRISE GUESTS sure to stimulize your brain!
Also featuring live musics by that gyrating gentry, JACK & GENE!
The Hour of Power Hour is your semi-monthly face-melting of the freshest voices in sketch and stand-up comedy straight from the steaming-hot ovaries of Hollywood! Presented by The Devastator, the quarterly comedy magazine that has been amplifying the laughter of human society since 2009. Produced and hosted by Lee Keeler (ScreenJunkies.com), the show features the finest in Devastation that comedy has to offer! Previous guests have included Maria Bamford, David Spade, Greg Proops, Paul Scheer, Matt Besser, Kyle Kinane, TJ Miller, Greg Fitzsimmons, David Koechner, Rob Delaney, James Urbaniak, Kumail Nanjiani, Greg Behrendt, Rich Fulcher, Neal Brennan, Myq Kaplan, Ali Wong, Dominic Dierkes, Moshe Kasher, Sean Patton, Jackie Kashian, Eddie Pepitone, Keith Knight, Brendon Walsh, DC Pierson, Brent Weinbach, Dave Anthony, Rick Overton, Ken Tanaka, Allan Havey and more!