May 2, 2015 by Jenna Zine
"What happened to April?" That's what you're probably asking yourself. Funny, as I am wondering the exact same thing. Oh, how fun to be on the same wavelength, dear reader! You are my soulmate. 

We could sit here, pondering the mysteries of the Universe while trying not to panic at the thought of a whole month that's gone a-missin'... OR we could talk comedy. I think you can guess which one I'm going to choose!

Let's see... where to start? Did you know I was featured on a really cool podcast? It's true! Danny Felts - comedian, athlete, podcaster, graphic designer, and all-around wonderful guy - invited me to be the subject of his lovely show "Regular People with Danny Felts." We walked around my old hood (SE Portland, which is also my current hood. Funny how the more things change - the more someone stays stuck in a really awesome rut) while dissecting the PDX music scene from the 90's, my many run-ins with Death Cab for Cutie (including the time I almost drank urine from a Gatorade bottle while on tour with the guys), and what lead me to laughter (aka "why I became a comedian"). It's a super fun listen, even if you are not me! 

Of course the big thing on the docket this month is the ONE YEAR anniversary of my baby, the Keep It Like A Secret comedy showcase! Yes, on Wednesday, May 27th, we will be celebrating the show that I started in my tiny apartment on a whim that has now turned into a powerhouse event. In honor of the first two apartment shows, we are bringing back the original two lineups to help us celebrate. Fun fact: I started this showcase because I was, in part, totally terrified of open mics and the first lineup includes some of the performers that I was in class with at the time. What's cool about this is, a year later, everyone has continued with comedy! An all-star class of people sticking to it - fuck, yeah!

Here's the tricky thing: the May KILAS, featuring Caitlin Weierhauser, Vena Mattraw, Cara Parker King, Tiffany Greysen, Stephen Miller, Jamie Morrisey, and Dave Carrico - plus very special guest Shane Torres, via Skype - is already sold out! 

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But don't fret - I've got you covered! I'm going to let you get a sneak peek at June, which is going to be totally stellar. We've got another KILAS a few short weeks after May's anniversary bash - and I highly recommend that you grab tickets asap. The lineup for the Thursday, June 11th event is: Kristine Levine (Portlandia, SXSW, and more), Barbara Holm (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Sketchfest, and more), Jon Washington (comedy gold), and Jeremiah Coughlan (a ginger gentleman and semi-finalist in Oregon's Funniest Comic competition) - plus me, your host and emcee! I'm also working on a super-sercret special Skype guest, to be announced soon. Oh - and it's my birthday (week/month); so please join me and come party down! 

Tickets are moving fast, but you can still grab 'em here at Eventbrite. Mark your calendar, and then your diary so that you can say, "I was there!"

I'm also performing at Capitol City Comedy on Friday, June 5th and a serious roster of hair metal karaoke on Saturday, June 6th - details to follow! As always, I heart you and hope to see you at the show! xo

[Photo: Yes, a tiny version of me - who still loves cake. Which, though it blends into the tablecloth, is totally hiding there.]
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Mar 3, 2015 by Jenna Zine
Were you hoping for a new headline? I thought about shaking it up, I really did. How about "Fifty Shades of Comedy"? No, too trendy. "March Means Laugh Your Ass Off!" It does mean that, and no one can really argue. Who can't laugh at a month that celebrates by turning Budweiser green? But then I thought to myself, "Jenna, you need to settle down and stay the course. Don't get fancy. Just state what's on your agenda." No flowery language - I only have time for making hay while the sun shines. Spoiler alert - I also won the heart of The Bachelor and I'm moving to Iowa!

But before I go off into the blissful hinterlands with the hottest Bachelor EVER, after the most AMAZING courtship and most SHOCKING season OF ALL TIME, I do have a few shows to complete. Let me tell you about them!

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First up is an event that's not mine, but is very special nonetheless. Hey, it doesn't have to be all about me, all of the time. At least that's what my therapist tells me. Anywhoodles - this is right around the corner, so unzip that wallet, remove that credit card, and book a seat Saturday, March 7th for the PDX Comedy Mix Tape! Ever dreamed of being on an album? This is your chance - a live recording of a comedy show, with an absolutely astounding lineup of some of the best comedians P-Town has to offer. All the details you need are right here. 

Next is a showcase I'm super honored to be a part of: Earthquake Hurricane Comedy at the uber-hip Kickstand Comedy Space. I'm part of an "emerging talent" lineup and I am soooo excited! That one is going down Wednesday, March 11th at 8:00 pm. It's technically free, but a $5 donation is highly encouraged. And trust me - it's gonna be so worth it. Embrace the rare opportunity to see someone emerge without all that awkward labor!

But, wait - there's more! Some of you might know that me and the hubs* just moved into our dream home and, to celebrate, we're having an EPIC garage sale! Again, if you know me, you know that I have a serious collection of vintage swag. For those of you who don't know, allow me to introduce myself as someone with a refined palette for steeze, combined with the shopping skills of a motherfucking ninja. i.e. - I used to thrift when you could actually score stuff (as is evident by this tantalizing shot of this adorable fish) and now I need to release a lot of it back into the world. What? Not comedy, you say? Oh, just wait until you see all the stuff I've collected. Trust me, my husband thinks it's HILARIOUS. We are shooting to unload these treasures the weekend of March 21 & 22. I am a lot of things, but not crazy enough to put my home address on this blog. Email me at: jenna@jennazine.com if you would like more details. Also, what a great way to test if anyone is reading this!

March isn't done. March will tell you when it's done! Next: the amazing Robert Ham (yes, that's his real name - lucky bastard) has asked me back to emcee another fab $5 Bill Showcase at Turn! Turn! Turn! on Killingsworth on Wednesday, March 25th. That lineup hasn't been announced - though I'm on it, so I think we have all the information we need. Ah, jk - I'll totes update when I get the info. 

And finally, here is a very special head's up regarding April. The next Keep It Like A Secret is Wednesday, April 8th - it's more than a month away and it's already on its way to selling out! But you are on my mailing list - you are smart and you know you need to act now so as not to miss Tom Brady (or, as I like to call him, Tom "Full Balls" Brady), Amy Miller, Jen Tam, Patrick Quinn, and Dave Ross (via Skype). It's gonna blow the roof off - don't miss it! Tickets and show info right here.


Until then, dear friends! And, as always, hope to see you at the shows! xo

(*Yes, I am one of those annoying women that refers to her husband as "the hubs." I hope you can forgive me.) 


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Feb 6, 2015 by Jenna Zine
Oh, yeah - it's a new month. The month of love. Or, if you're like me - the month of really not caring about the month of love, but you find that you and your husband have been invited to a really kick-ass party that happens to fall on Valentine's Day. And you're both like, "Wait, we don't celebrate Valentine's Day. But now that we've accidentally planned something on V-Day... well, we're kind of excited for V-Day." But only because it involves going to the coast and drinking a shitload of dark beers. We're not total assholes. 

By the way, did you note my restraint in not using an exclamation point in the header? Well, did you?! Damn it. I almost made it...

Now, let's get down to the nitty-gritty. It's time to list some killer comedy shows!

First up: It's subtle. It's couch potato-esque. It's live-Tweeting! Yes, Larry and I will be a peanut gallery of two and we will be Tweeting about the Grammys this coming Sunday, February 8th. If you don't think that falls under "comedy," just wait until Larry tries to spell Beyonce's name. Follow along! For Larry here and for myself here

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Next: I'm super excited to announce that I've been asked to partake in the fabulous Spilt Milk Showcase in Multnomah Village, hosted/conceived/curated by the wonderful duo of Joanie Quinn and Betsy Kauffman on Tuesday, February 17th. More details to follow, but I believe you can buy tickets here. Don't delay - these shows sell out every time!

And finally, the piece de resistance, our eighth Keep It Like A Secret on Wednesday, February 18th! You don't want to miss this one, it's an amazing lineup that includes: 

Nathan Brannon (Winner of the 35th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition), Danny Felts ( Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Spicy News), Robbie Pankow (world's foremost Miley Cyrus fan), and Christen Manville (comedy gold).

And, as if that isn't enough, we'll also have a very special guest, via Skype - Mr. Mike Lawrence (@midnight, the Comedy Central Half Hour, Conan, Seth Meyers, WTF with Marc Maron, You Made It Weird with Pete Holms, Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival and much, much more)!

Shake your money-maker - these shows also sell out, so grab your tickets now! Right here, at Eventbrite (further show details, including time and location, in this handy link you're about to click on). 

See you at the shows! xo
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