Sep 18, 2014 by Jenna Zine
Hello all!

It seems like summer just started, and then I blinked and it is was over! I know it always feels that way, but damn - I want my money back. Regardless of the impending rain, things are great - I'm very busy over here at Jenna Zine Presents. There are so many fun events on the calendar that it makes embracing fall that much easier, so let's get to it!

In just a few days, Larry and I will kick off our fifth Keep It Like A Secret at Jackpot! Recording Studio on Wednesday, Sept. 24th and the lineup is killer! 

First up, via Skype, is NYC comedian Ted Alexandro. Ted has been on every major late night television talk show (think Letterman, Kimmel, Conan, and more) and has opened for Louis C.K. at Carnegie Hall. For some magical reason (he's really gracious) he's agreed to perform at KILAS and we couldn't be more thrilled. In fact, I still have the bruises from pinching myself. Check out Ted's fantastic web series, Teacher's Lounge, here and find out more about his comedy album, I Did It, here

Then our fabulous local comedians take over, including my friend and mentor, Alex Falcone, plus the hilarious lineup of Tim Hammer, Lucia Fasano, Mike Cahill, and Megan McFarland. Oh, and I'll be doing a set, emceeing, and handing out raffle prizes as well. I might juggle too. What the heck. Also in the mix: musical guest Erin Sutherland of the Stolen Sweets and Dept. of Gold, as well as the kind folks from Royale Brewing Co. pouring free ale samples. Don't miss it - only a few tickets left and then no KILAS until Monday, Dec. 8th. Get your tickets today at Eventbrite

And in the Shameless Self Promotion portion of this post (wait, doesn't that fall under the umbrella of this entire website?) I've been interviewed about my writing goals and practices over at Unchaste Readers and about my curated comedy events at Too Wet To Burn. Check 'em out! 

I can keep your dance card full all fall! Saturday, Oct. 25th Jenna Zine Presents: Comedians & Comedies will be at the fabulous Hollywood Theatre featuring comedian Curtis Cook and a special anniversary showing of Ghostbusters! This funny stuff is a serious business - I Heart Radio will be on hand to provide promotional support and there will even be ticket giveaways on the radio. Ooh la la! 

There will also be Jenna Zine Presents: Comedians & Comedies events at the Hollywood in November and December, plus another KILAS in December. Stay tuned and thanks for your support! xo 

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Aug 6, 2014 by Jenna Zine

Well, hello there cutie! Let's get together, shall we? You don't know when or where? I can take care of that for us! 

First up is a first time! My event, formerly MovieBoozer at the Mission, has a new home and a new name - but it's still the same fun time! Check out Jenna Zine Presents: Comedians & Comedies at The Hollywood Theatre. Put me on your calendar, just one week from today, Wednesday, Aug. 13th, for comedian Dax Jordan and the cult classic "So I Married An Axe Murderer." All the details you could ever hope for can by found by clicking on that fancy Hollywood Theatre link. See you there! 

And don't forget about the ultra-exclusive Keep It LIke A Secret - a comedy & music showcase curated by myself and Larry Crane (that super talented guy I'm lucky enough to call my husband!). We're on our fourth KILAS - and you can get in on the fun Monday, Aug. 25th! This month features comedians Shane Torres (Portland's Funniest Person of 2013), Andy MacDonald, Deira Nebauer, Colleen Broderick, and Josh Inocalla skyping in all the way from Nashville! Plus musical guest Matt Koski and our dear friends from Royale Brewing Company will be on hand to provide tunes and free ale tastings! Seating is extremely limited, so be sure to grab your tickets today. Details and purchasing options right here

I am looking forward to our dates! xo
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Jul 14, 2014 by Jenna Zine

Man, I am going to miss Motley Crue. The anthem of the '80s. The anthem of my youth. I used to be embarrassed to have such a dark hair metal past - I just about fell over with shame when a guy who used to live in my college dorm approached me at E.J.'s (an incredibly hip Portland music venue from back in the day) and identified me as "the girl who had a life-sized poster of Kip Winger on her door." Okay, granted - I should be totally mortified by that. 

But the overarching experience of "butt rock," and the unique time it symbolized, will always pull me back to the heart-pounding thrills I felt when I got to attend those concerts. And realizing now that that time was finite - nothing quite like it is coming down the pike - has made it feel even all the more special to have experienced it at its peak.

I'm heading to LA to send the Crue off in style. No Sleep Country Ampitheater for me. I must wave goodbye rooted in the spot where it all started. And drink whiskey. And cry. And then dust myself off and be glad I was there. 

Below is a story I submitted to NPR's call for "I Was So High" stories. Yes, I had the chance to meet Tommy Lee. Yes, I fucked it up. Yes, I regret it. I can't go back. I can't fix it. But I can still fly out to Hollywood and say goodbye, and that ain't so bad.


Hello This American Life!


I used to work at a rock club in Portland, OR. as the Marketing Director. While there, I promoted Tommy Lee's side project, Methods of Mayhem. I am a huge hair metal fan (ah, my embarrassing hesher roots) and I really wanted to meet Tommy. My ad rep from the radio station KUFO (who was promoting the show) promised to set it up for me. I was so excited!


I decided to go home and change before the event - and maybe add some more eyeliner. While back at the house, I ran into my roommate, Ali. We got along famously. One of the many things we connected on was weed, and soon the bong was produced. Shortly thereafter we were dancing, giggling, and, for some reason, putting Biore strips on our noses. In short, we were high as kites. We naturally got the munchies and were soon engaged in a long discussion about how awesome it would be if someone would deliver us sushi. Instead we settled for pizza. While we were waiting for said pizza, we smoked even more. The delivery guys in our neighborhood loved us - not only were we good tippers, we were always good for a laugh. 


I finally remembered I was supposed to go back to work, meet Tommy, and see the concert. But now I was way too high to drive. I decided to blow it off and continue partying with Ali. In reality, though I didn't admit it to myself at the time, I was really nervous to hang out with Mr. Lee. To meet the man I saw playing drums upside down while suspended from a ceiling during that Crue concert in '88? I might faint! So I sabotaged myself. 


There was a message waiting for me from my ad rep when I finally went back to the office the next morning, "Jenna! Where were you? Tommy was waiting to meet you. I told him what a big fan you are and he was looking forward to chatting with you. Call me!"


Regrets - I've had a few. But I do get a kick out of the fact that I was too high to meet Tommy Lee and not the other way around!


Speaking of regrets, you don't want to miss the next Keep It Like A Secret on Monday, Aug. 25th - we've got an outstanding lineup! Check out our Facebook page for more details, coming soon! xo

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