Good One: A Podcast About Jokes

with Jesse David Fox

Jen Kirkman's Cure for Street Harassment (Rerun)

10/21/2019

In this episode from Season 1, Jen Kirkman looks at the closer of her 2017 special Just Keep Livin'?

She and Jesse start at the very kernel of this joke, going back to its inciting incident in a Starbuck's parking lot in North Carolina. Jen took that event and incorporated it into her act that night, and kept reworking it at subsequent shows.

From there, Jen built a whole drama around the character she encountered in that parking lot. Realizing the joke's potential to close out her show, Jen took the larger conversation on street harassment and constructed a bit around it. Every element of the joke is a tool she consciously employed to make the topic something that could simultaneously crack the audience up while making them slightly more aware of the innate horror of unsolicited compliments from strangers on the street.

Jesse asks Jen to describe her strategy when crafting this special, and the two analyze the origins of its political undertones.

Also included: the first joke Jen ever told.

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This episode originally aired March 27th, 2017.