Teaching Comedy in Jordan! by Caitlin Kunkel

In September 2019 I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Amman, Jordan, for The Second City to teach a class on Satire for Late Night TV. Over five days I worked with my co-teacher and a group of 32 amazing young comedians to create the seeds of a new comedy scene.

A huge thank you to Amman Comedy Club and The Second City Training Center for the experience - it was a real career highlight for me! Here is a 45-minute segment about the program - it’s mainly in Arabic (we used translators in the program) but our interviews in the middle are in English.

New Piece on McSweeney's by Caitlin Kunkel

I wrote the first draft of this in March 2018, deranged from insomnia. I found it on my computer in a sweep (highly recommending doing this a few times a year!) for unfinished pieces and had ZERO memory of writing it. It was…weird. After some heavy editing, I shot it off to McSweeney’s.

I guess time + sleep = jokes?

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New Piece on Weekly Humorist by Caitlin Kunkel

I’m really excited to have my first piece on Weekly Humorist! I saw a weird sign at a pool in Baltimore a few years ago, and couldn’t stop thinking about what led to a very specific rule. I can’t even remember what it said now, but I wrote up some origin stories of my own. Thank you to editor-in-chief Marty Dundics for the original artwork!

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New Piece on McSweeney's by Caitlin Kunkel

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I had a new piece on McSweeney’s this week based off a meme, which is not something I thought I would ever write. People seem to like it, and it was VERY fun to write. I did a first draft, got some feedback, then I waited about a month before doing the rewrites on it and submitting it. I felt like I needed a little more space to insert some of the more “serious” jokes in the piece and make sure there was a balance. I still ended on this ridiculous image, which seems to be weirdly resonating with readers:

Yeah, sex is cool but have you ever told your work that you had a doctor’s appointment, implied it was somewhat serious, and then spent the better part of an afternoon wandering around a Marshall’s farting and looking at discounted pans?

First Piece in The New York Times - IN PRINT! by Caitlin Kunkel

Wowowow I was DELIGHTED AND ECSTATIC to have my first piece in The New York Times on Easter weekend! Written with my New Erotica for Feminists co-authors, the piece is called “Literary Agents Seeking Fresh Voices,” and it pokes fun at the seemingly impossible combinations that literary agents request on the internet.

Disclaimer: we LOVE our agent and this is in no way based on her! I got to write a Stephen King joke and then see it in print in The New York Times, so now my watch has ended.

Love this image designed for the piece by Janet Hansen!

Love this image designed for the piece by Janet Hansen!

I was a guest on the SSR Podcast! by Caitlin Kunkel

I was so excited to be a guest on the great SSR podcast, standing for “Shit She Read” as a riff off Silent Sustained Reading time in school. I picked one of my all-time favorite books, LITTLE WOMEN, and truly enjoyed reading it for the first time in about 15 years. I loved speaking with Alli Kosik and I think this podcast is just a delight. I highly recommend listening to any episode that touches on one of your childhood favs.

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