Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What I Was Arrested For


Staging my new show, What I Was Arrested For around town and around the country. Here's some words about that followed by some dates and links to buy tickets.

"A brilliant storyteller with so much heart and wit"
Capital Public Radio

Fresh off his hit show "Not For Rehire" comedian Keith Lowell Jensen now delves into his often strained relationship with law enforcement, from teenage shoplifting to civil disobedience to an unfortunate incident at an international airport.

March 3rd Crow’s Nest, Santa Cruz
May 4th, Blacktop, Rocklin
May 24th, 25th The Geery Theater, Sacramento WhatIWasArrestedFor.brownpapertickets.com
August 2nd, Chico CA (Venue to be announced)
August 3rd, Savage Henry Comedy Club, Eureka http://savagehenrymagazine.com/events/

Friday, February 15, 2019

Media Blitz

What a great media response to my latest show, and taping, Not For Rehire.
First up, Sacramento Magazine had a profile of me as the top story for their Arts & Culture section:

https://www.sacmag.com/2019/02/04/a-comical-career/

Then Submerge featured me on the cover for the second time. 

http://submergemag.com/comedy/keith-lowell-jensen-2019/
 The Sacramento Bee got in on the act putting my mug on the cover of their weekend magazine, and on the front page of the paper, above the fold.

https://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/article224575965.html

And I was again honored to be a guest on Capital Public Radio's "Insight" with Beth Ruyak, who gave this great description of the show:

"He’s a brilliant storyteller with so much heart and wit that the Washington Post called one of his shows “A work of Demented Genius.”

Jensen developed a show of material based on his misadventures as an employee of fast food restaurants, office jobs, a golf course, and many more weird gigs. Jensen’s string of odd jobs left him  underpaid, overworked, punched, insulted, deep fried, and targeted by duffers at the driving range. The highlight reel of “30 jobs before his 30th birthday” weaves a tale which culminates in the story that put Jensen on stage for the first time."



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Not For Rehire



"Engaging, hilarious and, at the end, so emotional it might bring you to tears."

Aaron Carnes, Sacramento News and Review

"Prediction: You're gonna love Jensen's style of subtle, smart storytelling"
Austin Chronicle, January 2017

"He’s a brilliant storyteller with so much heart and wit that the Washington Post called one of his shows “A work of Demented Genius.
Jensen developed a show of material based on his misadventures as an employee of fast food restaurants, office jobs, a golf course, and many more weird gigs. Jensen’s string of odd jobs left him underpaid, overworked, punched, insulted, deep fried, and targeted by duffers at the driving range. The highlight reel of “30 jobs before his 30th birthday” weaves and culminates in the story that put Jensen on stage for the first time."
Capital Public Radio February, 2019

In February of 2019, 800 Pound Gorilla Records will record Not For Rehire live at Folsom Lake College, in Folsom, California. This will be KLJ's 6th album of original material.

DATES:
February 9th, Folsom Lake College, Folsom CA, Live Taping! 8pm Buy Tickets Here

Past dates:
2017
November 1, Queens, NY, QED; A Please To Show and Tell
2018
Sacramento, March 24th:  B St. Theater
San Francisco, June 6th, Punch Line Comedy Club
Rocklin, California November 5th, Black Top Comedy
Sacramento, California, September 14th, Luna's Cafe
Mill Valley, California, January 13, Throckmorton Theater
Seattle, WA March 10th, 11th, 9pm Jai Thai, 235 Broadway Eas
Sacramento, California, March 17th - 19th, The Geery Theater
July 13th and 14th, Punch Line Comedy at Jai Thai, Seattle, WA 8pm
July 15th, Siren Theater, Portland, OR 8pm
September 29th, Watermelon Music, Davis, CA 8pm
September 6th Red Brick Bar and Grill, Modesto, CA 8pm
September 18th, Sally Tomatoes, Rohnert Park, CA 8pm
October 6th, Santa Cruz Comedy Fest, Santa Cruz, CA
2019
January 12th, Eureka, CA Savage Henry Comedy Club
January 25th, Duffy's, Chico, CA


Click here for Keith Lowell Jensen's personal EPK with more information.

Photos
Recent headshot by Joe Hauner
Banana and baby headshot by Kiny McCarrick
Onstage headshot by Amy Scott 

For booking information contact Joe Hauner: joehauner@gmail.com

Not For Rehire, water color by Allie Yada


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Two Albums and a Book, KLJ 2018

It's been one hell of a year. Click on my albums, or my book below to purchase them right stinking now. You can also find all three of them on Amazon and other such places.




Friday, April 13, 2018

Keith Lowell Jensen Bio and EPK

Bio: Keith Lowell Jensen has become known for his subtle, smart approach, and his meandering story telling. He has appeared on The History Channel, Spike TV, and The Starz Network, and has five hilarious comedy albums to his credit, with his latest, Bad Comedy For Bad People, hitting the # 1 spot on Amazon's comedy charts.

In May of 2018 Skyhorse Publishing  release the comedian's first book, Punching Nazis, and other good ideas, a collection of short stories, essays, and interviews centering around late eighties, early nineties punk rock and the bewildering presence of racist skinheads within that scene.

In 2016 Jensen spent two weeks in Shanghai headlining the China International Comedy Festival.

More Info:
Keith Lowell Jensen tells stories that are engaging, hilarious, and often poignant. His subject matter is largely autobiographical. In addition to covering his misadventures at school and in the workplace, the comedian has managed, over five comedy albums, to create an oral history of his daughter Max's life from announcing that his wife was pregnant on his first album, To The Moon, to reflecting on his daughter's love of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, civil rights activist Rosa Parks, and all the dragons you can imagine (and then some) on his latest, 2018's Bad Comedy For Bad People.

Jensen's latest live offering Not For Rehire follows his roller-coaster career path, from his time as a
range boy at a public golf course where he got paid less than minimum wage to the employer who started him in stand up comedy by shoving him onto stage in front of a large crowd at an animated film festival. More information on Not For Rehire is available here: http://keithlowelljensen.blogspot.com/2016/11/not-for-rehire-epk.html"

Keith Lowell Jensen wears polyester Wrangler "Wranchers" which he orders from Wrangler.com.

For booking information contact Joe Hauner: joehauner@gmail.com


Press Quotes

"4 STARS!"
TimeOut New York

"Hilarious" "A demented masterpiece"
The Washington Post

"Engaging, hilarious and, at the end, so emotional it might bring you to tears."
Aaron Carnes, Sacramento News and Review

"Prediction: You're gonna love Jensen's style of subtle, smart storytelling"
Austin Chronicle

"Cats Made of Rabbits is every bit as deserving of your laughter as one by Jim Gaffigan or Louis C.K."
www.justpressplay.net

"Fun and funny" "Well worth watching"
Mass Movement Magazine, UK

"A great listen, all ending in a wonderfully crafted story that reminded me of Woody Allen’s stand-up."
Aristocratii.ru (Romania)

And the Portland Mercury credits KLJ with saving a show.
www.portlandmercury.com/


Monday, September 25, 2017

Upcoming Gigs

9/28 9pm Debasement, San Francisco
10/7 Comedy Oakland @ Howden
10/14 California Freetwhought Day
10/20 High Anxiety, Sacramento
10/21 Santa Cruz w/ Gnarboots
11/1 Not For Rehire, QED, Queens
11/3 Postmark Cafe, Brooklyn, NY
11/6 Nat Towsen’s Downtown Variety Hour, UCB NY
11/14 Throckmorton Theater, Mill Valley, CA
12/6 The Dirty Show, SF
12/7 - 12/9 Punch Line SF

Friday, November 18, 2016

I GOT MERCH



Hey! I got merch.
For T-Shirts and stickers click on over to capitolcomedians.com/shop/

For albums and comedy specials, search my name on iTunes, Amazon, or whatever your preferred platform for such things.

Click here for Keith Lowell Jensen on Amazon.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My latest meme is going nuts

A response to Tom Woods


Tom Woods of The Tom Woods Show responded to an old meme of mine that has been making the rounds again.
You can read his post about the meme here:
http://tomwoods.com/blog/libertarianism-has-been-refuted/

And here is my reply:

"I think he actually believes he’s refuted our whole outlook."

Well, I don't.
I made an admittedly flippant joke based on a funny conversation that happened between me and my daughter. Like any of my jokes, it's meant to be a jumping off point for dialogue. I don't think quite so highly about my jokes. This is the problem with the tone of most of the current crop of critiques of this meme, assuming I'm some smug asshole and then continuing to assume the worst about me in the light of that, as I'll get to in a minute. The truth is I'm very interested in politics, have friends all over the spectrum and often engage in spirited debate with libertarian friends, we of course have many beliefs in common also.

"I’ll be a sport about this and disregard the creep factor – threatening his four-year-old with violent death, and then telling us with morbid satisfaction that she hasn’t spoken about her freedom since.


No wonder this guy loves the state. His scare tactics are pretty much the same as what the Bush Administration pulled after 9/11."


Only, you weren't a sport, and you didn't ignore it, you implied I abused my kid.

Again, this relies on you having already assumed I'm a terrible person. I talk about a lot about my relationship with my daughter in my comedy, and she is a bright, strong, awesome kid. At no point in this conversation did she think that daddy would hurt her or put her in danger. A four year old, in case you haven't known many of them, is quite capable of play and pretend and being silly. Most four year olds, certainly this one, know their father's general behavior and disposition and are used to flights of fancy. I also sometimes tell her I'm going to eat her nose. This too is a heinous threat, yes? She runs away giggling and gets a lie ready, so that she can make her nose grow back, Pinochio style. She usually goes with "I don't like cookies." In case I'm not clear, she doesn't really think I'm going to eat her nose, nor does she think lying really makes noses grow, nor did she for one moment think her extremely safety conscious and loving father would drive recklessly and endanger her life.

This meme has been around for quite some time and only this week has anyone ever saw it as my actually threatening her. As I've said already, I think you really have to decide that, because I make a flippant joke about my disagreement with your philosophy, I'm a real prick and then view it through that lens to arrives at such a ridiculous point. Unfortunately I have now had libertarians on Twitter threaten me with bodily harm, one even posting a picture of me with a spray of poorly photoshopped streams of blood in place of my head. The picture was one of me and my daughter and when I repeatedly asked that it be removed and her left out of our fight, I was told that what I did to her was worse. Now, I do know that "Two wrongs make a right" is not part of libertarian philosophy. A shame it was employed repeatedly. The irony is, Libertarians threatening me with violence really strengthens my gratitude for the protections the state provides. Two libertarians friends were very quick to tell me that this behavior is not in line with libertarianism and the non-agression principle, and this is true of course, but to my thinking it was too easy for those who threatened me to excuse it as retaliatory or justified by painting themselves as protecting my daughter from her horrible abusive father.

And where do I say we haven't spoken about freedom since? We speak about it regularly.  You are projecting something on here I didn't say. "She hasn't yelled at me" doesn't mean we've stopped speaking. Yelling and speaking are two different things, a point many on both sides of this debate need to learn.

NOTE: Tom Woods did edit his post to remove the part about me being a child abuser. Sadly, he didn't apologize or note the edit on the actual post. He posted this to Twitter:



I won't try to quote the next part as there are many examples of how Libertarians do adhere by agreed upon rules. I know this, of course. My meme was actually about a public rule on a public road, not a private rule on a private road. Sincere question; do you, in an ideal society, see public roads existing?
What's funny is maybe a quarter of the responses I get from Libertarians tell me they do in fact disagree with traffic laws, and they often include links to articles about small towns, particularly one in Germany, where traffic signs have been completely done away with.

"On top of this, he thinks it’s valid to argue like this: my four-year-old wants to do something she shouldn’t, so therefore the government should treat all of us like four-year-olds, forever."

Yeah. Unfortunately too many of us do indeed behave like four-year-olds. Exhibit A, the people who came to threaten me with physical harm on Twitter last night. I believe their posts are still up if you'd like to go to my account and look under "Tweets and replies" to verify my claims. I think this gets at the heart of our differences. I don't have the faith in the bulk of humanity that you have, and I question what in history justifies your faith. I do also see the history of violence on the part of the state, but much like the harm done by combustion engines, I think it's unrealistic to think we'd go backwards. I look at the Scandinavian model, and I see a way forward. I see countries with a high quality of living and real liberty that isn't tread upon by the oppression of nature, starvation, predation, and other things that had our life expectancy so low before we organized into what became states.

For the record, I don't think I just successfully refuted libertarianism here anymore than I did when I made that joke. I do think I shared some of my thoughts with you, and some of you will politely share your own thoughts and we'll have a conversation, the kind of conversation that has actually changed minds, mine included. I arrived at my current beliefs through reading and having discussions, and its quite a ways from the beliefs I grew up with.
I'm not a bad guy or a smug asshole, and I won't even bother to defend the joke. I make a lot of jokes, and this isn't even one that ever made it onto one of my albums or specials. Some people like it, the meme keeps going around, some people demonize me as a child abusing know it all, it goes around some more. There is no need and no point in demonizing me.

I welcome anyone who wishes to reply here. After the harassment last night and the very disturbing use of a picture of me and my daughter, I will not engage on this matter in a forum where I don't have some controls to protect against such behavior. Threats, name calling and other ad hominem attacks will be deleted. Thanks.

More on my views regarding libertarianism can be found here: Why I'm Not a Libertarian

Here's another old meme:





Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mike Gribble

I had a boss named Mike Gribble.
He was as close to a wizard as I've ever met.

He is the Mike in Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation. Dale Gribble on King Of The Hill is named for him. He is the one who put me on stage, literally pushed me out there. My first stand up performance was me impersonating Mike, including having the audience join me in wiggling our fingers above our heads and then slowly lowering them down to magically start the cartoon show.

When I wasn't performing magic under Mike's tutelage, there was much debauchery as an employee of Spike and Mike. Many girls were kissed, many drugs were consumed, so many laws were broken, with occasional breaks for falafel and reading.

I went from spending a night in jail in Chicago to helping trash a hotel room in Seattle and getting busted for it to getting caught by Mike sitting on my ass on a college campus where I was supposed to be working all in the span of 48 hours.

Mike drove me up into the hills where I thought maybe he was gonna kill me, or more likely knock me around a bit. He was really mad. I was fired at least, I was sure.

Instead he gave me an impassioned talking to about him and Spike's business/dream and about how to live and how not to live and he implored me not to waste this life that was so precious. He told me there was no reason to waste his time or mine unless I wanted to be part of this magic thing. He invited me to be part of the magic, or to go find some magic of my own. Life wasn't for getting one over on someone.

Back at the corporate apartment we were staying at he repeated this speech for the other flyer guys. Mike stood there, 6' 4" tall, long purple beard, in front of a wall of window with the sun setting beyond the Puget Sound behind him and he gave this beautiful sermon. He was bigger than life. Then he bought us all pizza and we picked a movie to watch.

Later, in Riverside, CA, Mike and I went out to see a flick and after he drove around aimlessly talking to me about women, and love, and how getting laid may be great but really loving someone and having an amazing relationship was better. I told him I agreed, and that I wasn't the player he knew me as, that I was just getting over a broken heart. A couple days later I was excited to introduce him to my best friend Bryna who'd just recently become my girlfriend.

We were at a party after the last show of the Riverside run. Bryna told me she thought Mike was sick. I told her he was just tired. She said, "No. Look at his girlfriend's face. Something is wrong." I didn't think much of it.

A short time later I was living in Sacramento and my brother Erick called to ask me if I'd heard that Mike had died. I hadn't.

I think of Mike daily. I try to live his words, because they were good words. I wish I could tell him, I wish I could show him, and make him proud of me. I thought of Mike as Peter Pan to a big crew of Lost Boys and even a few Lost Girls, but Mike wasn't afraid of growing up, he encouraged it, because he knew that it didn't have to mean giving up.