Jackie Kashian

Though she has been to Iraq to entertain the troops, comedian Jackie Kashian says she doesn't really do a lot of political material. "I always have my opinion," she says, "but I don't always have all of the information. I know that doesn't stop anybody else, but I can't do it." Instead, Kashian relies largely on her family for inspiration. Her father, sister, brothers, and husband are an endless supply of material. For example, she describes the time her father met her for coffee and he showed up wearing a sleeveless denim shirt and homemade daisy dukes. "On my dad!" she exclaims. "Where have you been in this outfit?" she asked. "And he says, 'Fishing.' For men? It looked like he had just come from a gay rave." Kashian also has a soft spot for, as she puts it, dorks. For the past five years she has hosted The Dork Forest podcast, which is essentially a conversation with folks—mostly comedians—talking about their particular hobbies and interests. The show stems from a joke in her act about how far into the "Dork Forest" one has to venture in order to engage with Civil War re-enactors. She says she wouldn't mind having one on her podcast, though she does bristle at World War II re-enactors. "Let's wait until everyone is dead (from that time) before we play World War II re-enacting games. Can I be a Jew? It's a terrible idea." It did give her a notion, though. "I'm going to start my own game: Vietnam War protestor re-enactors. We would just sit around, get stoned, and pretend that we we're making a difference." She adds, "People either love or hate that joke." 18+. (Photo by Michael Helms)
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