Jamie Kilstein

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Jamie Kilstein
Kilstein at the 2009 Melbourne Comedy Gala
Born Jamie Alexander Kilstein
(1982-05-17) May 17, 1982 (age 32)
Washington, D.C.
Occupation Comedian, media pundit, blog contributor, and radio host
Religion None
Spouse(s) Allison Kilkenny

Jamie Alexander Kilstein (born May 17, 1982) is an American writer, radio host, and left-wing political comic. He made his TV debut performance on Conan, and has been seen on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Showtime, BBC America, and more. Kilstein hosts the internet talk radio show Citizen Radio along with his wife, political columnist Allison Kilkenny.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kilstein grew up in Pennington, New Jersey and is the oldest of five children. He lives in Brooklyn. Kilstein is an outspoken vegan[2] and atheist.[3] His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian, and he was raised "celebrating both holidays".[4]


Kilstein has performed his comedy all over the world, including: Mexico, Scotland, Turkey, India, Poland, England, Australia, Ireland, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Netherlands.

Kilstein's writing has also appeared on left-leaning sites including Wonkette, which featured a recurring column in Summer 2012, titled Sundays with Jamie Kilstein and the Lord.[5] The column irreverently tackles topics like pundits' penchant for overusing 9/11 analogies [6] and "anchor babies". In September 2013, Kilstein came out publicly as suffering from both alcoholism and an eating disorder in a front-page article for Jezebel, "I'm an Alcoholic Dude With an Eating Disorder. Hi."[7]

Kilstein's first comedy album, What Alive People Do, was released on October 22, 2013. It was a double album recorded in front of an Austin audience in 2012.[8]

He and Kilkenny (his wife and Citizen Radio co-host) wrote the book Newsfail, which was released in 2014.[9] The book covers topics including Palestine, trans* rights, feminism, atheists, and factory farming.[9]


SIRIUS and Citizen Radio[edit]

Kilstein is the co-creator, director, and co-host of Citizen Radio (formerly Drunken Politics), an internet political radio show, which Kilstein and co-host writer Kilkenny describe as "being like CNN, but with more swearing."[10] Citizen Radio is available on iTunes for free download. Past guests include: Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Bad Religion, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Chris Hannah, Howard Zinn, and Rachel Maddow.

TV appearances[edit]

Kilstein made his U.S. debut TV performance on February 2, 2011 on the talk show Conan, where he performed a stand up routine critical of continued involvement in the Iraq War.[11] The performance was lauded on Twitter by writers such as Chris Hayes, Glenn Greenwald and Remi Kanazi.


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