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 35)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Comedian, media pundit, blog contributor, musician, radio host
Spouse(s) Allison Kilkenny (ex-wife)

Jamie Alexander Kilstein (born May 17, 1982) is an American writer, radio host, and stand up comic. He made his debut television appearance on Conan and has been seen on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Showtime, and BBC America. Kilstein previously hosted the internet talk radio show Citizen Radio along with his ex-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 Los Angeles. Kilstein is an atheist[2] and outspoken vegan.[3] His father is Jewish; his mother is Christian.[4]



Kilstein's writing has 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 covered 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]

He and Kilkenny (his ex-wife and Citizen Radio co-host) wrote the book Newsfail, which was released on October 14, 2014.[8] The book covers topics including Palestine, trans* rights, feminism, atheists, and factory farming.[8]


Kilstein's first comedy album, "Please Buy My Jokes", was recorded on February 23, 2008, in front of a live audience at the Lakeshore Theater in Chicago. It was released in 2008.[9]

His second comedy album, "Zombie Jesus", was also recorded at the Lake Shore Theater in Chicago, September 11–13, 2008. It was released on October 27, 2009.

Kilstein released his third album, "Libel, Slander, and Sedition", on September 13, 2011. It was recorded at the Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 13–16, 2010.

Kilstein's fourth comedy album, What Alive People Do, was released on October 22, 2013. It was a double album recorded in front of an Austin audience at the New Movement Theater on December 2, 2012.[10]

Jamie Kilstein & The Agenda[edit]

In 2015, Kilstein announced a Pledgemusic campaign for his musical project, Jamie Kilstein and the Agenda.[11] The band's debut record, A Bit Much, was released by Don Giovanni Records on July 22, 2016.[12]


Citizen Radio[edit]

Kilstein is the co-creator of and previously directed and co-hosted 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."[13] Guests during his time hosting included Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Bad Religion, Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Chris Hannah, Howard Zinn, and Rachel Maddow. On February 27, 2017, Kilstein announced on that day's Citizen Radio episode that he was leaving the show. Later that day his cohost and ex-wife Allison Kilkenny announced via Facebook that Jamie had been removed from the show due to "disturbing allegations" of "manipulative, emotionally abusive and predatory behavior" concerning women associated with the show. Kilstein subsequently deleted his Twitter and has not spoken publicly about the accusation. [14]

TV appearances[edit]

Kilstein made his U.S. debut TV appearance on February 2, 2011, on the talk show Conan, on which he performed a stand-up routine critical of continued involvement in the Iraq War.[15]


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