Jena Friedman

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Jena Friedman
Jena Friedman in 2017 (cropped).jpg
Friedman on January 18, 2017
Born Haddonfield, New Jersey
Medium Stand up, writer, director
Nationality American
Genres Dark comedy

Jena Friedman is an American stand up comedian, writer and filmmaker. She has been a field producer[1] at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman.[2]

Early life[edit]

Friedman was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She studied anthropology at Northwestern University. After graduation, she worked as a healthcare consultant for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.[3]


In 2010, she received a cease and desist letter from The New York Times for parodying their wedding videos. The parody, entitled "Ted and Gracie", has since become a popular web series. In 2007, she wrote The Refugee Girls Revue, a satire inspired by American Girl dolls. The play earned critical acclaim in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival[4] and had a successful run Off-Broadway.

In 2015, Friedman's solo show "American Cunt," premiered in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim.[5][6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Friedman is a registered Democrat. She resides in New York City.[3]


  1. ^ Irvin, Zuri. "Writing Jokes with Jena Friedman". Medium. Retrieved 8 Aug 2015. 
  2. ^ McGlynn, Katla (July 18, 2011). "David Letterman Hires Jena Friedman, 'The Late Show' Gains Second Female Writer". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Jena Friedman: The star of ‘The Daily Show’ on abortion jokes, her Ebola comedy film, and her serial-killer spoof". The Independent. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Otto, Emily (August 17, 2008). "The Refugee Girls Revue: A Musical Parody". Retrieved September 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Comedy review: Jena Friedman – American C*** (From Herald Scotland)". 2015-08-23. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  6. ^ Arsenault, Bridget (2015-09-03). "7 Comedians from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival You Need to Know About Now". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Jena Friedman - American C*nt - Edinburgh Festival 2015". 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 

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