“Charming, affable and funny” –Time Out New York
“Comedic genius” –New York Magazine
“A wryly amusing but intensely shy person whose awkwardness onstage is part of his appeal.” –LA Times
“His comedy starts off with his totally deadpan delivery and then instantly morphs into something creative, memorable and sidesplitting.” –Gothamist
“He reminds one of a smart pothead, not only in mannerisms but in pun-related, dry humor.” –Jester
“Jon Friedman is genial, sweet, and never above displaying his bruises.” –The Onion
JON FRIEDMAN is a writer, comedian and producer living in Manhattan, although when he really thinks about it, he liked living in Brooklyn better. As an original blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon he won two Creative Arts Emmy’s (Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media). He was most recently the Supervising Producer of MTVs’ Girl Code, a producer on MTV2’s Guy Code before that, and is the creator/producer and host of the award winning variety show, The Rejection Show, and has produced, hosted and/or created many other unique live events, including The NYC Beard and Moustache Championships, and the annual Delicious Sandwich Social. Jon’s first book, Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped & Canceled, a humor anthology of rejected works, was released with Villard (Random House) to positive reviews. He performs regularly at literary events and stand-up comedy venues throughout New York City and beyond. His solo show, Bear With Me ran at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in New York and was nominated for a ECNY Award (Excellence in Comedy) for Best One Person Show. Jon’s original series, The Jon Friedman Internet Program launched with My Damn Channel in 2012. Brand new episodes of The Jon Friedman Internet Program launched in 2014 with Above Average. You can follow Jon on Twitter at @friedmanjon.
Listen to the ‘Rejection Show’ Theme Song by The Defibulators!
THE REJECTION SHOW is a live comedic event that embraces the rejected and “turned down” material of well-known and up-and-coming writers, comedians, cartoonists, artists, filmmakers, TV personalities and other artistic types who display their creative “failures” live on stage. It is a hilarious compilation of rejected material (personal and professional) and the stories that go with them.
For every piece of accepted material, there are hundreds of pieces of rejected material -and unique, often hysterical, stories that go along with them. What are the reasons that something so good can be overlooked? What were they thinking when they presented something so horrible? The Rejection Show offers a humorous and cathartic insider look at what it takes to deal with and overcome rejection, in industries where rejection heavily outweighs acceptance. The Rejection Show also features personal stories of rejection told through break-up letters, love letters, rejection-related diary entries, hate mail and negative reviews. In hearing these stories and getting a chance to see the rejected material first-hand, the audience is brought into a world that is usually kept behind closed doors, allowing them to gain entertaining, comedic and thought-provoking insights into the process of attempting to achieve acceptance.
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