“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’s currently a writer and executive/supervising producer for television. Before that, Jon produced and hosted 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 once 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 web series, The Jon Friedman Internet Program launched with My Damn Channel and then again with Above Average. Jon is currently developing his own comedy production company network called Teamwork Showbiz (2018)You can follow Jon on Twitter at @friedmanjon.

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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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