Transform Your Bad Days Into Good Jokes w/ Jennifer Mason

What do you do when you're painfully shy and terrified of public speaking? Start doing stand-up comedy, of course! At least that's what this week's guest, Jennifer Mason (@JenXComedy) decided to do. And what happened next will inspire you to laughter, or possibly tears, and maybe even to try your hand at the next open mic...

Highlight Reel: 2:30 - Menopause: when women get funny 6:00 - Too soon? 9:30 - Build your courage muscles 13:00 - Finding your funny 14:00 - Bad choices make good comedy 18:30 - Comedy doesn't have to be mean (even to yourself!) 21:00 - A comedy of misunderstandings 39:00 - The Hot Flash

Adrienne MacIain 0:01

Hey everyone, welcome to the That's Aloud podcast. I'm your host test Dr. Adrienne MacIain. And today we're here with Jennifer Mason. Jennifer, please introduce yourself.

Jennifer Mason 0:12

Hey, Dr. Adrienne, I'm Jen X with a J, cuz I'm Jen and Gen X, because I'm 52 except on Tinder, where I'm 37. And I'm a licensed acupuncturist, and I kind of accidentally became a stand up comedian when I turned 50. And now I just love it so much. I love what comedy does for people. So I'm kind of like a comedy missionary going out and trying to convert people.

Adrienne MacIain 0:39

Fantastic. Let's go delve a little bit deeper into that. So how does one accidentally oops, become a comedian?

Jennifer Mason 0:47

Well, I got unexpectedly divorced. In my mid 40s, it was a complete surprise to me. And when I got out of it, I realized I had no hobbies, and I'd lost my voice along the way, like you do. And then as I was trying to figure out how to do business, I was also I had no voice and I was extremely shy. So I put myself into Toastmasters improv, to try to find my voice. And it was terrifying. I think my fingernails kind of grip my toenails grew into the stage during improv. But then, right before I turned 50, I had this vision of myself doing stand up on my 50th birthday. And I walked into a comedy club, and I took a class and they said, Why are you here? Oh, bucket list. And I don't know if I'd ever held a microphone before. But then I found out that it's terrifying. But when your body feels like it's gonna die, and it doesn't, it's super liberating. And everything else is easy.

Unknown Speaker 1:52

That is so true. You said, you know, unexpectedly divorced. I wonder if it's better to be unexpectedly divorced or expectedly divorced? I don't know, which is worse. Honestly.

Jennifer Mason 2:04

I guess that's true. Right? Um, is Yeah. So is there a happy answer there? I'm not sure. I don't know.

Adrienne MacIain 2:12

So let's jump into what is usually my first question, which is, what story is the world not getting?

Jennifer Mason 2:24

Oh, so many stories. I think that the story that I like, that I think is the heart of my comedy, is that for a lot of women, we think that 50s is kind of when we all shut down, like, Oh, we had a good run, you know? Great, the 30s, we found ourselves and now it's time to kind of shut her up and wait for death. That's kind of what I thought I raised my kids. And now I'm like the butterfly, I do not travel. I do not have hobbies. Thank God, I got out of that. And I what I'm finding is that we also think that menopause is when we go crazy. And I think that's actually when sanity comes in. Because I think that estrogen and progesterone are like brainwashing hormones that make us think, Oh, it's okay. You know, it's hidden. I really, I feel at peace when I'm able to help my family and you know, make all the magic happen for them for all the holidays. And then at menopause, we be when those hormones recede, we become just like everybody else, and all of a sudden, it's like, yeah, I need to take care of myself so I can survive. And I think that's actually when women get super funny.

Adrienne MacIain 3:39

Yeah, I think so too. Because we don't care what other people think anymore. Yep. Yeah. Yeah, you have given all your fucks by that time. And there are no fucks left to give. Absolutely. So tell us a little bit about your journey through the year 2020.

Jennifer Mason 4:04

I know it's, it's a bit that others have done. But yeah, I really thought that, that COVID was my fault. As well, you know, because I do a little energy medicine. I do some Reiki, some theta healing. And so we manifest things. And around the end of 2019 I was super overscheduled. And I was just wishing that we had more time to sleep in spend time with the kids do jigsaw puzzles and bam 2020 COVID happened so what I've learned is I need to be more specific in my manifesting. But then, of course, you know, like everybody, it was it was the it was a scary time. Who knew you know, you just felt like death was all around you. We were living through the black plague. But it turned out to be a great year for me, and so now I'm engaged. We just bought a house, my acupuncture business, which I didn't want to do in person because I work out of my house, so I shut that down. But then I started my online comedy coaching business and I switched all of my coaching and shows online. I have the sofa King funny show, because it's so fucking funny. And then when I found out is that when comedies online then more people can come. They don't have to park they don't have to find babysitters. Yep. People from different time zones could show up. So now I have friends and fans and fellow comics on the East Coast, even in London. And it just changed everything.

Adrienne MacIain 5:47

Do you think it's too soon for jokes about 2020?

Jennifer Mason 5:51

Oh, no. I don't know about you. But we've been doing it all year. I have a few sets.

Unknown Speaker 5:58


Jennifer Mason 6:01

Yeah. Do you wanna hear one?

Adrienne MacIain 6:02

Hell yeah.

Jennifer Mason 6:04

So, well.... I am going to get a little serious here. Because I, I have experienced, I tested positive for one of the COVID symptoms that not a lot of people are talking about, but it's the one where your clothes don't fit anymore. And Adrienne, I don't know what to do, because I've ordered new clothes online and they don't fit either. Because I just I just feel medium. I don't want to choose the extra large and I just want the clothes that lie to me. You know, I want the labels that say small enough. For now with room for sourdough. Right.

Adrienne MacIain 6:43

So good. So good. So why is humor so important?

Jennifer Mason 6:53

Right. It's it's something that I think about a lot because I'm a licensed acupuncturist. It took me four years, and quite a lot of student debt to get there. Because I want I wanted to be able to change people's health and lives for the better. And now I'm a comedy coach. So that seems super frivolous and maybe not very serious. But I really think especially in the year that we've had, humerus is so important. It's what we needed. Most of all. It's a release valve. Because, you know, my slogan is turn bad days into good jokes. So we turned a bad year into a lot of good jokes. Yep. And, and you kind of, we don't make jokes about good times. Nobody wants to hear about the dinners that don't burn or the dates that went well. We want to hear about the disasters. Yep. And so and then when you use your bad times as comedy, and it then I like to say it makes pain your bitch because it works for you. Absolutely. And now now my embarrassing stories get me laughs and, and then as a comic, I look for more chances to be embarrassed. I'm I'm shopping for the chance to make a fool of myself because that's gonna be good comedy. That's so great. It's so great. Super connecting, right? I mean, just when we laugh together, it's the endorphins the oxytocin and and that's I think that's what we've been missing so much this year is the connection. So really was such a gift to be able to do the the zoom shows, because we I could see people's faces, we could tell stories, we could laugh, I saw their cats and their dogs.

Adrienne MacIain 8:43

Yeah, I just love that so much that you're looking for opportunities to, you know, make fool of yourself now. I feel like that is the thing that would change the lives of so many people. If they just flip the switch on that. I think being in theater, you know, from a young age really, like just breeds that out of you like that fear of like, Oh, I'm gonna look stupid, like Yeah, and it's gonna make people laugh and that's great.

Jennifer Mason 9:11

I have this dream of learning pole dancing. And I think it's because there's a slight chance I'll be good at it, but probably not, because I have abs of jello. So I think I'm gonna fall on my ass and I hope somebody is there to take a video because that's going to be comedy gold.

Adrienne MacIain 9:28

Uh-huh. But you'll have to hire someone just to come and like record the whole thing for you. Absolutely.

Jennifer Mason 9:34

Can you get a close up?

Adrienne MacIain 9:37

Just make it like a whole Tik Tok series, you know?

Unknown Speaker 9:41

Yeah, I would love to hire one of my teenagers. As an acupuncturist when my pay a lot of my patients suffered from anxiety, depression, insomnia, menopause. And so we would do the needles and the herbs and they help but really it was it was their mind. That we're keeping them up. And so we used to play Truth or Dare, but really, it's just dare. What would what could you choose? That's a little bit scary, is when you choose something that's scary, then it builds that courage muscle. I didn't do theater as a kid. So this was kind of new to me. But then I would just see, yeah, when you choose to do something optional, that scary, then you build your courage muscles. And then the other little things like answering the phone or saying no to your mother in law become a lot easier.

Unknown Speaker 10:32

Yeah, I still have trouble with that one. But you know, I think yeah, it's a resiliency muscle that you have to kind of keep in shape. And I do really think that everything you want is on the other side of your fear. So when you find fear, that's like a big neon sign post that's like "This way to cool stuff!" You're scared because you care. That means it's something that matters to you. So going in that direction, you know, good stuff is on the other side of, like you said, feeling that feeling like oh my gosh, I'm going to die. And then wait, I didn't die. I'm still here!

Unknown Speaker 11:07

It's amazing, isn't it? Yeah. I'll never forget the first time that I got up to do a set and and yeah, my heart was going so fast. And, and, and it feels like you're jumping out of the airplane. But it's really only three or five minutes, depending on how generous the club is. And then this wave of euphoria.

Adrienne MacIain 11:12

Yeah, that's awesome.

Jennifer Mason 11:24

But I think that especially in this year, that the fear what I tell myself and what I tell my students before they do show is that I get the fear too, because I'm like, oh, even though I know my jokes, and I love doing this, I know I'm gonna survive. But I still, before I get up there, I'm a little shaky. And then I think how lucky I am to have something this exciting. Because fear is the flipside of excitement, right?

Unknown Speaker 11:58

Yeah. So have you ever just absolutely bombed? Just like *crickets* response?

Unknown Speaker 12:08

I think there's something about my maybe because I am an unexpected comic. I think they always, nobody's really rude to me. They're kind, but I think there are some jokes. Like I don't tell my menopause jokes unless I think the crowd is going to be at least a half female. So sometimes, yeah, there's, it doesn't go as well. I was really grateful the first time that I bombed, because then I'm like, Okay, that's it. I it was kind of like, you know, hitting the bottom of the swimming pool. Okay. Okay, I did that. And that's, yeah. And now you know where the bottom is. Just push right back up and bounce up.

Adrienne MacIain 12:52

Absolutely. So what do you think blocks people from telling their funny stories?

Unknown Speaker 13:02

I think there's a few things right one. First of all, I think everybody's funny. But we're funny when we're comfortable with our friends. Yeah. So we get shy when we're with people who don't know us, and then we get really wooden. And then we're not funny. So it's that connection. Right?

Adrienne MacIain 13:24

Yeah, that comfort.

Jennifer Mason 13:26

And the other thing is that what I find is that people want to tell stories of their successes. I climbed Mount Everest, it was life changing. That's amazing. That's not funny. Unless you had terrible diarrhea, right? We don't want to look bad in front of strangers. But that's the secret, right? Because everybody messes up. So yeah, that's one of the first things that you'll notice comics do is that we just we, we make fun of ourselves. And then everyone's like, okay, we're on the same page.

Adrienne MacIain 13:58

Absolutely. Yeah. I mean, there's so much comedy gold in making mistakes, making terrible choices, going out with the wrong people. You know, all that stuff. It's, that's, that's where the gold is absolutely. Bad choices make good stand up. I remember, back in my 20s, I was in a theater class. And one of the assignments was what he called a wish fulfillment. So we were supposed to do something that we had always wanted to do, like, you know, fulfill a wish for ourselves. Whatever way we could kind of manage it. So for example, he used as his example that he always wanted to drive like a Jaguar. So he got all dressed up and went to the Jaguar dealership. And like, convinced this guy that he was going to buy this Jaguar, so he let him take it for, you know, a spin course he didn't buy the Jaguar because he couldn't afford it, but he got that experience. And so I started thinking Got that and I was like, What? What would my you know, wish fulfillment be? And I like I was having such a hard time coming up with something. I was like, What do I really, you know, want like what? What is my dream other than like, you know being a Hollywood star which like how do I? How do I pull that off, right? But then I was like, out dancing one night with this guy that I barely knew. And I was like, Hey, I know what I've always wanted, I've always wanted to be a Go Go dancer. I've always wanted to be that girl like up on the, you know, on the stage, like dancing. And so I go to the, you know, to the DJ, and I was like, hey, I'd like to audition, you know, to be a Go Go dancer. And he's like, we don't really have gogo dancers. And I'm like, I'd like to audition anyway. He's like, Sure. Go ahead. So there was this little sort of podium, you know, area. So I get up on this podium, you know, and I'm like, doing my dance feeling so sexy, you know, thinking I'm looking so hot and so fun and everything. And I get down and you know, I come back over to the DJ. And I'm like, so what do you think? And he's like, I think you like to dance. I looked around and my date had left. That's so bad. It was. But at the same time, it really did feel like a wish fulfillment for me. Because while I was up there, you know, I had this experience of feeling like, oh, all eyes are on me. I'm the star of the show, you know, and I felt so great. And so I just decided to ignore all of that. And I was like, that was my shining moment. I was, for a moment, a Go Go dancer.

Unknown Speaker 16:53

When I do Zumba, in my head, I look just like the teacher. And that's part of why I enjoyed so much. But you know, not everybody has to like it. Right? I feel so sad for people who don't sing because other people don't like their singing. And I do think that you can change that because you know, you train the ears, not the voice. But it's singing and dancing is part of being joyful. Yeah. So I kind of, I'm glad you did that. But I'm sorry, that happened to you. It's okay. It probably was for the best. It reminds me of um, that's, that's actually one of the joke types that that that's, that's a fun joke type. Do you know you you brag about something that's not true. Like, I was a Go Go dancer. And then you walk it back. Okay, I danced once and then the DJ was like, no! Go!

Adrienne MacIain 17:45

Get out of here! That's correct. I actually just walked up onto the stage, and all the other dancers looked at me, like who invited her? Which I could, you know, totally see myself doing.

Jennifer Mason 18:01

Well, you know, in comedy. I know that not everybody likes my jokes. I mean, quite a few people do. But I, for me, I think that's fine. Because I tell my students that, you know, there are many famous comedians really famous, great comedians, and they don't make me laugh. But that doesn't mean that they're not great. It just means they're not great for me. So you can't please everybody.

Adrienne MacIain 18:28

No, you cannot. And the harder you try, the fewer people you please, yourself definitely included. So yeah, you got to you got to please yourself. One thing I've noticed over the years, you know, I used to be very self deprecating, and my humor, you know, it was all about, like, you know, pointing out all my foibles and flaws and like very much like opening the kimono kimono of like, Look, here's my shame. Over the years I have leaned more towards like, funny exaggeration of like my awesomeness. You know what I mean? Like, so instead of saying like, you know, if I trip instead of being like, 'Yes, I am the clumsiest' I will say something like, 'That's right, ladies and gentlemen, I passed with Honors in finishing school. I carried 10 books on my head before tripping and having them all fall.' So I think there's something to recognizing when all of your humor is making fun of yourself and self deprecating and playing with different ways where you can be funny without being mean to yourself, or to other people. Because I really don't think that meanness is necessary for comedy.

Unknown Speaker 19:48

I totally agree. Of course, you know, I think in the not not so distant past comedy was a lot about punching down. To ethnic groups. Women. Take my wife, please, etc. And that's that's not only frowned upon, it's just not funny or popular. And but there is you can over self deprecating, there are some comics, and they, they make fun of themselves so much. And I just I kind of want to go over and give them a hug and offer them a number of my therapist, you know? And so, but that's the thing too, right? If people feel sorry for you, then that's not funny, either. I think that some of the best comedy is just playing. It's playing. Yeah. What's so funny about life? Comics call bullshit on the world, because there's so many little things that we do, and we don't know why. And so I don't think that I don't think that you always have to be the butt of the joke. Sometimes it's it's society or just expectations. I love making fun of misunderstandings.

Adrienne MacIain 20:59

Yeah, that's, that's one of the best. In fact, that reminds me of a little story. So this is another one of my favorite funny stories to tell. So when I was in France, I was I had a crush, let us say on this fellow who was of Moroccan origin. And he invited me to this study group. And so there was all these, you know, like, cool French people in there. And so I walk in, and everybody you know, gives you the three cheek kisses. It's just like, standard. And one of the guys says to me, I hope you don't mind that I kissed you. And I misunderstood the verb baiser in French, like 'un baiser' means a kiss. And so I said, 'Oh non, j'aime bien que tu me baise!' thinking I was saying, 'No, I love it when you kiss me!' But what I actually said was, 'No, I love it when you fuck me!' In like, the most vulgar possible way, right? And the room went silent. And he said, very kindly. I don't think you mean to say what you just said. And I said, 'Oh, no, I definitely meant it. Americans are so ridiculously prude about those things. I don't understand why we don't fuck each other every time we see each other. That's just natural, right? It's just, you know, what bodies want to do? Like, why don't we just fuck each other. And everybody's looking at me like 'Somebody stop her!' So this guy who had brought me sort of like, pulled me aside and was like, 'Okay, I think I need to explain something to you.' So he explained to me what I had just actually said, and what he was pretty sure I had meant to say, and I was like, 'Yeah, yeah, that's, um, that's pretty much what I... uh... okay. I'm gonna, I'm gonna go.' And like now, you know, if I had done that now, oh, my gosh, I would have laughed my butt off and like, totally owned it. But in my 20s, I was like, 'Oh, I'm just gonna slink back to home.' So that's one of my favorite misunderstanding stories. But I think especially when you spend a lot of time in a different culture, you start to recognize that like, it is so easy to misunderstand somebody's intentions, and it can make for some great comedy. Definitely.

Unknown Speaker 23:35

Wow, that's amazing.

Adrienne MacIain 23:38

True story.

Jennifer Mason 23:39

And I think it's, but I what I love about that story is even as a listener, you can just feel it like I can feel in my body being a 20 year old going. And I totally, I can just, I feel that my body. I'm gonna leave now. I'm just gonna go.

Adrienne MacIain 24:05

So how has this experience changed you?

Unknown Speaker 24:10

Oh, so many ways. When I started comedy, I really just did it to be braver and I really thought it was gonna be a one-time thing that I can kind of check off my list and be like, yeah, Jennifer, you did it. And when you get a laugh from a crowd, and they love you, oh! I haven't done a lot of drugs, but I can see why people do because I guess I'm lucky that the drug that I do is comedy. So that is one thing is that I unexpectedly enjoyed it and that now I know all comedians, and it's amazing. It's amazing to hang out with funny people. And I love that so much. The other thing is that I don't know if you can tell, but I'm a really shy person. I'm an introvert. And my sixth grade nickname was the mute, because I could not speak for the life of me, I couldn't do an oral report, I did all the research, I did all my homework, I could not raise my hand and I could not do discussion classes. So having done stand up, now, I know how to fake being cool with talking. But I like to say that I got over my microphone allergy. And so now now I have a voice and I do workshops, and I can coach I do talks, and and it's great. And so because my life just expanded and became more fun, and more light. And, and funny, life is just so funny. I've we just laugh all the time now. Because if something's annoying, it's like, Oh, good. How can I use that? Right? I, when I when I'm talking to somebody, or I'm in an uncomfortable situation, at first, I have this the regular reaction, but then I'm like, oh, how can I use this? How can I mimic that voice? That's, you know, asking me to renew my auto warranty? How can I throw this in somewhere? And now I just I just want to bring that to everybody. So I love needling people as an acupuncturist. But even more so I love seeing them explore their lives and start when we just start talking about what your floss you know, what, what do you struggle with? And they're like my aging parents, like let's make some jokes, and watching how much fun they have talking about their problems. It's, that's addictive to me. So that's how I have become a comedy converter.

Adrienne MacIain 26:59

So what would you say is your main message or takeaway from the people listening today?

Unknown Speaker 27:06

My main takeaway, number one is not only are women funny, but we get funnier as we age. And if you're thinking comedy is not for you, because it's intimidating, and you don't see a lot of comedians that look like you, let's change that here. And number two, you don't have to be a comedian to enjoy being funny. It really makes everything better. I have one of my past students is a divorced mom. And she did a great set about her grandmother with amazing accents. But what she told me was her biggest takeaway was when she had a one of those predictable, frustrating encounters with her ex about vacation. And usually it would send her into a kind of depression tailspin, but now she said, I'm gonna write a set about it. And it just brought her back out. And that made me so happy. Maybe it's the healthcare side. But then comedy can help you. And you know, if taken daily. It's it's a great anti-anxiety, mood-activator. Fantastic.

Unknown Speaker 28:18

So what I'd like to do now is to take you through this little exercise, and of course, I love to do with folks. So I want you to close your eyes. Okay. Yeah, get nice and comfy. Taking a nice deep breath. And as you breathe in, I want you to see colored light coming into your body. And then you can tell me what color it is. It's purple. Yay. Okay, try it again. Should it change color? Oh, not necessarily. You tell me if it does, though. Well, it's maybe green. Now you're saying sometimes it shifts. so sneaky. All right. And I want you to see that colored light, kind of creating a tail that goes down into the core of the Earth. And it's just really rooting you in connection with everything that is and then I want you to see that light come up out the top of your head and up into the sky. So now you're connected with stuff you don't even know about mysteries beyond your imagination. And I'm going to wave my magic wand over here. And now everything that you deeply desire has just come to pass. So you Now in this moment, are living your absolute ideal life. And I want you to kind of look around in your imagination and see that life. What's the first thing you see?

Unknown Speaker 30:22

A beautiful house and garden.

Adrienne MacIain 30:24

Tell me about it

Jennifer Mason 30:27

It has a lush backyard shade structures, a meditation garden and a water structure.

Unknown Speaker 30:35

Mmm, a water feature! So is this sort of a messy English style garden where everything's kind of growing on everything else? Or is it very structured and French?

Unknown Speaker 30:48

It's a little bit French and a little bit maybe Spanish? Because I live in San Diego. So things are kind of nice, dry resistant.

Adrienne MacIain 30:57

Excellent. What is the house made of?

Jennifer Mason 31:03

We just bought a house, it needs a lot of work. So I guess I'm seeing the house that we bought just in a much better condition.

Adrienne MacIain 31:10

Okay, lovely. So what is it made of?

Jennifer Mason 31:15

It has terracotta roof. It's a wooden on the outside.

Unknown Speaker 31:21

Nice. So I want you to go to a spot--maybe it's inside the house, maybe it's outside, maybe it's someplace else entirely. That really feels like your little happy place. Where is it?

Jennifer Mason 31:39

That is the meditation spot in the garden.

Adrienne MacIain 31:42

Beautiful. So I want you to Is there like a bench here? someplace to sit?

Jennifer Mason 31:48

I think there's a bench and a cushion.

Adrienne MacIain 31:50

Okay, so I want you to have a seat there. And kind of feel that under your bottom. And I want you to take off your shoes if you're wearing them and kind of stick your feet onto the ground. And feel that connection. And tell me how that feels.

Jennifer Mason 32:10

Hmmm. It's warm and welcoming.

Adrienne MacIain 32:17

And while you're sitting here, something unexpectedly delightful occurs. What is it?

Jennifer Mason 32:27

I think a butterfly comes to visit?

Adrienne MacIain 32:30

Beautiful. But this is no ordinary butterfly, this butterfly. It has colors that you have never seen before on a butterfly. This is a kind of magical butterfly that really takes you out of the everyday world for a moment and reminds you that anything is possible. And I want you to feel what it feels like when that butterfly actually lands on you. What do you smell?

Jennifer Mason 33:09

Lavender and Jasmine,

Adrienne MacIain 33:11

Beautiful, two of my favorites. So I want you to take a nice deep breath of that beautiful jasmine and lavender scent. And you can hear the sort of gentle water feature sound in the background. And then I want you to imagine for a moment that this butterfly has actually brought you a message that you are sort of psychically receiving now. What is that message?

Unknown Speaker 34:06

It's, it's that my work is healing and that joy is healing.

Adrienne MacIain 34:12

Absolutely. And as if to illustrate that you hear laughter from inside. And I want you to walk inside and see that there's a gathering here of people that you have been working with. And now that we're in an ideal world and there is no COVID they have come to tell you how much you've impacted their lives. And they just want to share with you how much humor has changed them and how much you're empowering them to be brave and tell their stories has changed them and you can see in their eyes how sincere Here they are. I want you to just bask in that for a moment. And then you get some news that you have an opportunity that you just never thought would really happen. What is it?

Jennifer Mason 35:33

I'm invited to do a TED talk.

Adrienne MacIain 35:36

Absolutely. You are. So you're going to have this TED Talk. You're so excited. How are you going to celebrate?

Jennifer Mason 35:55

I don't know if I would celebrate, I guess I would prepare.

Adrienne MacIain 35:58

Let's say you have plenty of time to prepare. So how are you going to just remind yourself that you deserve celebration every once in a while?

Jennifer Mason 36:27

I feel like the shows that I do are celebration.

Adrienne MacIain 36:30

Beautiful. So maybe you plan a show to celebrate? You've got an audience right here, right? So maybe you just, you know, grab some snacks, hand out some beverages and and get a show going on. And I want you to hear the laughter. Just ringing and ringing and ringing in the room. see them doing that thing where they're laughing so hard, they can hardly catch their breath.How does that feel?

Jennifer Mason 37:25

That's great.

Adrienne MacIain 37:29

All right, open your eyes, please. So what was your favorite part of that?

Jennifer Mason 37:41

I love performing and watching people laugh. But really, I really love watching other people who have who have taken comedy and run with it. And whatever way that is, and not all of them are comedians, you know, some of them they're just they laugh with their family more or they relaxed enough to be successful a dating or or they, they took the confidence they had on stage and actually went into acting. So I I have had a few of these conversations in real life recently. And every time it's like, oh, it's it's very gratifying. And it makes me feel like I'm on the right path.

Unknown Speaker 38:25

Absolutely. Yeah. Wow, that is so wonderful. I wonder if you would be willing to do part of a set for us today.

Jennifer Mason 38:39

Oh, let's see. What's your favorite topic?

Adrienne MacIain 38:43

Well, since you rarely do get to do your menopause jokes, right, because you're worried about your audience. Let's hear it.

Jennifer Mason 38:50

Do you have a more than half female audience?

Adrienne MacIain 38:54

I'm guessing that I do.

Jennifer Mason 38:58

Well, okay.

Adrienne MacIain 39:07

I put you on the spot. I apologize.

Unknown Speaker 39:08

I am 52 except on Tinder, where I'm 37. And I don't really worry about it that much, because I've got those Asian Dorian Gray genes, so I can hold on to youthfulness a little longer. But I will say that I do have a I have a lot of 50 Shades of Grey action in my life, but they're mostly in my roots. And as an acupuncturist, a lot of my patients would come in and they were worried about turning 50 and they would say, you know, Jennifer, I don't want to be sweaty and hungry and bitchy. And I would just hold their hand and say, sweetie, it is so worth it. You know, cuz I have never felt more powerful in my life. And the world needs more powerful women, right? That's why I'm sure that the next superhero movie is going to be about a menopausal woman. Instead of The flash, she'll be The Hot Flash. And I don't know what her costume is gonna look like, but I know it's gonna be moisture wicking with a lot of pockets. And her secret ability is invisibility to men and slappin' the shit out of anybody who asks her to sign up for one more volunteer committee.

Adrienne MacIain 40:32

Fantastic. I love it. Well thank you so much for being here today. So, if the people at home are inspired to want to get a little braver, and try something new, how can they get in touch with you to try one of your comedy workshops?

Jennifer Mason 40:51

Oh Adrienne, what a beautiful question. If they go to, they can sign up for a standup for scaredy cats workshop, which is just for people who have an inkling of wanting to find out where the funny is in their life. And it's super interactive, it's only 45 minutes, and we talk about how to look at their life and their struggles, and we laugh a lot, and we come up with what their signature funny would be. And I teach them three joke types. It's a great start.

Adrienne MacIain 41:29

Fantastic. Thank you so much. Is there any other way to find you or follow you or get ahold of you?

Jennifer Mason 41:18

I'm on Instagram, @JenXComedy, or Facebook, and you know, you're welcome to come see the next Sofa King Funny show it's gonna be on July 9th and we have 4 brand new comedians as well as 4 professional comedians.

Adrienne MacIain 41:18

Awesome, thanks so much Jen!

Jennifer Mason 41:18

Thank you!

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