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Bio

Hey Mom! My name is Jen, and I'm a writer and performer. You may have seen my stuff on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,  where I was a staff writer for four seasons. Before that, I was a senior writer for The Onion, where I also headed the editorial video department as a writer, director and producer. My debut short story collection is set to be published by Random House in 2021.


Beyond The Onion, my writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney’s, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast and elsewhere. As an improviser, I've performed on teams at  iO Chicago, iO LA, and currently at UCB in New York. I voice the character of Hillary Clinton on Showtime's Our Cartoon President, and I'm the announcer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 


I have an MFA in Playwriting and Screenwriting from Northwestern University ('12) and a BA in English from Barnard College ('07). The Hollywood Reporter  featured me in an article about writing for late night. Check out my shiny hairs here.