By Mark Aldrich
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The UG! Quarantine Show is one of NYC-based actor/director/stand-up Todd Montesi‘s many, many ongoing projects. Live on Instagram, he and his fellow stand-ups discuss life and comedy in our pandemic era. He won me as a fan just because he pronounces the name of the show as it is written: “Ugh! Quarantine,” and not as I had pronounced it in my head when I first saw it: “U. G. Quarantine,” like the name of a long-ago college president.
Your website host Meghan Jenkins and her best friend Panda will appear on Todd Montesi’s UG! Quarantine Show at 10:00 p.m. EST (7:00 p.m. PST) on Saturday, October 10. This will be the second date of what is now known as “Panda’s ‘Lean on Me 2020’ Tour,” after their interview with “Comedy Pete” Burdette in September.
Born and raised in New York City, Montesi is a stand-up who is on many comedy-watchers’ short-list of comedians who are about to become a huge deal. It is also obvious to onlookers that he insists on doing it his own way by following a vision and a comedic voice that is purely his own creation and he invites fellow comics who share that vision to join him. He has launched several sit-coms on YouTube, and one can see him grow as a filmmaker as well as a comedian: in one episode of PN & Friends, I noticed use of a mirror in shots that one would never find in a standard TV sit-com but will be of use as he continues to make films, either comic or dramatic.
Earlier this year, PN & Friends attracted attention as it landed former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci in a cameo recorded on Cameo. It was a goofy and hilarious surprise to see, but it was true to the episode, which made it less of a SNL-style, headline-grabbing bit of casting than was reported in the media at the time.
Montesi was also seen in comedian Pete Holmes’ HBO series Crashing, co-produced by Judd Apatow.
We will share the meeting of these comedy minds: Todd Montesi, Meghan Jenkins, and Panda after the weekend.
Meghan and Panda will appear on Todd Montesi’s UG! Quarantine Show at 10:00 p.m. EST (7:00 p.m. PST) on Saturday, October 10.
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Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning humor columnist, and writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirtieth season. His website is TheGadAboutTown.com.
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Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, model, brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing, and author of the forthcoming book, The Adventures of Pizza Alien.
A social media influencer, in the spring of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to a third-place finish.
She is currently the host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube:
She is a cast member of the upcoming The End of the World Podcast with Derek Erik:
In 2018-’19, she was one of the on-air personalities on The Ding Dong Show, recorded each week live with an audience at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California.
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