By Mark Aldrich
An opportunity to learn more about Meghan Jenkins.
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The cliché “necessity is the mother of invention” gained credence for actors, singers, comedians, and writers in 2020. The pandemic and quarantines that defined this year prevented performers from plying their craft in front of live audiences, saw theaters closed—some permanently it appears, and shuttered film and television productions.
Performers have utilized many online services that they may have once have only employed as adjuncts to their live performance careers: Instagram, Patreon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, Stageit, Zoom. There are more. Where once a singer might have announced an upcoming concert on those platforms, the singer now performs on those platforms live, and some of the services allow the performer to sell tickets to the performance.
Meghan Jenkins has found herself an in-demand performer and talk show guest on a number of these brand-new online shows this year. Just as she started her weekly comedy/improv/talk show, The The Ding Wrong Show, and needed a network to publicize the show, the network appeared.
In recent weeks, multiple Instagram talk shows have interviewed Meghan and her closest colleague, Panda, four times; an online dating game hosted Meghan and a date with her was the prize; Meghan has served as a judge on a popular stand-up comedy contest multiple times, and she has developed a reputation as the “tough-but-fair” judge; and she has sung and performed stand-up on two others. She writes that she has started to embrace the idea of “just putting myself out there,” without relying on a performance to protect her behind a wall.
On November 10, Todd Montesi interviewed Meghan for a full half-hour as herself (interview starts at 38:14), with no comedy routine prepared, no songs, no Panda to assist. (“Panda reports that she felt a little left-out, but that she was busy at her new job as a secret assistant to the local police force.”—Editor.) It was perhaps her best appearance yet because it was her most honest, and more and more fellow creators, performers, and online viewers have the opportunity to learn that Meghan Jenkins is a performer and show creator to whom we ought to pay attention.
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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