On to the Maxim Semifinals for Meghan Jenkins

On to the Maxim Semifinals for Meghan Jenkins

By Mark Aldrich
A note from the editor: Click here to vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim Australia magazine! She has made it this far thanks to your help; please vote each day.

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Two more rounds remain in the online vote for a model to appear on a future cover of Maxim Australia, and Meghan Jenkins, the star of this website, will make the semifinals on October 15 with your continued support. The winner of the contest will be announced after the final round at the end of October.

After consultations with her team of advisors—comprised of Panda, MeghaZine sports editor Mark Aldrich, her many friends, and especially Panda—Meghan embraced the idea that perhaps victory with a magazine like Maxim can be hers with some photographs that could be considered more Maxim-like. Hence the photo at top and others of her in a bikini. The D.I.Y. aesthetic remains: these are photos of Ms. Jenkins in her own clothes, styled by herself (and Panda) and taken with Ms. Jenkins’ own camera, in a non-professional location, in a set designed, built, and lighted by her.

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Meghan & Panda’s ‘Lean on Me 2020’ Tour Continues

Meghan & Panda’s ‘Lean on Me 2020’ Tour Continues

By Mark Aldrich
A note from the editor: Click here to vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim magazine! She made it through the first and second and third rounds of voting with your help; please vote each day.

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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.
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‘Comedy Pete’ Interviews Meghan

‘Comedy Pete’ Interviews Meghan

By Mark Aldrich
A note from the editor: Click here to vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim magazine! She made it through the first and second rounds of voting with your help; please vote each day.

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NYC-based stand-up comedian Pete Burdette (“Comedy Pete” to his fans—well, he assigned the nickname to himself but the reasons behind this will be clear in a moment) interviewed L.A.-based comedian, actor, director, model, and publisher of the website you hold in your hands right now Meghan Jenkins for an hour-long show on Instagram Live on September 27.

The two discussed live comedy in our pandemic era, classic comedians and their influence on both Pete and Meghan (Jack Benny’s perfect timing still permeates our comedy sensibilities, forty-five years after his death), Meghan’s surprising love for hecklers, and Meghan’s road thus far from unknown to improv at The Comedy Store to her many current projects, like MeghaZine and The The Ding Wrong Show. The two also discussed her accidental modeling career, which was sparked by her invitation to compete in a contest to become a Maxim magazine cover model.
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Keep Voting! We’re in the next round for the Maxim Cover

Keep Voting! We’re in the next round for the Maxim Cover

By Mark Aldrich
Vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim magazine here! She made it through the first round of voting with your help; please vote each day.

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This spring, when Maxim magazine first invited Meghan to compete in an online contest to be a cover model, the people in charge of the contest did not share some details with her, or the other possible cover models of the future: some of what we at Meghan-Jenkins.com like to refer to as “the rules.”

She and her friends utilized their social media skills the first time around, blitzed their contacts, had fun, and enough people voted for her that she … did not come in first. (Sad face emoji.) However, one of her friends (his name is me) finally noticed an important phrase on Maxim’s somewhat cluttered website: “Next round.” She had not lost by not reaching first place, she had qualified for the next round instead. (Raised eyebrow emoji.)

There were three next rounds, a phrase which some of us might have once considered fun on a Friday evening out, but is nerve-racking in an online contest. A true underdog, Meghan made the cut each time, and finished in third overall.

Her competitors were professional models with slick portfolios and modelling agencies behind their campaigns and none were actors or comedians: readers voted, and Meghan advanced from round to round (there were three or four rounds) until she finished in third in the final round. For someone whose portfolio was comprised of self-styled samples from her “coronavirus cuties” comedy selfies taken in her home rather than beach photos styled by a professional team, this was a remarkable achievement.

Yesterday, Meghan qualified for the next round of voting in Maxim magazine’s cover model contest. If you have not yet voted for her, please visit the site and extend your support. The winner will appear on a cover of Maxim Australia, win a trip to Australia, and win $10,000 AUD.
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Comedy Is Pretty

Comedy Is Pretty

By Mark Aldrich
Vote for Meghan Jenkins to appear on a future cover of Maxim magazine here.

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As an unattractive man, I learned early in life that if I desired attention, I needed to develop skills to compensate for my inelegant face. Mind you, I am not repugnant by most standards, but the most notable thing about my features is their lack of any notable features: everything that a conventionally handsome man has, I possess as well … but not quite as much or too much. (So much detail lives in the “…” that I employed above.)

Around age ten I discovered that I could make my classmates laugh on purpose. That laughter sounded like the key, the lock, and the door itself. An earned laugh remains the one thing I want more than almost anything else in social exchanges. The other two things are: continuous unearned credit for wisdom, and instant (see: unearned) yet endless desire of me from members of the opposite sex. Because I am not a well-educated man (there goes wisdom), and I am not physically attractive (see above), I most often opt for the laugh as the quickest means by which to establish a connection with any other human being.

For some reason, women of my acquaintance tend to make the best audience for my expressions of humor. This is one of those facts of my life that I choose to leave unexamined, but most men of the species when they hear a joke or a retort from me will show approval with a comment. “That’s a good one, Mark,” is not laughter, not exactly, so I do not refuse praise, but most women who like one of my jocular ripostes will laugh, and many will then participate in the comedy, as well. I have had many moments of impromptu live improv with female friends, almost none of whom are comedians. Those moments have been some of the best that life offers. No dates have ensued, but … .

(That “…” there carries so many stories. Poor, sad ellipsis.)
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