Laugh Boston: Jessica Kirson
Jessica Kirson is a powerhouse on stage. She’s a hilariously relatable performer of sheer silliness, vulnerability, and ridiculous characters. Her countless comedic character videos have racked up over 50 million views on social media. Her audience is multigenerational, creating an excuse for large groups of friends and families to spend a night out together. In an era where only 10% of all touring comedians are female, Jessica stands out as one of the strongest comedians regardless of gender.
Jessica produced FX’s Hysterical, a feature-length documentary that premiered at SXSW 2021.The film explores the changing landscape of women in stand-up comedy and features Margaret Cho, Nikki Glazer, Chelsea Handler, Fortune Feimster, and other notable comedians. Her one-hour special Talking to Myself was executive produced byBill Burr and debuted on Comedy Central. She is a regular on This Week at the ComedyCellar and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, HBO’s, Crashing, and Kevin Can Wait. She also recently acted in and served asa consultant, producer, and writer on the Robert De Niro film The Comedian. Most recently,Jessica was featured in the Netflix comedy special Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill. Filmed at the Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, the showcase hosted and curated by Bill Burr included Jessica along with Jeff Ross, Dave Attell, Michelle Wolf, Josh Adam Meyers and the Goddamn Comedy Jam Band, and Ronny Chieng, to name a few.
Jessica’s highly anticipated prank call album, The Call Girls, also featuring Rachel Feinstein, was released fall of 2021. Recorded virtually during the depths of quarantine, the album features characters such as old Jewish grandmothers, sexy co-eds, a conservative mother and her gay son, and more.
Jessica’s characters are coming to life in her new podcast, Disgusting Hawk with rave reviews. Through her Relatively Sane podcast, Jessica has interviewed the likes of Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, and Rosie O’Donnell. She was awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and received the prestigious Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian.” In her spare time, Jessica is a regular contributor to The Howard Stern Show, where she produces and stars in prank calls for the program.