Jenna was raised on the coffee-stained streets of Seattle, and maintains a healthy childhood crush on Ken Griffey Jr. She started doing improvised comedy on a Groundhog's Day back in the 80s, when she and another little creature popped out of the hole and saw its shadow. She's been making it all up as she goes ever since. She's a storyteller who likes to get her rocks off in both 2 and 3 dimensions (screen and stage, respectively), when she's not out riding her scooter.
Jenna trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City and is currently studying at the legendary Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles. She currently produces slash hosts a regular storytelling show at the UCB Theatre in LA called Smalland Tall Tales and a monthly talk show at The Improv in Hollywood called OBV: A Variety Show.
She's a three-time Moth Storyslam Champion, and the subject of a half hour feature on Storytelling for New York Wave, a TV show that about 300 million asians watch to find out what's hot in NYC now that Sex and the City is over. She played a child's drum set with The BTK Band (New York's improvised rock band) and raised two peking ducks in her college dorm room, undetected. There is also a video on youtube of her in a wetsuit while on the clock that has about 106,000 more views than it should. She can be seen on the regular at standup and storytelling shows in LA.
Jenna starred in the comedy pilot Pleasant Pastures, where she accidentally ends up running an old folks home full of zany senior citizens. Hilarity ensues.
She is currently in production for Stand Up Girls, a comedic web-series co-starring her longtime ribbon girl collaborator Stephanie Kornick and the sailor-mouthed Aussie comic Hollie Lee Meyer. Visit standupgirlsshow.com for more fun.
Here are the go-to shows that Jenna produces and hosts, always featuring an amazing lineup of her faves! Check out the SHOW SCHEDGE tab for all future sighting opportunities.
OBV: A Variety Show. Ringmastered by Jenna Brister. Fourth Saturday of every month at Westside Comedy Club a variety slash talk show with a stacked lineup of the greatest comics in town, plus 90s snacks, shenanigans and surprises
Small and Tall Tales. real stories + big life events. Hosted by Margot Leitman and Jenna Brister Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA
Crippled Gypsy Sketch Comedy. Cracked out night of comedy featuring Jenna Brister, Laura Keller, Kirby Slager, Emily Pendergast and Sarah Purdum. Directed by Jay Lay.
Mustache Rides Character Circus. with Amy Albert Cobb and Jenna Brister Second Tuesday of every month at Westside Comedy Club
*See Show Schedge tab for exact dates!
"It's not my agenda to make you laugh. My agenda is to blow your mind." - Sean "Puffy" Combs