Jen Kober visits OU, will guest star in two future Netflix shows

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Jen Kober visits OU, will guest star in two future Netflix shows

Ryan Pini

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Bridget Janis, Staff Reporter

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With the school year close to an end, students are filled with stress.

Oakland University and Student Program Board (SPB), as part of the Pride Month activities, gave students the opportunity to attend a comedy show by Jen Kober to give them time to relax and enjoy a couple of jokes.

Kober has guested starred in many things such as “The Middle,” as food court maven Brenda and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” as Joan. She said apart from TV, there’s joy in seeing shows live.

“I think it’s always important to see a live performance, I think being in a room with other people connecting over this one thing we’re all kinda focused on is also very important,” Kober said. “I think it’s super cool that you guys are up enough on current events — you have to be smart to get comedy, comedy is not for dumb people. Well, not my comedy, I hope.”

Kober was the 2017 winner of NPR’s Snap Judgement Comedic Performance of the Year for her “Girl Scout Cookie Caper” story. Also, she was awarded the 2018 Comedic Performance of the Year for her story, “How I was Saved By Waffles.”

“This is the only skill I have, like literally I would always be talking in class and my teachers were always like, ‘Stop distracting everyone, stop trying to make everyone laugh,’” she said, “but like I couldn’t. It was always in me to do.”

Throughout her bid, Kober used stand-up, storytelling and interactions with the audience to create her comedy. Kober talked about many topics throughout her show. She started out with Eggo waffles, went to Trump, moved on to jokes about her life with her wife being a vegan, made comments on drugs and told stories about her grandmother.

Kober’s favorite jokes in her shows are the ones about her Nana. She said her Nana always accuses her of talking about her in her shows.

“I love talking about my Nana,” Kober said. “She’s so funny and she will say anything. I have never in my life heard things come out of this woman’s mouth, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my god, you’re 88. She gets what’s it’s like to live this big full life. She doesn’t care what she says anymore. She’s going to say what she likes, and that’s it.”

Kober will be part of the cast in two new Netflix original shows. She will be guest starring as Officer Lafayette in RuPaul’s “AJ and the Queen,” which is about an unfortunate drag queen traveling across America with an 11-year-old.

The other show Kober will make an appearance in is “Dead to Me” as a co-star with Linda Cardellini, Christina Applegate and Ed Asner.

“I’m excited for everyone to see,” she said. “I think I’ve been doing a lot of line shows, and the stuff I’m doing now hasn’t been on TV yet, so it’s so new, and it’s so much fun. You know you get excited for people to see it. I feel like Britney Spears right before her album comes out, and you don’t know how good the songs are — but she knows how good the songs are — then they’re really good Britney Spears songs.”

To see more about Kober’s comedy shows, guest appearances and upcoming Netflix originals., visit her website: http://www.jenkober.com.