Jessi Klein has been making us laugh and challenging our ideas about womanhood, feminism, and issues like age-ism, gun control, and online harassment as the head writer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer for years. Now, you can get 100% pure Klein in her new book of essays “You’ll Grow Out of It,” out this month by Grand Central Publishing. Jessi and I sat down to talk about facing your fears, knowing when it’s time to take a big leap, her career journey till now, and so much more. The biggest pleasure of taping this episode was finding out that Jessi is as lovely and funny in real life as she is in her book.
Jessi Klein is the Emmy and Peabody award-winning head writer and an executive producer of Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed series Inside Amy Schumer. She’s also written for Amazon’s Transparent as well as Saturday Night Live. She has been featured on the popular storytelling series The Moth, and has been a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! She’s been published in Esquire and Cosmopolitan, and has had her own half-hour Comedy Central stand-up special.