As featured in the Chicago Reader, KJ (They/Them) is the Social Justice Warrior your frat friends warned you about. Back home, they’re a comedy studies alumni and Columbia College Chicago Alumni. In addition, KJ is a regular at the Annoyance Theater, Playground Theater and a teacher at the Second City Training Center. KJ tackles racism, transphobia and anything else that shouldn't be a thing anymore. The First Queen of Radical Comedy. FOLLOW KJ! @iamkjwhitehead
Charm City Comedy Festival @ Baltimore, MD (2018)
Lady Laughs Comedy Festival @ Madison, WI (2017)
Chicago Fringe Festival (2017)
Yippie Fest @ Props Thtr (2017)
Manifest @ Columbia College Chicago (2013 & 2015)
KJ is a delightful comic. Their personal narratives and punch lines are deeply vulnerable, well crafted, and all around hilarious. I'm always impressed by the breadth of topics they cover in a set. They're an instant crowd pleaser.
KJ has been in 5 of my stand up showcases and truly has a distinct and engaging appeal that always stands out. They have a knack for one-liners and astute societal observations. Their comedy is topical without veering into “angry comedian” territory. KJ plays to the audience’s intelligence and brings the audience up to KJ’s standards. They really put in the work of writing and have a command of the stage.
Most importantly, KJ is always on time. I highly recommend hiring KJ for your event.
I booked KJ for the October 2017 edition of BAD TASTE, an ongoing variety show - they were a good communicator, showed up on time, acted very professional throughout the gig, and was a total hit for our audiences. Recommended!
Price Range: Contact for Pricing
Gig Length: 20 - 60 minutes
Influences & Inspiration
Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Cristela Alonza, Gabriel Iglesias, Maria Bamford, Chris Redd, Joel Boyd, Dick Gregory, Wanda Sykes, Dewayne Perkins, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Carr, Richard Pryor, Kellye Howard, Gina Yashere, Cameron Esposito, Josh Johnson, Jerry Seinfeld.
Working microphone (Either handheld or headset)
Stool to sit on
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