Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi! I’m Jenny Gorelick! I’m a comedian, producer, actress, and Emmy-nominee (lol). I host and produce events throughout New York City including a monthly variety show where I celebrate my birthday…every…single…month at Union Hall, an all women+ stand up showcase that raises money for Disaster Relief called Her-icane, watch parties for award shows and Game of Thrones at Caveat, a weekly stand up show followed by karaoke called Hot & Fun, and many more. It’s nonstop!
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
Absolutely not. I thought I wanted to be a Broadway Producer. I was going to be behind the scenes, fundraise all day, go to fancy parties at night, and schmooze with Patti Lupone. I still want the parties and, if Patti calls, I will certainly make time to hang out, but I can’t imagine spending all day in an office.
Were you scared to start the process?
Of course! Being on stage is terrifying. Public speaking is the number one worst fear, right? That’s science? I’m actually psychotic to do it, but there is no bigger thrill than making people laugh.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
With comedy, you face rejection every single day. There are so many people who tell you no all the time – casting directors, comedy festivals, mcsweeneys, strangers on twitter, even OTHER comedians (usually boys, and they think they’re being helpful by giving you “advice”). I find that the best thing to do is just keep doing the work … and find a therapist you love.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Stop comparing yourself to others! Seriously, cut it out.
Spend time with the people who support and champion you!
For the love of god, wash off your make-up before you go to bed and use moisturizer everyday don’t forget your neck.
Looking back, what would you say to 16 year old you?
I would tell her to stop crushing so hard on the student body president who doesn’t like her back. In 10 years, you’ll find yourself in the same improv class… and he’ll really only be ok. And bad improv is the quickest way to kill a crush.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help — even though you’re totally capable of doing it on your own, you don’t have to do everything on your own. As someone who self-produces, I get embarrassed to ask for support, and what’s the point of working so hard on my own! Yes, I can do it all, but why burn myself out.
Men on the other hand – I’ve seen too many who struggle with figuring out a fitted sheet, I’m worried about them.
Have you always had confidence in yourself?
It comes in waves. I’m generally confident to a fault – I’ve always had BDE, but unfortunately Pete Davidson popularized it first.
Whenever I feel down and start to spiral into self-doubt, I turn to my incredible, supportive friends. I’ve had many a Face-time or rosé sponsored pep talk that has saved me from myself.
What do you love most about yourself?
I love my ambition and drive. I’m a Slytherin, and I think that’s something to celebrate. Slytherin’s get it done!!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
I’m still learning so much, but I’ll say it 100 more times, stop comparing yourself to others! We don’t need that negative energy.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
I’ve been so lucky to be able to manage my own schedule for my day job in event production. Because it is so flexible, I’ve been able to find time to work on my creative projects and perform while also juggling Galas and Award Shows. I feel like I’m always working by having two careers. My life is a steady stream of emails, and I can only get through it by being super organized. If you saw my to-do lists, you would think I’m a serial killer. I also have inbox 0… which is definitely a flex.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I watch a lot of comedy – live shows, television specials, tv shows, you name it – to keep learning and developing the type of work that I want to create. And, oh god, I’ve been going to open mics daily. It’s gorgeous torture.
Do you have a mentor? If so, what did they teach you?
I have so many mentors and I learn from so many incredible female producers and comedians. My great friend and powerful lady, Ashley Rodbro, who is currently directing Hamilton (heard of it?) taught me to always ask for what I deserve and not apologize for going after what I want. I call her before I make most decisions.
Reese Witherspoon doesn’t know she is my mentor, but she’s a huge influence for me. Reese taught me that you can be a powerful producer/performer, work with your friends, and still be a nice person. I want to be her.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I also have been a magician’s assistant, and I LOVE magic. My type is 100% magician. I might be the only person in history who was uncomfortably attracted to Now You See Me 2.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I would love to be the host of a travel show. I think I will in my lifetime.
Hosting and producing events throughout New York City, Jenny Gorelick is a comedian, producer, actress, and Emmy-nominee