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03/11/2014

LA: Jamie Kilstein at Upright Citizen’s Brigade THIS FRIDAY!   »

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It took me forever to decide between using this photo or a YouTube of him feeding his cats. Photo courtesy of jamiekilstein.com

I had the pleasure of talking to Jamie Kilstein on the phone last week and not only is he hella hilarious (and vegan and tells vegan jokes), he’s like one of the most down-to-earth dudes EVER. He also fully admitted that he’s obsessed with Locali’s ”Bad Ass Breakfast Sandwich,” and eats them 3 at a time when he’s in town—we’re like besties already!

If you’re anywhere close to LA, come see him this Friday (March 14th) at UCB for his “No War, No God, No Nickelback” show!! It’s sure to be the best $5 you’ve ever spent, y’all. PLUS, I saw on The Oaks Gourmet sign (2 doors down from UCB) that they now carry vegan Van Leeuwan artisan ice cream! If this isn’t a recipe for a meet up, I don’t know what is!!!! 

Maybe you saw Megan Rascal’s post last summer with one of his vegan bits (wait, did that sound weird to you too?)? This dude is legit funny. His comedy is political, and he talks about  feminism, LBGT rights, veganism, atheism, hating Nickelback… all the good pinko, commie stuff. 

He co-hosts the podcast Citizen Radio with Allison Kilkenny and said he’s received thousands of emails from people saying they’ve gone vegan after hearing him talk about it on their show. Woot!! Clickity-click here to listen to some of the vegans they’ve interviewed. BONUS, he and Allison have a book coming out next fall with an entire chapter devoted to veganism! I will post more info when I get it. 

His favorite vegan spot in NYC (where he lives) is Blossom, where he likes to take his parents (um, how adorable is that!?). He also takes his omni friends there (and pays), as a sneak attack to show them how awesome vegan food is! 

When he told me he hangs out with more “fighters and journalists,” than comedians, I didn’t know what he meant by “fighters” (because, apparently, I fail at thoroughly researching a person before interviewing them). Jamie, um, “plays” jujutsu (what the heck do you call a person who does mixed martial arts?), and is pretty bad ass at it! This seriously influences what he eats (although he clearly makes exceptions for multiple Badass Breakfast Sandwiches when in LA), and he trains TWICE A DAY (which I cannot compute). 

For my hardest hitting vegan news question (tacos vs. burritos?) he said he appreciates how efficient a burrito is, but prefers tacos (which sealed the deal on us being BFFs).

Basically, this guy rules super hard and if you’re in LA it would be straight up silly to miss his show! Check his tour schedule to see when he’s doing a show near you (if you’re not in LA, which is also silly), and follow him on Twitter

07/22/2013

My homie Brian Liu sent this to me and boy was I delighted! Usually he sends me gross stuff. I see this is an old video of Jamie Kilstein’s standup but it’s new to me so I thought you guys may have missed it as well. But maybe you didn’t because you’re always on top of everything! In which case screw you and can you do my laundry please?!

02/24/2011

I’m not typically a fan of vegan parodies. The overuse of stereotypes is fun! Hey, vegans eat granola and tofu, how FUNNY IS THAT?! So, I was skeptical when I heard about a YouTube video series called VEGAN MEAL TIME created by the boys of Getting Friendly. The thumbnail showed a nerdy, skinny kid with black square-framed glasses. Nailed it! But then I watched all two vids, created to mock the bacon-tastic and horrifically disgusting site Epic Meal Time, which features bros making things like cupcakes filled with chicken hearts—seriously, what the eff?

And then I laughed…Oh, did I LAUGH. Vegan Meal Time, ya done good, restoring my faith in vegans’ ability to be funny and make fun of ourselves. Zing! The parodies were pretty on point.

The first video involved the making of a holiday Tofurkey. “Gobble gobble, bitches!” And it didn’t contain what you’d expect. “Seaweed strip, seaweed strip, seaweed strip!” There was also some bunny-licking, lots of soy sauce, and more peanut butter. Just check it out. “You can taste the B-12!”

The jokes were apparently lost on some of the Epic Meal Time fans on YouTube—clearly vegans don’t ACTUALLY eat spaghetti and peanut butter inside turkey stuffing. Jesus. It’s a better parody than I thought if people don’t realize these aren’t actual recipes; the point is to call out the gluttony of bacon-fiends. Some “flower power” never hurt anybody, bitch.

I’m hoping these kids make some more videos soon. I’ve got an addiction and the only cure is more Vegan Meal Time. Hit me.

This guest post was brought to us by Jessi Stafford! Jessi is originally from St. Louis-ish. She’s now squandering her fortune while freelancing in Baton Rouge. A University of Missouri Journalism grad, Jessi uses her degree for cocktail-drinking, and she loves hyperbole and whoring around thrift stores.

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