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Support Caleb Medley

Friends –

Let me start by saying this isn’t going to be a funny post.

We all know about the tragedy that struck late last week in Aurora, Colorado. We’ve heard terrible stories of innocent lives lost, and miraculous stories of survivors. I’m hopeful you’ve heard about Caleb Medley – a budding stand-up comedian from Denver, who was in that theater with his wife – pregnant at 40 weeks.

Today, they are both in the hospital – Caleb with critical injuries including loss of an eye and brain damage, and his wife as she is induced to deliver their new baby, Hugo. Caleb was shot in the face on that fateful night. And, as a new dad with out health insurance – most comics don’t carry insurance (perk of the job!) – I’m asking you to help. Guesses land Caleb’s medical expenses at over $1,000,000. Partner that with a new baby, and, well, you see where I’m going.

To date, almost $78,000 has been donated by people from around the world to help Caleb, his wife, and new baby, Hugo. Consider helping? You can donate directly here:

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Back To School.

Some of you know I’ve been competing in a comedy competition since February.  And, the only reason I’m eligible for this contest is because I’m a student at the University of Minnesota. Quite possibly, the oldest college student…ever.


See.  Most of my college was done in the 90s. I had a lot of fun. Too much fun. I was in a sorority. We drank a lot and watched the original Beverly Hills, 90210 when it was on IN PRIME TIME.  We had the lowest GPA on campus, but all the fratties wanted to hang out with us.  Sometimes, I think about how my life parallels Donna Martin’s. Still. (JENN SCHAAL GRADUATES!!)



Well, we are now at the point where we need some online help to get us to the SEMI FINALS!  I’ve never made it this far in a competition, ever. Except for the spelling bee in 3rd grade at the Wisconsin State Fair.  But, who is counting?

So, maybe consider watching my clip and voting for the University of Minnesota? It could be, like, the one time we beat Michigan State in, like, anything.

Winners of the competition get to perform at the illustrious Chicago Just For Laughs festival in June. So, I assure you, there is an end game.


Click on the picture below to see our clips and vote, vote, vote! Every 5 minutes if you want – through Friday, April 20 at 1:59 CST.


Vote for the University of Minnesota Comedy Team!


David, Me, Mike, and Collin


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What I Did Last Sunday: Allegedly Talked With My Favorite Podcast

I love my pals, Kate Urquhart, Barb Yau, and Greg Beltz and their lovely AWARD WINNING podcast, Waiting for the Pizza!



This past Sunday, I got to hang out in the studio with them to talk about teeth, therapists, Mao, hugging and online dating, and that one word I could not remember (which I now think was insecure).

Take a listen to the aptly titled “Please Don’t Sue Us with Jenn Schaal”  by clicking on the picture below.



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Adventures in Online Dating, Episode 1


Today, Adventures in Online Dating brought me this gem:


This really happened.



This. After having to add to my online profile yesterday in the “You should message me if…” section:


Oh – one last thing: you don’t own any birds.



I just don’t even know what to do, people.  I’ll let you come  to your own conclusions.  But in the meantime, I may be thinking that perhaps Alcoholic Kevin isn’t so bad after all…



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I’m A Student…Again.

As I was driving today I came to the realization:

finishing these pesky classes I have remaining will make my undergraduate college career 16 years long. SIXTEEN! You guys! Can you even?

I was last in school a few years ago when I took Anthropology 1001 in Fall 2006. When I was 29. It was an evening class (since I have a career), and I was the oldest student in the class. My lab partner’s name was Trisha. She was 19. Our conversations went something like this:

Trisha: Like, ohmygod, I’m like so stressed out right now. I had to work, like, for like, four hours at Subway yesterday. Ohmygod. I don’t know how, like, I’m gonna make it through this semester, if like every, like Sunday I’m gonna have to work for four hours.

Me: (blank stare)

Trisha: Also? Can you meet at 2:30 on Wednesday to go over the homework? Cause I didn’t, like, understand.

No, Trisha, I CAN’T. Clearly, Trisha has never had a full-time job. But she does get really stressed. At Subway.

Now, fast forward to yesterday. 6 years later. And, when I visited the website for this semester’s online course (my second to last…ever), Art History 1002 “What is Art?”. Thank God this class is online, because one of our first assignments was to write a self introduction. I was first to do so (probably because I’m 34 and well, that’s it). Let me share mine with you:

Hi, I’m Jenn. I completed most of my ARTS undergrad from 1996-2001 and have returned to finish the last two classes I have left for graduation (this being one of them). Upon completion, I will have a BA in Art with an emphasis in painting. I currently work for Twin Cities Public Television, helping to support the station by working with public and private companies, and non-profit organizations through sponsorship and underwriting. I also work regionally as a stand-up comedian.

Today, I went back to the website and another classmate put theirs up as well:

Hi my name is Cassie. I am a junior in high school participating at the university through the PSEO program full-time. I like to play golf and other sports. I hope to get a degree in Neuroscience and enter medical school.

WHAT! A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL? Oh, hells to the no. Now, I should tell you that part of our assignment is to comment on another classmate’s introduction. So, please let me share with you what I’ve worked up to share with Cassie. I think homegirl is in for an awakening:

Way to brag, Cassie. Guess what? You might get knocked up from sexing at a frat party and then not tell your parents and not go to class and get put on academic probation then your “boyfriend” will figure out he’s gay (re: Frat) and drop out of school for depression but not before you change your major and end up in some dead end program like “communications” and then 16 years will go by and you realize you’ve been paying student loans on something you still don’t have. So, I feel like it might be good for you to not put all of your eggs in one basket with that neuroscience thing. Just a thought. Looking forward to working with you in class. Best, Jenn


This is me, btw.

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