Jena Friedman

Jena Friedman

Jena Friedman is a comedian, filmmaker, and creator of AMC’s Indefensible and Soft Focus with Jena Friedman on Adult Swim. She has worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Late Show with David Letterman, and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, ARTNET, and The Guardian. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and won a Writer’s Guild of America award for her work on Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York. Find out more at and follow her on Twitter @JenaFriedman.

Guest Appearances

May 21, 2023

Comedian/writer/author Jena Friedman joins Scott to talk about her new book “Not Funny,” how her senior thesis led her to doing stand-up, and some of the interview questions she’s received as a female comedian.

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April 25, 2023

This week Jessica and June are working through it ALL and discuss sitting in conflict and the feminine desire for balance. Then, comedy’s Jane Goodall, Jena Friedman (Borat, Not Funny) joins Jess and June to talk about her new book Not Funny: Essays on Life, Comedy, Culture, Et Cetera.

November 17, 2022

Stand-up comedian and writer Jena Friedman joins Jameela this week to discuss what she is experiencing in new motherhood, why she hasn’t yet changed a diaper (don’t worry her partner has), why parenthood makes her more passionate about reproductive rights, why it is important to look at the structural issues behind the true crime stories, her advice for new fathers, and more.

Check out Jena’s newest special – Ladykiller – on Peacock!

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October 10, 2022

Comedian Jena Friedman joins Andy Richter to talk about taping her comedy special Ladykiller while pregnant, getting into improv and getting booted from iO, getting a job because of improv and more!

September 2, 2020

Joyelle Johnson and John F. O’Donnell join Negin for a discussion on the pros and cons of rationality. Later on, Jena Friedman and Michael Cruz Kayne decide if they’d rather be intelligent or hot, and address other eternal questions.

July 15, 2020

Dr Adalja joins Jena Friedman to answer more of your questions about COVID-19. Recorded July 14, 2020.