Jane Condon – Comedian and Host of the Funny Over 50 Podcast and 4 O’Clock Funnies

Episode 134

You’re in for some fun with this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow. Jane Condon is hysterical! And a comedian and host of the Funny Over50 Podcast and 4 O’Clock Funnies. Her journey from journalist to comedian will have you laughing! The Associated Press has named her “an uppercrust Roseanne” and The New York Times says “Condon had the audience cackling, guffawing and in hysterics.” We all need a bit of laughter and Jane is the perfect remedy. This is an episode you don’t want to miss!

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Kara Goldin  00:00

Hi everyone, it’s Kara Goldin from the Kara Goldin Show and I am so excited to have my next guest here we have Jane Condon, the comedian, speaker, and host of funny after 50 podcasts and four o’clock phonies, and she is a friend. We know each other from this amazing group that we’re both on called the list that is amazing. Amazing. And I have just been so inspired by so many of her stories over the years and she was the Associated Press named her an upper-crust Roseanne and the New York Times says, says the Jane had the audience cracking or cackling.

Jane Condon  00:49

I can’t even read all the fancy words that they put in here, cackling guffawing and in hysterics, as she sliced through marriage, husband, kids, politics and so many other topics. She was named one of the 10 comedy Best Bets in backstages annual comedy issue. And so many other accolades, she appeared on ABCs the view and lifetime so you may have been able to see her if you’re all listening here today. And just so many more things that she’s done, but more than anything, she makes people laugh and really enjoy themselves, which is, it’s really a superpower in my mind, and oftentimes just to forget. So anyway, Welcome. Welcome. Welcome. Happy to be here. Thank you. It’s nice to talk to you in person. Usually, we just talk online. This is so different. How wonderful. I’m so excited. So first off, how did this all get started? How did you figure out that you had this gift? Well, I did talk a lot as a kid they used to pay me to be quiet. They pay me 10 cents between our hometown of Brockton mass down to the cape one way and a quarter if I were quiet, round trip, which I never got. But basically, I was the youngest of four. So I wanted attention. And I was not voted funniest in high school, which kind of hurt Not that I remember Mary del Sordo was, she became a principal but who’s on the carrot golden show now, Mary hmm, hmm. So funny.  And also, I think most comedians have a great pain somewhere in the background. I like to say we’re all like birds with a broken wing. And then someone after my one-person show came up afterwards, and she said, Jane, for God’s sakes, we’re all birds with a broken wing, which is true, but I had a bipolar brother, my dad died when I was 15, blah, blah, blah. Everybody has something, you know. So so true. I was just be little problems in the family. I like to say drinking was like the starter problem in our family if only people thought we would just alcoholics. But I was sort of the little kid over in the corner going, Oh, I know. That’s a problem. But look over here. And, you know, my dad was very funny. It’s Irish, right? You’re Kenan. You must be yes. It started. A started out as the as I’m a little bit funny. I think there’s there are people who are funnier than I am for sure. You’re a CEO. Okay. Yes, yes. Like enough? Well, I think it was hilarious of you. When you went in the day before you’re getting your C section to that guy at Whole Foods and said, Could you stock my drink on your shelves? You’re ready to give birth? This poor man? How is he gonna say no, that was gonna do it? Well, you know what I think the funniest thing is when people just kind of live their life and just sort of it runs into humor runs into them. And like you said, sometimes it’s, I was just on a podcast myself and talking about this and talking about that exact story. And my purpose in actually getting product on the shelf was that I had too much product in my garage, and I needed to be able to get my car into the garage. And it really was it was that immediate? A problem? Yeah, yeah. I mean, people understand especially if you’re living in I’m I was living in San Francisco at the time. And I kept thinking about if I put my car on the street when I’m in the hospital, or, you know, my nannies watching my other three kids while I am going to deliver a baby. And she’s not going to be able to go and move my car around the block in order to avoid a ticket because there’s going to be three little kids under the age of six sitting in the house. So it’s very large. I’m very logical, but sometimes my logic can actually and particularly when you’re no longer in the situation, but it’s length down the road, but that I think is something that you touch on too, which is really funny.

Kara Goldin  05:00

And people over the years I would share these stories with people, and then they would remember them. And then they would oftentimes be introducing me to other people. And they’d say, tell me that story about the whole foods again. And I say, okay, and I would do that. But I think that that’s where humor, the ability to kind of laugh at, maybe your challenges along the way, and maybe things that seem very serious at the time is something that I think you’ve just truly been the master at. So when you were in college, did you know you were going to be a comedian?


Oh, no, no, I tried to go straight for a long time. First, I was a teacher at a boarding school. I gone to a little Catholic coed High School in Massachusetts called Cardinal Spellman High School, we call it Godspell. And I wondered about these prep school kids. So I taught English there, which I wasn’t qualified to major in political science, but they needed a cross country ski coach and a rock climbing coach. So I got the job. Then I went down to New York, and I worked in journalism. For many years. I worked for an inflight magazine. And then I worked for Fortune Magazine, where we have an overlap because you work for four. Is that crazy? I was pre, Marshall. I posted Marshall load, though.

Kara Goldin  06:15

Well, I didn’t actually get the job. So you got


the job in circulation or something? Well, I

Kara Goldin  06:21

did. But I didn’t get a job at fortune I aspired, you know, to be a fortune. But I got that job. I


guess. It’s really okay. I should not have been there. I was like a square peg in a round hole. You don’t know the funny person in a business magazine. I remember, they said you could take any courses you want, and they would pay for it. So they’re great. So I went to take an accounting course because I’m very responsible, I got to learn more and working in a business magazine. And halfway through the course that night at NYU, I walked out and went into the scriptwriting course next door. And I thought, yeah, this is, this is where I should be. But I did bring one little bit of joy to Fortune Magazine, I started the fortune softball team. It was in Central Park League, we had a great t-shirt that said fortune, the Journal of crass materialism. And we lost every game except one, which another team forfeited. Because I didn’t show up. I was the pitcher. So I was athletic as a kid. And we lost but we had the best time. And I got everybody out of the office. And it made us a little bit of a community. But from there, I moved on to Life magazine. And from there we live five years in Japan. And people a little serious there. So when I came back, I would lecture about Japan, but people would laugh. I tell them about giving birth in Japan, how the Japanese ladies don’t say anything. And I feel like screaming at the top of my lungs, you know because I’m American. And it’s our way. And I remember the nurse said she’s a good knee, she’s going to be quiet. You are disturbing the harmony of the floor and the lady. I don’t care about the heartbeat of the floor. I’m having a baby. And I need a baby to do that. Who do you have a necesito could speak Spanish Ah, happy. I mean, the whole thing was just that when I came back, I found again lecturing on Japan, but would tell funny stories. But I found I’d really miss the American sense of humor. So I thought, you know, I’ll just try this out this comedy thing go out to an open mic. So every Wednesday night, I like to say my husband was out of town and I was unsupervised. Where

Kara Goldin  08:28

were you living at this point?


Now? Now we’re in Connecticut. I grew up in Massachusetts, and we lived in New York, and then Japan, Tokyo, you’ll be way harder. And my first son was born there, which was quite inexperienced, but because they all do natural childbirth, you know, we think, Oh, it’s a big deal. They don’t take the drugs. They just do it. Yeah, they just do it. And so then we move back to Connecticut, to be near New York. And then I had my second child. And I just started It’s not that I was sneaking out on a Wednesday night to open mics, but I was sort of sneaking out on a Wednesday. I the kids was covered.

Kara Goldin  09:10

They had a babysitter. And was your show in New York. Did you? I mean, did you go to a mic down in New York City.


I started out in the suburbs. My actual, very first show was our son’s nursery school fundraiser. I just hopped up on a fisher price picnic table, and I started telling jokes. I didn’t really have any jokes. And a Swedish dad afterwards said I thought you were just bunk and housewife. And then my second show now most people start at the clubs, right? So I do a nursery school fundraiser. Then I did an Episcopalian church in Greenwich. And the very patrician man came up at the end and said, You are so funny, I almost laughed out loud. And so it just kept going like that. I actually got some of my comedy chops out in the suburbs and they just let you go on forever. And then when I went into New York to do it sort of five minutes at a time in the clubs. But the system in New York was they put you on at one and 2am I couldn’t do that I was a mom, you know? Yeah. But I recently posted on Facebook, I found my kids through the exploration police, they found a box of oatmeal that I left this note to them on a Quaker instant oatmeal, saying, dear guys, I left out the bowl, add some hot water to the oatmeal. See you later. Because I couldn’t get up early the next day. And they kept the boxes still that my kids like the expiration police. But anyway, that one was really old. I ate it during the pandemic, though, because I was hungry. Who cares?

Kara Goldin  10:43

What happened on that first day when you actually got up? And you did you? Do you remember the first one you’re done?


It was? Oh, the first New York one. Okay. That was at the Comic Strip, which is about at first and second. And it’s It is amazing when people laugh. It’s sort of a drug. That was my first New York one. My first Connecticut one was at the treehouse. And the guy who was the king of Connecticut comedy, said, Come here. He said, a very funny lady. But, uh, get out of this business while you still can because it’s very addictive. And he’s right. It totally is. Like, it’s, it’s like oxygen to us. And it was, it was very interesting, more on a social justice line that I started out in the 90s. And they would say a real misogynistic thing. And you know, that was scary to gay people. And the gay guys and I would sit there. And when they would say bitch for me or whatever for them. We just wouldn’t laugh. And it took about a year. But they stopped saying bitch, and the F word about gay guys. And comedians just want to get a laugh, you know? And yeah, it was. That is our oxygen. And when we didn’t laugh at their jokes, then they’re like, Oh, did I hurt her feelings? Did I hurt her feelings? So it was, you know, what I like about it is it is its own little power. I’m kind of normally more. I’m not shy and introverted. But a friend of mine said, yes, you’re an introvert Jane. But just you’re a situational extrovert. Because if you put me on a stage, I just light up and I will take over. It’s my own little power. But in real life. You know, I listen. If you ever saw Robin Williams live, and I did a smoking fundraiser with him anti-smoking, of course. And what a gentle soul and so vulnerable and so open. There are those of us who are just the brash ones. And then the ones. He’s so sensitive and vulnerable. I felt like I could almost see through him. He was just, I feel very lucky to have just met him even briefly. You know, but it’s just fun to make people happy. Do you know?

Kara Goldin  13:07

Yeah, no, I think that that’s absolutely right. So being a writer, and then being a comedian, I often wonder people think that they’re different things, but you don’t just stand up and just start typing, I mean, you actually have there is somewhat of a script. But I think, you know, now we talk about EQ, right? How much of it is based on your reading audiences?


Oh, well, before you do a show, whether it’s a club, corporate, what a fundraiser. My first question is always who’s the audience? Because I have so much material now that I can like to tailor it to them. I’m doing a college reunion on Sunday, Mount Holyoke.

Kara Goldin  13:53

That’s where my daughter is. Well, it as a great afternoon school.


Let me tell you, and these, this is like, the fourth time they’ve hired me,

Kara Goldin  14:00

oh, that’s hysterical.


It’s very funny during the pandemic. I think everyone who ever hired me is coming back because you can be entertaining on zoom. It’s not quite as good as in person. But you can’t anyway, your daughter’s getting a great education. So I’d start by saying something like, you go local upfront. And I say, you know, something like, you know, great to be here, the school that gave us Emily Dickinson and Wendy Wasserstein. And by the way, you also gave us a to Howard who was the first president of Wellesley College, which was my college, and it was another Mount Holyoke woman who started Barnard where my sister went, Mm-hmm. So there are a lot of, and one of my best friends went there. I just, I was happy actually to have a little bit of my education be all girls because again, I was a little shyer and back. And once I finished with Wellesley, it’s like, we’ll give it your best shot men because, you know, as Kamala Harris would say, I’m speaking you know, I’m just not afraid of man. It’s a very odd thing that it does to you. It’s a secret sauce. I don’t know why, but it works. Yeah,

Kara Goldin  15:08

she absolutely loves it. So


I have to tell you my head story. Yeah, tell me. So I was on a podcast called Monday scoop. And in her green room, she had peach raspberry, which I still love and adore. However, it was kind of supplanted by Blackberry. And now, really, Pear is my favorite. If I’m honest, these are all empty. I kept a loaded one here. But when I told you I was trying to get off of Diet Coke, and you sent me a case, clever after I have a little Facebook Live Show call four o’clock funnies every Thursday. And I just always lie No, which

Kara Goldin  15:45

is excellent. By the way, it’s so awesome.


But you know what? It’s, it’s well deserved. Because it turns out not only was I trying to get off of Diet Coke, it turns out I have acid reflux, and not heartburn. Not the guys sitting on the couch watching football. I have throat burn, probably from years of doing comedy. And it just is easier. They said no carbonated beverages anymore.

Kara Goldin  16:10

Yeah, so hint was the perfect answer. So thank you. I’ve heard that from a ton of people. So okay, so going back to your career. So thank you. So, you know, you’ve done a lot of different things, obviously, you really enjoy a comedy. So what moments are you probably most proud of in your career?


Oh, well, you were talking about a script, and ad-libbing on stage. Yeah. And mostly, I think comedians work very, very hard to make it look very, very easy. And I did come in as a writer, but people who come in as actors are better, faster. So I had to kind of back up and take some acting lessons as well, and get my performing skills up to the level of my writing skills. So all that said, one of the high points I’m going to name two of my career was I was asked to be the commencement speaker at Wellesley. I don’t know, I guess Nora Ephron wasn’t available or something. You know, Hillary Clinton, what if she had already done it a couple of times. And they’re like, really, but the kids had said, they wanted a writer and a comedian, the seniors choose, and I’m there like, I feel sorry for them and to get somebody more famous. But I think I actually gave quite a good speech. And my favorite moment of it was actually an ad-lib. When you’ve been doing this for more than 20 years, you trust yourself on stage. And I have the script because they had to pre-approve the script in case I use swear words, which I don’t Mother offer. You know, why? Why would I use that? Look at this face, it doesn’t go. My persona is uptight, Connecticut mom. So I’m not going to swear that’s it. All right. So I’ve got my script. But then the urge to say something just came over me. And it just pushed aside the script. I got 550 graduates, their parents, grandparent, all the people paid for the teachers, the alumni trustees, and yet I couldn’t stay on script. And I said, you know, as I look at it, this sea of eager educated faces, I’m thinking, I have a son in the audience. And he is available if anybody’s interested. And on there, could you stand up Todd and he went to NYU grad acting, and God loves them, he stood up, and he went, called me to the girls. I get so many phone calls from the mothers. It was just it was one of my favorite moments. And what I love is that it was an ad-lib. You know, just trust yourself at the moment. Oh, yes, it’s a big audience but I guess my other one was being on Last Comic Standing. That was sort of a breakthrough thing. And then I got a manager and the first year here I’m talking about perseverance and I know you know all about perseverance. I wouldn’t be where you are. Yeah. And the first year, the audition was at Madison Square Garden in New York three minute audition at two minutes in they said Next, I got in there at 830 in the morning. 330 in the audition. Okay, fine. Next year, it’s at the Comic Strip. It was 22 degrees. I had all my little ski one-piece outfits. It was so cold outside. I get inside. One of them that was the two talented Booker’s from the tonight show one of them like me, one of them didn’t. End of story. The third-year it was held at Caroline’s another great comedy club in New York. And I left my house at 430 in the morning, I was on the street waiting at 530 in the morning at 530 in the afternoon. They cut off the auditions. I did not even get seen. And this is why you do festivals is why you do clubs. You just want to be seen but you want to be heard to the next year that just used old contestants. And then the fifth year and this is why friends are everything I think in any industry. A friend of mine called and she said Jane you know the open auditions for last Comic Standing tomorrow at Gotham comedy club. People are already lining up on Tuesday. It was Tuesday. It was March. It was raw. It was cold. It was awful. I threw my sleeping bag in the back of the car. I said, you know, to the babysitter, I’ll be back. Ken was out of town, I was unsupervised. It was a blessing. I drove in. At 730. I was in line on Tuesday night, and at 1030. People knew I knew I worked at Gotham, and I knew Christmas, silly. A bunch of us went up to him said, Hey, Chris, could you give us numbers, where we are in line, I was 56 in line, and I was there the day before. And I go back to my car, I have to admit it was a Lexus. It’s like camping Greenwich style. But you know, I put down the bag I did not put on miski hat said who might have had hair for the audition. Right? at five o’clock in the morning went back online. And there are lessons to be learned from homeless people. If you stand on cardboard, the feet don’t get as cold. The doors opened at nine by 11 o’clock. That said, I did my audition. And they said Please come back tonight. And they had the 30 best comedians in New York.

Kara Goldin  21:02

Amazing. And


somehow I want audience’s favorite New York and my year was also Amy Schumer’s here, I think she’s gonna do Okay, in this business. That is awesome. You just do it and do it and do it and do it and do it. And it is the pleasure of doing it. But the reason I keep doing festivals is and I do more fundraisers and benefits, because the young people in the clubs, don’t want their mother up there. Although my son says actually my we do like hearing you because we have mothers, you know, I have to tell you, my boys, I really I should give them a lot of money that they give me so much material over the years. My husband was actually the last thing to go into the Act and the owner of the comic strip, you have to audition, you know, to become a regular. And I was already regular Gotham said I like the comic strip. And he said, Jane, okay, we’ve watched you over the years. You’re doing great now. But I am not going to pass you at my club until you start talking about your husband in your act. And there please, Lucian, I want to stay married. Yeah,

Kara Goldin  22:10

exactly. Now it’s like you’ve done it. Yeah, no, he’s


a gold mine too. I say my husband’s very cute. I married up and looks his initials are KGB, sir doesn’t monogram a lot. And sometimes to get things out of proportion. Do you know people like this, he’ll be that chain, he left the light on in the kitchen. Which to me sounds like Jane, to somebody in the kitchen. I like this one, too. There’s a new survey out that says the average married couple talks for four minutes a day. And I’m thinking, is it really that long? You know, so he just goes on and on his section has definitely grown.

Kara Goldin  22:42

I absolutely love it. So do you ever get imposter syndrome? And you know, and just feeling hearing amazing? comedians, it seems like from your industry, I’m always curious about the something that I always thought about when I started my company hint that I wasn’t in the beverage industry. And so I assumed that I wouldn’t be able to be successful and that I had to actually hire people who came from the beverage industry in order to be successful. And yet, today, what I would say is that it’s the people that are actually kind of thinking about the problems that are out there and who sort of come on the scene, right, that that you’re and I would say that there are people who, in the early days of hint, they were counting me out because I was a tech executive. I wasn’t a beverage executive. And today, you know, I’m not as much a tech executive, I’m a beverage executive that is actually that came in and just was willing to learn and roll up my sleeves. And I think storytelling was just not done as much even when I first started, you know, my company and sort of my purpose and my reason, but is it the same in comedy? Is it kind of the actually,


it is I like to say the game belongs to those who stay in the game. Mm-hmm. You know, if you just keep doing it, if you just keep getting on stage, if you just put yourself into as many different situations as possible. I’ve done crazy shows fat cats and buffaloes only during a snowstorm. I don’t know what I was saying. But I mean, I try not to say no to any show because each one kind of makes me grow. Mm-hmm. Although people if you had breast cancer on the East Coast, you would have heard of me. I’ve just done so many fundraisers that way and Planned Parenthood and all that. But I guess you have to be slightly delusional to be a comedian Steve Martin said that I totally agree with that. And just obsessed with it. I can’t get enough of it. You know, driving up to Nantucket and listening to my friend Aaron Jackson is on the new Tiffany haddish thing on Netflix. I felt bad I couldn’t be looking at the phone. But it’s not good when you’re driving to look at the phone, so I could only listen to her. But we do a tour called ladies of laughter. And that was the hard part of the pandemic was everything. I had a nice around the country tour coming up. And everything got canceled, just went, poof. And then we were rescheduled for the fall. That went poof, rescheduled for the spring poof. And now they’re scheduling us for Fall of, of this year.

Kara Goldin  25:28

And where do you think comedy is for today? So people, you know, obviously, you’ve you have your podcast, you have Facebook Live? And I mean, how are people showing up these days and sort of re-invigorating this industry when they have to? I mean, what do you think is kind of the, what do you see happening


back in March, it was really pivot or die. Mm-hmm. And we all learn to zoom in about a week because you had is where the audience was. And I do have friends. I have one wonderful, transgender comedian friend who won’t do zoom. Because she’s, I understand it, she’s a whole presence. And when she goes on, it’s 45, solid minutes. And we’ve all been reduced to 510 minutes shows. I’m doing 30 on Sunday, I’m

Kara Goldin  26:19

so ecstatic. And it’s tough to do a five I mean, it that’s like for me for my keynotes, I even think, you know, it’s tough for me to do less than 30.


That’s a Jenga puzzle I I do I find shorter, harder, much harder, because it’s like, you have to pick a slice of who you are and do that. And I like people to know about, you know, all the different parts. And I’ve learned also, to talk a little bit more like what I told you about my first shows, I put that in my act now. It’s, I really feel that in general, forgetting about me forget about the pandemic, when I started in the 90s, comedy was more set up, punch, set up punch. So you’d have your premise, then you make them laugh. And I started out telling stories, and then nonurgent, you had to set up punch, set up punch because you get more or less from in on that. Okay? What’s interesting is I’ve seen the evolution of comedy to be more storytelling. So within a story, they’ll have set up, punch, set up punch, but it’s often a lot more storytelling, or you’re building a case. But I like being in so many different situations. I’ve entertained at Memorial Sloan Kettering. And this is like just the patients. The first time I did it, I had a hard time because both my parents had died of lung cancer and I’m scared to hospitals. To us, a hospital is like a roach motel you go in but you don’t go out you know, you check in but you don’t check out. So I was scared. But it really felt like it made me feel good to put a smile on their face would tell them this a two IV minimum and what else? And then I was telling them you know who else had had cancers is on there. Okay, so her name is a celebrity. You tell me what kind of cancer they have Suzanne Somers and they’re yelling breast cancer, you know, ready to go? Oh, my God. Yeah. Well, but then one volunteer came up and said, Oh, you shouldn’t do those cancer jokes. And they’re, I think they know why they’re here. You know, so, it’s, I’ve met the most wonderful people in the world. It’s just, we come in all sizes and shapes and colors and ages. This really, if you could make people laugh, there’s not I am older. And being female is actually I think, great. And comedy because everybody remembers you. Interesting. From the time I did in the clubs in New York. Yeah. Oh, yo, the Greenwich mom. But I and like all the guys. It’s kind of like, oh, you’re the guy who told the joke about his wife. I mean, you can’t, but we stand out the women. And it was, I guess another nice honor I got was one ladies of laughter years ago, I want she-devil comedy contest a year and a bit ago. That was actually interesting to me because I took a chance on that when I just wanted to make the finals. I like meeting new people and that challenge of the five minutes. Well, when you’re in the finals, get 10 minutes. But I did the story about asking my husband to marry me. I did some, you know, read Chat Chat upfront. started asking my husband to marry me and rat a tat at the end. And, and then I won. And I’m thinking, Well, part of it is you get to the stage where you don’t care. You know you do your best. Who’s the guy on Saturday Night Live, Phil. He got shot by his wife. And he was wonderful Phil Hartman. Oh, yeah. Phil Hartman. Yeah,

Kara Goldin  29:42

I did not know that. Phil Hartman got shot by his wife.


Yeah, you gotta be careful who you marry. Yeah. Yeah, I think that was quite shocking, but he was designing album covers in LA. And his friend Jon Lovitz had already gone to Saturday Night Live and other Groundlings had gone on. They hadn’t picked him. And he said, You know, I just got to the I don’t give a shit stage. And I just started saying, what I want to talk about I quote cardi B about this, she said, started speaking my mind, and tripled my views. I hate most of the rappers but I like the female rappers that they say the trip they do.

Kara Goldin  30:20

I think it’s so true.


It’s really I mean, they’re really inspirational. But I love Megan, the stallion she’s there body audio, audio, yadda, yada, yada. I mean, she just made me laugh. So pair toss, check my news, baby. How you feeling good as hell. She’s a big girl. I shouldn’t worry about my weight. She’s not worried about her weight. Do you know? She’s, she’s fabulous.

Kara Goldin  30:43

She is amazing. I’ll


take a lesson from that. Yeah, so a big fan of female rappers.

Kara Goldin  30:49

I love that. And what is the biggest lesson you think you’ve learned from just performing?


I guess don’t give up. You know, Winston Churchill. Never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever quit. You just keep going. My sister is very sick. And so it’s useful to me right now.

Kara Goldin  31:10

I love that. I hope your sister is doing better. She will. Yeah. And I think that it is really important just to make people laugh. And you are. That’s your superpower. I mean, you really? You really do it. And I love that. So thank you.


Oh, thank you. This was just a ball of fun

Kara Goldin  31:31

love. Where can people find you?


Oh, every Thursday facebook.com backslash four o’clock funnies. Where the happy hour before the happy hour. I do it with three other women comedians,

Kara Goldin  31:45

and it is hysterical. It is so funny. Thank you. It’s fun. It is relocked Eastern.


Yeah, sorry. Yes.

Kara Goldin  31:52

One o’clock Pacific one o’clock Pacific.


I have an LA boy. I like to say I went to LA one in New York. Nobody’s married. No grandchildren. And if I don’t get a grandchild soon, I’m

Kara Goldin  32:02

going to order one on Amazon. Wouldn’t that be great? You could do that. Probably could Hopefully not. It’s great.


Do you have four kids? I’m the youngest of four. It’s great to be the kid in a four kid family. A lot harder to be the parent

Kara Goldin  32:17

the guy was the fifth. So I was the Oh, the last one. So which I


Oh, we babies are totally spoiled.

Kara Goldin  32:25

Yeah, I love actually it’s that’s another story in and of itself. I think by my sister. My oldest sister thinks that I was spoiled. I wouldn’t say I was spoiled. I actually think she when you think about the first child actually gets a lot more by the time they get to. Here’s my comedy act by the time the parents you know, have you they’re like, just don’t get in trouble. That’s it. Right? They


don’t go to jail. Right? Don’t be president. Just you know,

Kara Goldin  32:54

they know too much. Oh, boy, what could happen? And so I always will argue with my oldest sister that I said I wasn’t spoiled at all. You actually got way more you had the first clothes right? I got all hand-me-downs. And I could argue that all day long.


I am too. I have an older brother two older sisters. And when I was in first grade, my sister who’s sick now was in sixth grade and she had the most beautiful Chesterfield coat you know, it’s like a camel hair coat, right? Yeah, we’re all here me down. That’s why I don’t care about clothes now because people just always gave me clothes. I didn’t have any choice. It was fine. But I remember wearing that Chesterfield coat to school. And it was so big on me I had a train. It just kind of dragged along after me.

Kara Goldin  33:44

I love it.


And but I felt like I was the SH I t and that’s another thing I have to do before I go on stage. usually, say one word to me for one year it was Connect just look in people’s eyes. But another year when I was feeling more imposter syndrome, as you say, I just gathered myself up and I said before going on stage because I can be as insecure as the next person. I just gathered myself up and since I’m the shit there, you gotta go on stage.

Kara Goldin  34:16

I love it well and be your best friend. Right? I think that that’s a really important thing and sometimes you need oh yes do that. Well, Jane, this is incredible. And where can people find you Where else Jane is on social well


Jane Condon calm, okay, it’s my website. I don’t always keep up the dates because they keep postponing them. I’m at j Condon Ford, Instagram and I’ve started making reels. And it’s really fun. 15 seconds. Like I said one about it’s it was deer hunting season here on Nantucket. And I just said, I said okay, so I got my best, but I just want you to know, if you confuse me for a deer, you have problems. Yeah, it’s just but they’re just little Quick things. Comedians, we always go back to the trunk of the tree, you’ll see that Jerry Seinfeld, he’s made a gazillion dollars, what does he love to do still stand up. That’s the trunk of the tree. And when we can’t be doing the trunk of the tree, right now, because of the pandemic, we’ll do the Facebook live shows, we’ll do podcasts, interviewing people in cars as he does. But we always tend to come back to the trunk of the tree because there’s nothing like it. And I always say, half my pay to is listening to my fellow comedians, because there’s so funny, we’re all so different. We’re not really that competitive, because everybody’s act is different. Yeah. So I will open the middle or close. Some people have an ego about you have to close and they’re like, you know,

Kara Goldin  35:46

do whatever,


I’ll do whatever. I’m the utility fielder. But I also feel like sometimes they put me in the middle because I’m like the sorbet between courses on my comment,

Kara Goldin  35:58

sir, so you know, Jane. Well, thank you so much, Jane, I am spending time with you. You too. And thanks, everybody for coming on and listening and hearing about comedy and laughter and we all need it and Jane’s superpower and how she got started and it’s changing careers and all those things. So everybody gives five stars and come see us every Monday and Wednesday at the Kara golden show. And thanks again, everyone. Thanks, Jane.


Thanks, Kara. Thank you What a lot of fun thanks.