Bio

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THIS WAS ME IN IRAQ

Award winning writer and performer

Jennifer Rawlings grew up in Salina, Kansas, went to college to study biology, and decided to become a stand-up comedian instead. Jennifer is the proud mother of five children and lives with her family in Los Angeles. You may have seen Jennifer on Comedy Central, CMT, PBS, FOX, VH-1, A&E, CNN, HLN, CURRENT, Joy Behar, or her recent TEDx talk. Jennifer is diverse and has shared the stage with everyone from the late George Carlin to the Vice-President of the United States. She is a favorite key-note speaker at events across around the globe and is known for her wit and inspiration. In 2014 Jennifer was named one of the “21 Change makers of the 21st Century” by Women’s E News.

Jennifer often leaves her brood to entertain the troops. She has performed in over 300 military shows in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, UAE, Djibouti, Bahrain, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Korea, Kwajelean, Guam, Japan, Iceland and dozens of other countries.

It was during these trips to war zones that Jennifer added the title documentary filmmaker to her list of jobs. Jennifer’s powerful directorial debut: “Forgotten Voices: Women in Bosnia” has received critical acclaim and has been invited to screen at film festivals worldwide. Several universities including Harvard and UCLA have included “Forgotten Voices: Women in Bosnia” as part of their curriculum.

Rawlings has written numerous essays and magazine articles for national publications including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Hybrid Mom. She has written television specials and after dinner speeches for prominent world leaders.

She is a featured writer in the book: “I Killed: Road Stories From America’s Top Comedians” (Crown) currently available in paperback. In addition to cooking, cleaning, pleading with her kids to do homework, nagging her husband, and telling jokes at theatres and comedy clubs around the globe, Jennifer is currently finishing a new book and touring her critically acclaimed solo show “I ONLY SMOKE IN WAR ZONES.”