Crown published Jane’s first book, a memoir in essays titled I Totally Meant to Do That, in 2011. It was praised by Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, and Gary Shteyngart. Vanity Fair called it “affectionate” and New York Magazine deemed it “lowbrow-brilliant.” The Brooklyn Paper announced Borden as “the new ‘It’ girl.”
Her humorous writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Modern Bride, in two anthologies, on Saturday Night Live, and on VanityFair.com.
After improvising for many years at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Magnet Theater in New York, Jane started standup, cutting her teeth in Nashville, TN, as part Corporate Juggernaut, which was labeled “Best Comedy Collective” in the city by The Nashville Scene.
Since then, in Nashville or on the road, she’s been the featured act for Bo Burnham, Mike Birbiglia, Kurt Metzger, Joe DeRosa, and Billy Wayne Davis, among others. And she coheadlined a successful tour of the Southeast in 2012.
She was featured in the The Nashville Scene‘s annual summer-arts issue, and later also appeared on the cover of that magazine with fellowÂ Corporate Juggernaut producers Gary Fletcher and Brandon Jazz.
As a comedic actor, she’s appeared on Comedy Central and VH1. She’s also played the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, the last five New York Comedy Festivals, and the last five North Carolina Comedy Arts Festivals. And she performs regularly at storytelling and stand up shows. Time Out LA said her act is “Not to be missed.”
Jane has been writing for magazines and newspapers — covering arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and travel — for more than decade. Her travel writing for Metro Newspaper and for the Romantic Travel section of About.com (a New York Times company) have taken her to China, Switzerland, Israel, France, Italy, Baja, and Mexico.
She was formerly an editor at Time Out New York (covering both theater and wellness), and has freelanced for the New York Daily News, Health, and Metro, among others.
During her seven years at Time Out New York, she appeared regularly on local morning news programs (NBC, Fox, CW) as a guest expert. And she interviewed several of her heroes (Ricky Gervais, Christopher Guest, Joan Rivers, and Garrison Keillor, among many others).
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“Open that door before Nashvilleâ€™s burgeoning comedy scene beats it down”
“Joke of the Week”
“Slightly twisted sense of humor”
“Best Comedy Collective: Corporate Juggernaut”
“Funny, epic tales”
“Country mouse, meet city rat.”
“Borden details her difficulties with humor.”
“Part cautionary tale, part celebration, it establishes Borden as a worthy successor to Fredericksburgâ€™s estimable Florence King.”
“What makes Borden so engaging is her ribald sense of humor and disarming sincerity.”
“They’re like those island species of birds that you can walk right up to, because they’ve never been taught to fear, because they’ve never had natural predators.”
“Her humor relies less on gags than on situations.”
“Hilarious…When Borden laughs, she laughs with love.”
Durham Herald Sun
â€œRefreshingly, the one topic she avoids is love, which ironically makes her book easy to love.â€
“Jane Borden is about to become the new â€œItâ€ girl of Brooklyn literature.”
“The unusual amalgam makes for funny cultural explorations, and that’s what you get with her debut book.”
“A delicious dance between two vastly different cultures she hilariously chronicles…”
“I Totally Meant to Do That is a must-read for displaced Southerners everywhere.”
“TONYâ€™s Comedy editor balances hip and home in her witty, autobiographical essays.”
Excerpt in Time Out New York
“fantastic…Every NY transplant should read it.”
“Bordenâ€™s powers of observation and sharp wit combine to create an informative slice of the sociological pie…highly recommended reading.”
“Borden has a gift for musicality and idiom.”
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