Ashley is a stand-up comedian on a journey to be both max funny and max frugal. Ashleyjillian.com is mostly just to prove there are comedians (or humorists, if you also love pretending you live in a 1930s issue of the New Yorker) who think making jokes about brunch is incredibly lame.
She peaked at age 19 when she blogged about politics for The Washington Post, now she just writes short stories (1930s New Yorker) and stand-up comedy. She is also an A+ actress and an A+ arm wrestling opponent if you are looking to feel better about yourself.
Comedy is the biggest and most awkward thing to happen to her since puberty, and she’s not afraid to show it.
Email Ashley for tips on finding your own second puberty at ashleyjt7[at]gmail.com
330 thoughts on “Bio”
OH! where do you frequent improv in LA? I’m taking classes currently at IO and UCB.
I studied ballet, I like bagels, I majored in plain old Economics, and I too seek to dominate the interweb. Love your Blog
That made me :D. Nice to
I love your blog!!
You have an engaging sense of humor and a satiric, smart assed outlook that appeals to me. I will be back to check our more. Is that a Western Bagel??? You should go to the factory that makes em. its up on Sherman way off the 405. Worth the trip.
Hey Ashley, thanks for the like button on my post. I really like yours too and I’m signing up, you are a funny girl.
I share your sense of humor, love your blog, and look forward to reading more. (And POKEMON FTW!!)
Another thing– I’m an aspiring journalist (taking high school classes, I’d like to major in it at college and go on to a career in the field). Do you have any tips? It certainly seems you’re experienced, and have a lot of writing under your belt. To be honest, I’m quite jealous 🙂
haha thanks! I wrote this post for you, figuring it might also be beneficial to other people:
I hope that helps!
Thanks for popping in Ashley! I love you for the following reasons:
1) I started dancing at the age of 4 and never stopped
2) As you figured out from the “liked” post, my bf is an aspiring improv comedian
3) I am a Jew, so I was pretty much raised on bagels (blueberry being my favorite!)
4) You have fantastic taste – my other blog has the same Wu Wei theme 🙂
Looking forward to following your adventures!!
I feel like we are bagel soulmates because blueberry is my favorite too. *subscribing to your blog now*
Hello there! Your bio reminds me of the resume (let’s pretend the accents were inserted correctly) I just finished writing. It’s nice to that there are so many charming people on this site, you’re another inspiration!
Hey! Love your sense of humor. Thanks for the like! Will continue to follow your adventures 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Came to thank you and, yep, you had me with the picture. I’ll be back.
Loved the bio! Great sense of humor!
Thanks kindly for the “like.” Where do you do improv?
UCB! Thanks for the comment 🙂
Hey ashleyjillian! Thanks for the “like” on my post. My poor infant blog greatly appreciates any lovin’ it can get.
Yes, if you can grow a beard, you are almost guaranteed membership into the hipster club. Unfortunately, my asian genetics prohibits me from fully growing a beard. It is a pale reflection of one. So… no entrance.
Well hey there! Looks like you’ve been busy on the blogosphere. Thanks for checking out my blog. I checked yours out as well and I like your style, my friend.
Ashley Jillian…you are wildly awesome, and it’s great to connect through the blogosphere…shout out to the West Coast from East Coast Art Snobbery. Q
thanks oodles for stopping by my blog! as for yours, it is absolutely charming. Cheers!
eh, two of the languages are basically the same. I have no idea why people thank me for “liking” their posts. I think it’s to remind me that we apparently have some Internet connection to each other, which I don’t think is entirely necessary. It could also be a “you like me, so I have to admit I kindasorta like you.”
Hi Ashley! Thanks for hitting the “like” button on my “Edgar Eggplant waves goodbye to summer….” posting. My regular blog is http://www.cindydyer.wordpress.com, in case you’re interested in things other than gardening. I’m going to check out your blog now!
Girl, thanks for checking out my blog and introducing yourself! I do love it when people do that and I am going to go ahead and claim “inside joke” on my response above. Thanks for stopping by!
We aren’t sure how you tripped over our blog, but you are super funny, and we invite you to a) keep reading, b) stop by the shop if you are ever in Palm Springs c) definitely give us a call in 10-15 years when you meet a smart guy (unafraid to purchase major jewellery) who snaps you up because it’s dawned on him that someone who makes you laugh is key in a marriage.
All the best to you,
I think I’m going to have to subscribe.
What’s up with your subscription button? There isn’t one.
what?? lame. There isn’t a follow thing on your toolbar? *sigh* I’ll try to figure it out later.
Ok, then it’s not you, it’s me.
that’s not the first time I’ve heard that!
Hmmm you liked my blog? You have far too much intelligence for that crap, your probably a Canadian Mountie secretly working undercover to expose my bagel factory!
Good luck dominating the Internets! I like your blog!
Cool blog, dearie! Thanks for checking out mine as well 🙂
Thanks for the “like” on my blog post and for making me laugh today! 🙂
thanks so much! I love love love making people lol.
sounds like you just earned some bragging rights 😀
Thanks for the like on my post.
Have to say that I was in two minds over , so I’m grateful for the reassurance!
Seems a great little corner of the interwebs you got here and I may just have to pop by every so often.
All the best,
Top o’ the morning/noon/night Ashley,
Great blog, and may I say, great bio.
What in the world are you eating in your gravatar pic? It has sent me into a fit of third-world hunger pains.
Keep up the good work.
I hate to be like everyone else and thank you for “liking my post” on here. But hey, WordPress suggests writing comments in order to hopefully make friends. At this point for me Internet Friends = Real Friends, and I can use all the ones I can get. You’ll be receiving a gift basket with banana nut bread, a smores kit, and a best friends forever bracelet (the heart kind that splits in two). Seriously though, before this gets creepy, thanks for the like on my post. I checked out your blog and I’m convinced I should follow. So there you go… bestie.
I like bagels too!
What are the four languages?
English, Norwegian, Swedish, some French and some Danish. Since 2.5 of them are pretty similar, it isn’t actually that cool. haha.
You know what I like about your blog? It’s like reality, it not at all like I imagined it would be. So does that make you unreal or really real? I do tend to get confused.
Enjoy always, T
ahhh shiz, Lara asked the question I wanted to ask.
Thanks for “liking” my blog. I went to Cal Berkeley too, a long time ago. At my age, I’m just happy to be breathing and writing. You’ll understand someday I hope. BTW, you are a very funny writer. Keep it up!
Man, I am impressed.
Such a woman of knowledge, learning and somewhat traveled. The last time such a person showed up on my webpage, I heard all about it for a long time afterwords (mostly about my comma’s and my apostrophes being in the wrong place, she was an English professor). I found your bio very interesting, bagels and all.
Seriously, looks like you have it all together girl, thank you for stoppin by my watering hole to see what was going on.
Hi and thanks for visiting my blog and the “like.” After reading about you, I am also shocked you didn’t get on the jury. What were the thinking? I’ll stop back for more visits. Cheers!
So glad you liked my blog and also so happy to have a fun new blog to visit.
Keep up the great work!
I speak 4 languages too: dance, gibberish, Californian, and zootalk. I am terrible at math but genius at improv. Suggestions for the best route to other blogs? Thanks for the like.
follow the tags!
Thanks for liking my bloggy thingy! I’ve been trying to subscribe to your blog but, being a knuckledragger from way back, I can’t find the “subscribe” button. Kudos for the Divine photo in that last blog. I haven’t visited his grave in a while, I’m due.
Greetings from the midwest. Thanks for the “like.” I will be stopping by!
Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog. Are you part norwegian? I´m just curious:-) Have a wonderful day, I like your style. Anne
mange takk! mora mi er fra Norge.
Ah, det forklarer alt:-)
Hi there! 😀 just when I thought no one will read it, but somebody actually did not only passing by but actually hit the ‘like’. Big thanks all the way from Dubai 😉
Thanks for stopping by, Ashley!
Oh crap. I didn’t realize that tagging one of my posts with “humor” was going to make someone who is actually funny read my blog. Thanks for the “like.”
(Minus 2 points for the Berkeley thing though – I was a Stanford tree.)
I feel like I should only get minus one point because I think sports rivalries are kinda lame! haha, thanks for stopping by :D.
Love the creative randomness, thanks for letting me play!
Thanks for clicking on the like button on my un-press-able blog. Perhaps the cranky pants journalist and the Parisian lovelorn did the trick. They’re white and middle class, a bit nostalgic and have more money than I do. Plus I’m not white or middle class.
Anyway you have unusual taste and I like that in a blogger-person.
Pacific NW “Desperate” Author
Hey Ashley, thanks for stopping by my blog and clicking ‘like’ on my recent post about airline travel.
Looks like you have an interesting blog and lots of followers too. Interesting take on humor and Freshly Pressed too.
Just read your bio – excellent. BTW, my mother, now in her 80s, has taught ballet and choreographed almost her whole life.
thanks for dropping by teamworkintendays, and for the kind words Ashley. I was born in Berkeley!
Dominate the internets? There can only be one. It’s on!
Enjoyed your posts! Keep writing!
Wow. I got a “like” from a writer of a blog like yours. I’m flattered. Love your blog
Hey there – thanks for the Like. Your writing screams with energy. It’s fun, I’ll be back.
you expressed the slightest interest in me so I’m going to ‘follow’ you for a bit. In the real world that’d be stalking and I’d be considered a nutter. Luckily this is the blogosphere (horrid word, that!) and it seems to be acceptable etiquette. It’s the wee small hours over here in the UK so I’ll come back and check out more of your stuff in the morning.
Howdy and thanks for the ‘like’
Thanks for stopping by, you have an interesting site.
Alright, you are the 2nd person in a week to push the “like” button on one of my posts. As I have been blogging for about 8 months, and these are the only two likes I’ve ever received, I am now wondering what I’m suddenly doing wrong. It’s like the stars have fallen into alignment or something. Thanks a lot for freakin me out by liking my blog post. Seriously though, you are one funny and seriously smart young lady(woman). All the best.
I like bagels too! I also went to a liberal school: Brown. having fun exploring your blog… 🙂
Thanks for the kinds words!
Thanks for the “Like”…..Although I can’t imagine why….I apparently break all the rules!!! (see? 3 exclamation marks) AND I USE CAPS!!! Also pretty sure my grammar sucks! LOL and I talk about boring stuff a lot. Loved your take on the Fresh Pressed though… You are funny and obviously quite overlooked….glad I understand the whole FB thing now….ha
I meant “FP” thing! sorry….
my question…why this choice of a profile pic? hmmmmmm 🙂
Great bio Ashley! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to keeping up with yours!! 😛
Pretty much gonna copy and paste all of the above…thanks for the *like. Get a kick out of your sense of humor…your sarcasm makes your bio dubious 😉
That’s the best idea I’ve heard in a long time!
4 languages!?!?! impressive! thanks for reading my blog : ) thats incredible that you have done so much in just 22 years! keep up the hard work!
Howdy Ashley –
Thanks for stopping by my blog ! I had to ride on over this way and have a look at yours, which of course is impressive. A blog that kind of stands out 🙂
Take care –
Have to say, you almost had me buying your intellect till I remembered that you clicked ‘like’ on my post – definitely puts your sanity into question. 😀
Thanks for dropping in over at my blog, thought I might do the same. Will drop back again as often as I can, feel free to do the same.
Hey, Ashley! Thanks for the Like and your support of Improvinitus! Great blog btw. You’ve got yourself some new fans.
You are awesome. That is all. Also, I’m excited to follow your blog. So that’s two things.
Your blog made me LOL, but how do I know if I’m creepy cool because that sounds like something I might like to become when I grow up.
Since I’m relatively new to the blogging world (I know there’s a technical name for it but who cares), I will try to learn from you (where I live, we call it picking your brain), since I’ve noticed through my kids (grown), and grandkids (9 and under), that you younger folks have a grasp on this stuff, that I haven’t latched on to yet (ask about building a deck, or fixing your tub drain, and I’m your guy). I will be following, but not in a creepy way, and thanks for liking my post!
Thanks for checking out my blog post!
You have a very rich and inspiring biography on here! Keep up the great work!
Web site …old AP is lame.
Thanks for the “like” on my very first post! I love your writing and sense of humor…you have another fan/follower!
Another sassy person on the internet, I never thought I’d find one! Clearly, we must be soulmates.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the “like”.
Intersting . Thanks.
I too am glad website is now one word.
(Thanks for stopping by.)
Thanks for checking out my blog and the “like” on my convertible story. Your work looks amazing. I will enjoy checking it out further and following your exploits.
Love your posts, Ms Ashley Jillian. Thanks for popping by my site. Esp liked your blogging advice post. We are kindred spirits–I don’t edit before posting either. Well, a little, but not like I should. I usually just look at it from my iPhone and catch a typo and then edit and update. And then I find another and do the same thing. This goes on for a few hours until I end up with a heavy sigh and wishing I just slept on it and did a final edit before posting the darned thing. Editing sounds so noble and doubt I’ll ever really do it. The word-snob side of me rolls my eye at the lazy-ass side of me.
“Ashley hopes to continue her passion of writing by using this website as a way to engage with (read:dominate) the Internet.”
If you have never visited Royal Pingdom.com, you may want to drop by to see the competition.
Royal Pingdom says there are:
255 million – The number of websites as of December 2010 (there’s probably 280 million as of December 2011)
21.4 million – Added websites in 2010
1.97 billion – Internet users worldwide (June 2010)
152 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse)
2 billion – The number of videos watched per day on YouTube
If you make it into the top one percent (1%), you stand a good chance to end up on the first page of a Google search for the topics you are writing about…
By adding Websites + Blogs, that means an Alexa rank of about 4,00,000 or less lands in the top 1%.
May the force by with you in your goal to dominate the internet. :o)
Thanks for dropping by “iLookChina.net”. To reach the Alexa rank “iLook” has today, took more than a thousand posts and about a half million words. If I miss one day, the Blog losses rank and sinks like a leaky row boat full of holes. The Internet is a marathon race with more than four hundred million runners.
I nominated you for the versatile blogger award, eventhough you’ve probably been down that road before. But I find your site wicked amusing and I like your style of writing.
I like your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Click me back to get the details on your award.
UC Berkeley alumni. Writing. Improvisation. Dance. Intention to take over the world: we have a lot in common!
Keep in touch.
Like your blog, your a cool chica. Look forward to reading more. Best wishes
Ashley, thanks for letting me know you like my humor blog, http://www.tygerpen.wordpress.com.
I like all your suggestions for
a successful blog. I’m sure I broke most of the rules when I began.
You have an impressive background. I don’t know when you have time
to eat. At least keep around a supply of dark chocolate.
(That’s another blog suggestion–not mentioned in your list. The topic of chocolate, like sex, draws readers.) Unless it’s about your kids eating your chocolate. Then it belongs on a crimes committed blog.
Ashley, Thanks for looking at my blog. You are the sort of person that I want to be when I grow up. Ummm, well, maybe not exactly because (1) I am a male, and (2) I am 70.
I’ll be reading your blog.
Ashley, I think you are wonderful…and to think that you’ve fit all that into so few years…oh my! Thank you for finding me so I could find you!
This is some really good stuff! I love it. All subscribed and such…
And thanks for dropping by my little corner of the Internet.
Go get ’em!
David Scott Smith
you are a young lady of many talents
Ashley, thanks for pushing the like button on “Resolution Revolution and Back.”
Resolution #6. Always keep pizza rolls, cookie dough ice cream, and
Maria Calendar’s chicken pot pies in the freezer
Resolution #7. Keep the lid closed on the toilet in the bathroom, so that Bandit won’t
drink out of it, last time his tongue turned blue
Reolution # 8. Read Ashley’s blog, it will brighten your day
I’ll be following you. Happy 2012! Your new blog buddy Carey Kennon @
careykennon.wordpress.com = )
I was so very glad when AP changed it to website as well! I was working on a headline with it once a few years ago and cheated a bit by making web and site two different colors so I could scoot them closer together!
hope you have a great 2012
Wow, your accomplishments are very impressive and I wish you all the best in your writing and entertainment endeavors! Thanks, also, for your visit to my blog. I look forward to reading more of yours in the new year!
You are incredibly funny and forthright! Looking forward to your gritty humor.
I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, because you and your blog is awesome! See here for more details: http://literarydormouse.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/youve-won-a-versatile-blogger-award-there-must-be-some-mistake/ and by clicking on the green versatile blogger logo picture you can go over to a blog describing more of it! Happy New Year!
Hey lady! Thanks for stopping by. I just started reading you blog and I have to say, it rocks! You are such a great writer and are so inspirational, especially to a fellow burgoning writer such as myself. Keep doing your thang, girl! xoxo
I think you’re pretty cool too 😉
I’m enjoying yours as well. I’m currently working on a TV pilot that involves a ballerina, I may need to consult with you in the near future, if your are available. Cheers. Larry.
Ashley, you hold the current title of “Ted’s Favorite California Girl.” Handle it with care; it might be as fragile as I am.
(That’s a bit of senior citizen humor — only the fragile part.)
Can’t dance…do consume the occasional bagel…also spent seven years at college, picked up a couple pieces of paper, and burnt a few brain cells. Now I abode in L.A., write, do some acting, and play in a 60s rock band. Life is good. Glad you enjoyed my blog. Look forward to reading yours…
I like bagels too and have a fat butt to show for it. Good luck with the internet domination thing, you will succeed. Someday I will get to say – SHE liked MY blog, I sort of know her in a comment section kind-of-way! Why I’m almost famous!
You leave this most important for last… A bagel lover. I am a non discriminate lover of bread. Nice Blog Ms. Jillian. Thanks for taking the time to read mine.
You’ll get a notification from WordPress to say I’m following your
blogwebsite. Just to clarify, I only clicked “Follow” because I can’t find the button tagged “vicariously revisit your 20s“.
looking forward to looking around when i get the chance
Cool girl. All the best in the new year.
You are one impressive woman!
I loved reading your blog. And you Dance!!!, how wonderful. That is the best. Still in your Flying Years, too. Oh to think of all with you and before you, my heart joins in support and love,
that is so sweet and totally made my day, thanks for stopping by 🙂
Thanks for reading, Ashley. We took a vote among our 101-jugde panel and it’s official: Shitmove.com staff like your blog (by a vote of 100-1 with one judge who couldn’t bring herself to like it because of some emotional hangup regarding bagels). As if you didn’t already know, this makes you a member of the Card Carrying Cool Club.
Thanks for the like! I’m a fellow Cal grad as well. Go bears!!
Ashley, I love your blog! Look forward to visiting again! I want to read your short story!
Your bio is impressive and inspiring. I feel like you have accomplished many of the things I am pursuing. By the way, I am taking my first advanced journalism class at USU – AP style may be the death of me as well as the best thing that ever happened to me. I can’t wait to read more of what you have to say. xoxo
Hey there, thanks for the “like” on my last post!! You have a great site here, keep up the great work and good luck with your writing and Improv!!!
You’ve got an impressive background, from Berkley to blogging – nice 🙂 Good luck with improv and hope you have tons of free time to write and blog some more.
thanks! and quasi-unfortunately, no free time/ all free time improvising, but I love it and it’s awesome
Thanks for another “Like” on my Tygerpen humor blog! I am so impressed by your background that I’ve considered borrowing it or parts of it the next time I apply for a job. Looks a lot better than mine. You sound like a Renaissance woman! (Lucretia Borgia?)
Best to you,
you have a very impressive track record. Keep up the good work!
I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Tag. You’re it.
thanks! I already did it awhile ago, though O.o
Hi! Thanks for putting a smile on my face. Here goes: Your blog is very funny and I give you mass amounts of kudos for doing improve. Blogging is my improve as of now since I can’t make it out to da clubs. They open way after my bedtime. It’s better that way so I don’t have to actually hear boo, hiss. I like to dance and so does my husband and daughters. The younger one is a bouncy seat dancer since she is six months old. My husband went to Cal too. I am a bear in the morning. Let’s see… I love bagels and blueberry is awesome… have you tried the blue berry cream cheese? I haven’t met a bagel or different types of cream cheese I didn’t like. So that’s about it. Story of my life =)
Jillian…what an inspiration you are to me! Amazing bio for such a young girl…
You’re sooo funny! Thanks for the inspiration… (and for dropping by)
Thank you AshleyJillian! Chick. Chicka Chicka.
Thanks for the “like” Ashley! Your blog has kept me amused in the windowless office I must occupy for the next few days. It’s certainly appreciated and has kept me from banging my head against the desk endlessly!
You said you write short stories too? Where are those?
Ashley, I was looking through your blog stie and saw the clown photo. Very unique. You have a good eye for photography. I like your writing as well. Keep it up, and good luck with your blogging. Bloggers rule!
Ashley, you’re brilliant and/or crazy. Either/both will make you interesting to follow. 🙂 EllaDee
Thanks for stopping by my blog! you have some very funny posts here, and some dead-on observations about life in general. Keep writing!
You look like the kind of girl who everyone wants in their friendship group, always happy and full of energy!
I like your tip on reading in an underground car park. I’ll have to try that one out sometime. No idea how you discovered that was your favourite thing, but worth a try methinks!
You are freakishly talented and impressive! I mean that in a good way.
You have 161 comments here, and they aren’t all form your mom telling you that she saw someone you know in someplace in your hometown who read your blog and had an opinion on it. Nor are they all from your mom catching you up on all the furniture store gossip (is furniture store gossip a thing? See what I did there?) where she works.
Your life, being not the things mentioned above, seems intriguing.
No idea how you came across my Crazy Bible blog, but I’m glad…because that story about the guy caressing the elevator which moments later spat out a Chinese dignitary propelling you into a real life game of Mario (who actually is Italian…I’m not a nitpicker, stop yelling at me) was fantastic. Truly fantastic.
From one former iO (Chicago) student/performer (dance monkey dance!) thank you for stopping by the blog, because it led me here.
I hope today turns out to be the best day of your life. And if not, try again tomorrow. And if not, go have some ice cream.
ah super sweet! and thanks for the Mario info, I’m also looking to learn more shiz from the world of Mario, and the world world.
Great bio, best of luck for your future. 🙂
check out the open mic at meltdown and the events nerdist does over in LA
I enjoy your sense of humor. I think you have a fun blog here. I paticularly liked your story about getting bad coffee at Starbucks, Rosa Park’s chins, and the spammer who wanted to write posts for your blog. Keep up the good work. I also like that you work at an Improv. I know sometimes that doesn’t pay well, but it is still better then a regular job. You look kinda cute and should put up more pictures of yourself.
I also commend you on your noble cause of dominating the internet and I wish you the best of luck in that endeavor.
Improv – that’s great. I’m reading Tina Fey’s book, Bossypants right now and I’m loving learning about that world. I always believed being fashionable and environmentally aware can mix!
You’ve got a great sense of humor. Thanks for stopping by and checking me out.
What an interesting biography, now I feel small and useless… (haha). Now I’m a writer too, and I’m new to this blogging thing, so thanks, I’ve read some of your things and I like it, i.e., they are awesome. Greetings from Mexico!
Holy batman, you have posts that actually make sense and entertain. This blooging thing is HARD! Keep it up, though. Don’t let my jealousy be an incentive to stop and give me all your talent. (I’d be ok with that)
Math/Impro nerds of the world unite!
Math/Impro/Politics, more like it.
Your writing skills make me jealous! 🙂 Great blog!
I too believe in world domination…maybe we shoud start a Bloggers World Domination Society?
I read your bio, so it doesn’t look like this world domination thing is going to take too long.
Thanks again and be encouraged!
Thanks for the humor and 🙂 🙂 🙂 :).
Hi Ashley. interesting and very strong BIO. impressed !!! good luck with your future plans, you seem to understand exactly what you are doing. doesn’t take long to succeed once you have that talent 🙂 🙂
Thanks for the like, Ashley, I was pretty excited about the interview I posted so it’s great to know others enjoyed it too. Now go find that agent so you can start posting links to a podcast interview of your own soon!
AWESOME photo on your bio page! Where do you do standup/improv? I frequently go to L.A. for seminars and such…would love to catch your act sometime! 🙂 I’m trying to work things out here/budget my cash, etc., for a trip this summer sometime.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Great bio! I like bagels 2 🙂
Thank you for dtopping by. I love your bio. You have accomplished so much! Love improv! Everyone in this house does, hubby and oldest daughter are geniuses. Cheers!
I love your writing style. It’s really entertaining. Feel free to follow 🙂
Love your blog. Very funny stuff.
I am impressed by your fortitude and impressed by what you have so far achieved. Good luck in your ventures.
No like button for your bio…but hey..I liked it! Kudos!
Good stuff–especially like the the photo. 🙂
Thanks for the blog love. Can’t wait get to know your blog! (UC alum pride, Santa Cruz chapter, lol!)
Hi Ashley. What a fascinating bio.
I find your post very refreshing, it is wonderful to read something so light hearted in such a serious world. Woman With A Pen
Thanks for the support, I’m fairly new to the blogging world. Checked out your blog and it’s amazing. Anyways, see you around fellow blogger.
You are doing a great job, Ms. Jillian! Your expressive writing really shines. I especially like your piece about mediocre coffee. I look forward to reading more from you!
Hate to tell you this, but you’ve been tagged. If you’d like to play the game see http://ck-sdays.com/2012/03/28/tag-youre-it-no-tag-backs/ for details. YOU ARE WELCOME! 🙂
Good work Ashley, I think that it’s great that you can do so many serious things, and want to be funny on purpose.
Way to sparkle!!*
Hey Ashley, thanks for the like on my post, I like that you like it. Great blog you’ve got here! I frequently go to LA so will look you up if you’re doing any improv comedy.
We appear to share a liking for bagels, math, and improv.
Important question: cream cheese, butter, or jelly? On your bagels, I mean.
butter, but open-minded
Very glad to have discovered your blog. Aside from the mathematics and ballet (I’m a hopelessly uncoordinated and numerically-challenged non-athlete), we have similar interests. I went to Oberlin, which is kind of like a smaller, Eastern Berkeley. I also did considerable environmental PR for Oberlin College back in the day. I’m a bit older than you.
All this goes by way of saying that I’m happy to e-meet you, and look forward to getting to know your blog.
Look forward to reading your posts. I can see that I’ll relate to them! I may just be challenged, but it took me a minute to find your “follow” button. You should move it to the top of your page to make it easier for people to see and click. Just a suggestion 🙂
Awesome stuff. I will definitely be following!
Love the grumpy old men post! Hysterical. You’re writing is fast and smooth, a great combination. I love that you like math and writing–that’s an unusual skill!
You’re a great writer.
You probably have this “Award” already. I scanned down about a hundred comments then said screw it. It’s the Liebster Blog Award. It’s less about the award and more about me telling you I enjoy your blog.
You can read about it on my blog if you want.
Thanks! I don’t really do awards, but I very much appreciate the nod 🙂
No problem 🙂
Quirky. Yet minimal evidence of drug usage. 🙂
Now I’ve seen your site and I think it’s pretty damned good. So I’ll be back to read more…when I’m sober:-)
OK, so the AP style reference re website made me laugh out loud.
My stepson improvs at UCB. He loves it.
Love your blog! Witty, well writte, concise and intelligent. You’re amazing =)
omg no, you are. Thanks for being seriously sweet 🙂
Bagels are the shit..also the Internet is totally into BDSM, I imagine your dominating will be well received. 😀
Instead of getting ready to go work out, I have been sitting here drinking coffee and reading some of your posts. Avoidance is my middle name, but you are a treat to read.
Look forward to reading more…
You’ll have my vote for president, so much so young you know its comming if you’ll settle. Master of the universe may be more to your liking…..good luck
Hi Ashley, I have read some of your recent posts (I liked the ‘who let the doves out’ one) and I think you should get into either screenwriting, or write for TV sitcoms. Have you ever considered that? You should send some stuff out to ‘Saturday Night Live’ or ‘Mad TV’ and see what happens. I envision you as becoming like the next Tina Fey.
Just to let you know, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. The details are here: http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/the-versatile-blogger-award-ii-and-an-open-letter-to-mercury-retrograde/
All the best, EllaDee 🙂
Hi Jillian! I had to giggle at the photo because it reminds me of Rachel Zoe. Granted, a non-anorexic, brown-haired Rachel Zoe, but RZ nonetheless.
Oh, I ADORE bagels! My fridge doesn’t seem full until there are at least three packages of them. One goes in the regular fridge while two others hang out in the freezer waiting until their deliciousness is demanded.
Eek! I found a HUGE error. I called you Jillian when it should have been Ashley. I am so terribly sorry for the error. May I implore you to change the faux pas during moderation? Again, I am very, very sorry.
no big deal 😀
You sound awesome. I’m just sayin’…
d’awww more like awkward, but hey!
Hey lady! Thanks for the follow! Looking forward to following a fellow improviser! Wonder if UCB is any different on the west coast…
Hi! I nominated you for the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award. I was moved to do so because I am delighted whenever I see an email from you in my in-box. You can read about the award at http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/a-community-garden-and-abc-awards/ .
Accepting awards to enable you to nominate other worthy recipients isn’t for the faint hearted or time poor, so please accept if you choose and there’s no timeframe on responding, or obligation to do so if it’s not right for you.
Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blog Award; http://alterrnative.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/a-post-in-several-parts/
Your posts are always fascinating, and I figure this award seems appropriate. 🙂
Very smart, witty, and well put together blog Ashley. And entertaining. I’m glad you landed on my site so I could find yours. I love the happy accidents! Look forward to following you.
Thank ya, lady!
your welcome…Rhonda works for me! :O
Wow. I want to be in your generation.
Damn. You amaze! That is mucho for your age, ps: nuthin’ better than the UC system and you went to the supra-fab one. Signed UCSB! xxoo!
Sounds like you have had a fascinating life so far. Congrats!
Best part is I get to follow the “like” back here and read things that made me laugh until I peed myself. Now I pardon me while I go clean-up and run out for some Depends so I can keep reading…
I always wanted to do comedy. I tried writing sitcoms and sketch shows but never had any luck with them. I lacked the talent and the perseverance to see them through. I do write poetry though. And I would love to do comic verse or parody lyrics like Weird Al. Anyhow, good luck with all your endeavours.
Hi there! Read your latest post and it made me laugh! I appreciate comedy, but I only ever have sparks of humor. And it’s the kind where no one really seems to get what I find so funny. (and oh the looks I get for that!)
I too hope to rule my own corner of the Internet. I imagine there will be lost of sweets in that corner, and many a good book. Keep up the funny, I’ll be sure to swing by again for a laugh. 😀
Great site ! 😀
I like your sense of humor. I also like it that you are into ballet and blueberry bagels. I danced and taught ballet until I was 40. I’m 52 going on 53 now. Pirouettes make me dizzy these days. I always loved writing and blogging has helped a lot to fulfill this craving. Keep writing…
I like the style of your blog. Keep on. 😉
It’s great to find another aspiring writer here in the blogosphere! 🙂
I had a joyful ride in your blog and now I’d like to inivite you to visit mine.. 🙂
You seem like a real character…And you’ve got range, too. Math and comedy? And ballet, too. Not worthy, so i’m off to work harder 🙂
I like your humorous writing about humour, and writing. Thank you for introducing me to your blog. It looks like a fun read is ahead for me. I hope I can provide you with similar entertainment.
I enjoy apocalyptic literature but like to find the humor sometimes in real world events. I read quite a bit on your site. Interesting background and direction. Sounds a little eclectic like my own life.
Good luck with your writing and acting pursuits.
I’m impressed with your having started a ballet company. Why you ask? Because my daughter’s with a professional company. She’s danced with a couple of them in the last 10 years. Your accomplishment is not so teeny. Congrats! 🙂
Good luck with your work in improv. I loved my experience at Second City some years ago. … Be well, Dorothy 🙂
Just so you’ll know, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! http://goodoldgirl.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/its-not-nepotism/
I did it because your blog is not only creative, it’s wonderous!
PS: keep up the great writing!
From a total newbie of a writer, you’re blog is awesome 🙂 Like a Denzel Washington movie, or a White Chocolate Mocca. I’m a follower for life.
Senior (only) writer,
Looks like you have some interesting stuff happening and I’m sure I will learn a few writing tips from you which I know I soooooooo need!
p.s: I nominated you for an award. 🙂
Ashley – you have accomplished a lot already – good for you! Keep up the great work, and I look forward to reading more of your blogs.
I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: http://thejottersjoint.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/accepting-praise-recognition/.
Environmental economics? Very interesting.You may want to check out Gilbert Lafreniere. He is a former Enviromental Scirences professor at Willamette University. He wrote a fantastic book called the Decline of Nature.
Ashley, I have just nominated you for thte Versatile Blogger Award. Please link back to http://littleboxofbooks.wordpress.com to accept. Congratulations!
Hi, thought I’d pop over and see what you are up to. Wow – some really great writing here. I love the stories. I especially loved your Disney Land Bad Day. very funny.
Hey! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award.
It’s yours! And welcome to the winners circle. Check it out.
Brains! Beauty! Brilliance!
i hope you have a daily haiku moment! one that is special to you…
David in Maine USA
You’ve been tagged with the Lucky Seven Meme!
Read all abaaht it here: http://thereclininggentleman.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/lucky-seven/
Puberty wasn’t bad enough the first time, you gotta do it twice?
Just a brief note to let you know that I’ve put you up for a Liebster:
Thanks! So sweet 🙂
I have nominated you for One Lovely blog award. Here is the link…
This is just to let you know that I have nominated you for the beautiful blogger award. If you chose to participate, (I understand completely if you do not wish to), please pick the award and rules from here: http://wp.me/2ys6I
that’s a really cool about!
This page is delightful! And I like the idea of “humorists” over “comdedians,” any day (as well as living in the 1930s New Yorker! hee hee hee).
You go! 🙂
Thanks for the like Ashley. It’s exciting and encouraging to see such a good blog in action. I mean yours 😉
Great style, different to the rest. You’ve got the knack alright.
All the best for your shows,
Thanks for the sweet, sweet words. You comment definitely brought a big old grin to my face 🙂
Good, good. Have a top day.
Hi Ashley, Love it that you’re having fun with improv and writing, etc. I’ll be checking out your site often.
Always a pleasure to hear from a fellow comedian. Love your writing by the way! Keep it up. The world needs us now more than ever.
I’m enjoying reading your work and appreciate your strong voice. Keep writing, keep laughing, and most of all have fun. Carpe momentum!
That is a great shot of you gals with Abe.
Have a very internet and beachy sort of day, and may the tourists be few…
I covet the magnitude of your funniness, though it suits me better not to have anything comparable.
Funny stuff. Glad I stopped by.
I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring blogger award. All info on my blog (week 53.5) if you want to have a look.
Hey! I’ve tagged you in blog tag! http://jpmarshman.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/i-appear-to-be-it/
This page gets Sixpuns’ meaningless endorsement! Great site.
Nice Bio… & blog content..like it 🙂
Awesome “About” page. You had me at “souldick.”
what can i say that hasn’t been said?
Humorous chicks have to stay together. Like Kristen Wiig and Rebel Wilson. Okay it’s not exactly like that but you know what I mean…
…subscribing. i ❤ bagels.
Love the bio and pic! I’m definitely going to follow you, we artistic chicks have to stick together!
Awesome bio! I am so excited to read more! 🙂
Wow, a bona fide comedienne. I’m glad my ramblings entertained you.
I enjoyed your boredom post too, I like your writing style. Cheers.
We have things in common: Short Story Writing, blogging, and loving to be near the water!
I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award because you are very inspiring.
If you would like to participate, you are asked to:
Display the award logo.
Thank the person that nominated you and link back to them in your post.
State 7 interesting things about yourself.
Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.
S. Harry Zade, thenarrativeimperative.com
I like the layout of your blog (;
Nominated you for a blogging award! http://mignonpanache.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=339&action=edit
I LOVE your blog layout. Haven’t read anything yet, but I’m expecting a sense of fun and wonder. I adore how the balloons are set in the background to make it look like they’re floating upward. Most fun web design I think I’ve ever seen.
I look forward to following your journey to stardom.
You’ve been tagged! 🙂
Hi Ashley, I’m very pleased to have found your blog and it will be great to read more of your posts, I think you’re very interesting and funny. Look forward to speaking more, my best regards, James 🙂
Love your writing and your shows must be hilarious!
You have a quirky style of writing of your experiences. Continue to have fun with your blog!
Good day to you, just wanted to let you know I nominated you for an award in the shape of The Very Inspiring Blogger Award: http://hypersonic55.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
well now it sounds like you have and exciting life so far, eh? i look forward to more about it
I think I saw you on page 30 of that 1930s issue of The New Yorker. I’m on 63.
Nice to meet you and your blog. I enjoyed and will return.
Your blog has been nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award by the HewToons Editorial Board!
Visit http://hewtoons.com/awards/ for more information. (Please do not make inquiries of Mr. Walker. He is quite bitter that Keith Hodgesons named on the award given to HewToons.)
Dear Ashley Jillian,
I like your blog, and I’m going to subscribe. Have an excellent day!
Hey, thanks for popping by 🙂 love this btw. Brave gal you are. God good stand up is hard to get right and I have so much respect for that life on and off the stage. The hardest paths are the most risky and rewarding eh?
Thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. Best, Harold, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon and his brother Mr. Pen Pal.
Ha! I love your sense of humor! Thanks for stopping by my blog (my gravatar is attached to my other blog, the one you visited was artofavoidance (dot) wordpress (dot) com)! BTW, a few months ago I decided I wanted to do improv since it is one of my favorite things to watch. We’ll see how it goes… 🙂
do it! report back! just followed you 😀
I would love to report it back! I already met someone from a local improv group that will help me! It will probably need to wait until after this semester…but soon! 🙂 Thanks for the follow!
I really enjoyed reading some of your blog posts! I found myself scrolling to keep on reading more. =) Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to reading more of your posts! Your new kitty cat is so stinkin’ cute!
Ashley, I love your alternate universe choice of a New Yorker issue from the 1930s. Still the epic depression era with all its tragedy, but after the repeal of Prohibition which eased the pain with oblivion. A target rich comedy environment if ever there was one. I’m a Bible teacher which is a lot like standup without the alcohol/beverage service. It’s also a target rich environment for comedy.
I bet! Also, I bet you’re amazing! Welcome to my lil blog 😀
Great blog! Love it!
thank you! Reading yours right now! 😀
Flattered that you seemingly stumbled across my blog and left a like on your way out 😉 I shall look forward to receiving your posts in my inbox.
Comedy must require such courage. And improv would be my idea of a nightmare so for that alone, I felt I had to drop you this note. Kudos to you! Like your blog 🙂
I love your blogs! I tell everyone laughter is contagious and it’s definitely the B…E..S…T medicine! Yous so rock. Thanks For following me, you r my first. I will share your blog with all I can.
Keep making people laugh.
these feels so good! Let’s be friends!
I want my spectacles back!
I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
More about this nomination is at
awesome, thank you!
Well deserved 🙂 All the best for you and your blog!
Thanks for visiting my blog…. I thought I’d return the favour… Pretty awesome what you’ve got here. Don’t mind if I follow you… 🙂
Hilarious blog mamacita!
Thank you !!
I am kind of a nerd for feel good humor!
Ashley, I know you know we go way back, from pop by to following… (peep my talk up style lol) But I would love to have you apart of a micro project I am putting together. I already love your blog, (I actually envy your layout, it’s so rad for your content layout) even though I know the layout and can apply it myself, you are the queen of this layout. Any who, it’s pretty much a collab type duet poetry/comedy piece I wanted to write with you. I think it would be cool and also build our networking relationship. 🙂 Let me know if you may be interested. Also best of luck and awesomeness in 2014. You ROCK.:)
Not to put you under too much pressure or anything, I’m going to give you a chance : )
Apparently I have had a male puberty, then a trans puberty, then a menopause in mood only, and now I am just balding. Well I would email you about all this stuff and how you could help me, I think I may need some sort of hormonal calm. If I were doing the New Yorker, I guess I would try to pull of some sort of Norman Rockwell drawing. Cheers!
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