(photo courtesy of Jen Clark)

(photo courtesy of Jen Clark)

Somewhere, a woman brashly bursts from a large vagina. No, this isn’t the hospital, and you don’t have to worry about any mess… aside from some tissue paper and glitter, of course.

This is a peek at comedian Jen Clark’s show happening this Saturday at The PIT, appropriately titled Mein Künt. It’s a solo show that takes you on a journey through different stages of her life. It’s about growing up, it’s about queerness, but truth be told, it’s mostly about vaginas.

Jen is a true presence to behold, sporting a smile and a lively voice to make even mundane chatter seem thrilling. “I can do that cute and crass thing, but am also able to talk about serious things and be positive,” she says, with a grin. “Find a cool balance in it while also making fisting jokes.”

(photo courtesy of Jen Clark)

(photo: Kayla Galway)

“I always joked about my memoir being called Mein Kunt,” she tells me. “I talk with people about vaginas all the time, it’s so funny, people get really uncomfortable and I’m like, this is what I talk about every day!”

Hailing from humble New Hampshire, she traveled west to study film at San Francisco’s Academy of Art. “I was voted the class clown, life of the party. And I went to Catholic school, so I was always in trouble. I didn’t really know anything about film but was just like, I gotta get out of here. I knew I was gay, and it’s not like I was scared, but I just needed something new and fresh and that wasn’t in New Hampshire.”

Once she got there, Jen found she was more interested in being in front of the camera than being behind it. People began asking her to appear in their projects, she took an improv class elective, and she realized film may not be her calling after all. She then made her way to New York. After a brief stint as one of those people selling comedy tickets in Times Square (“It really toughened me up!”), she found a spot on one of The PIT’s house improv teams and started making comedic solo work.

She’s always been interested in topics dealing with the body and female sexuality, and hopes that Mein Künt will get more people feeling comfortable about it. “All vaginas are different. I want people to be more able to talk about them and be ok with talking about them. It’s ok to talk about periods and stuff. It’s not like I’m out on the corner [yelling] ‘Vag vag vag!’ and even if I was, that’d be okay too,” she says. “And it’s an ongoing process, I’m not saying I’m always comfortable [with it]. You have days where you think you’re 100% a god and the next day you’re like, why am I fucking here? My whole thing is let’s be crass, let’s talk about fisting, and for me [that’s] all about positivity.”

To further facilitate this conversation, Jen has created a sort of preshow reception she has dubbed a Vagina Social. There, folks can mix and mingle while sipping whiskey drinks, partaking in vagina trivia, eating topical treats, and maybe even getting gift bags. “I do so many shows it almost becomes an obligation for people to come,” she tells me, “So I was like, why not make it a fun thing?”

This is the third time she’s done this particular show, and each time she does it she keeps rewriting and adding new material, so she keeps the show, well, tight. For this installment, the full title of which is Mein Künt Cums Again, she has started working with a director and has implemented new components like the aforementioned Vagina Social.

(image courtesy of Jen Clark)

(image courtesy of Jen Clark)

The work’s not over yet: after our interview, she has to “finish the vagina today and make a time machine. I love making the crafts and stuff,” she says, “but it’s making hours and hours of crafts for 30 seconds of demolishing. But that’s the best part. Breaking things.” She tells me with joy about a time before a previous Mein Künt, where she gathered a bunch of her friends in The PIT’s green room and they all made crafts for her show while sipping mimosas and eating vagina cupcakes. “Like, that’s my actual dream, to make crafts and talk in air-conditioned rooms with ladies.”

This work can get demanding; she tells me that after doing big shows on a monthly basis for a while now, she’s going to slow down a little until the Fall. But being a little overwhelmed hasn’t stopped her refreshing optimism, like a smiling sea in a city full of cynics.

“I know everyone says it, but improv super-duper changed my life. Whenever I feel nervous or upset I’ll stand and tell myself ten things that are great about myself. I listen to a lot of motivational talks. I always say that I’m my favorite person in every room,” she says. “You feel so alone and so small sometimes. [But] any crazy shit you think you’re wrong for thinking, someone’s thought that before, and probably even weirder.”

Through all the happy, she’s still self-aware. “I just talk positivity quotes and vaginas and that’s my shtick, I guess,” she says. “And it keeps expanding.”

She takes a moment.

“Just like vaginas.”

Jen Clark’s ‘Mein Künt Cums Again’ is this Saturday, July 16, at The PIT’s Underground stage, 123 East 24th Street, Flatiron. 7:15pm. Tickets are $5. More info here.