Jen Kirkman

Jen Kirkman is a TV writer, actress, podcaster, stand-up comedian, and best-selling author. She has two critically acclaimed comedy specials on Netflix: “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” and “Just Keep Livin’?”  Jen hosts a solo comedy podcast, No Fun: The Jen Kirkman Podcast that’s now in it’s tenth season. She had an eight-year run as a cast member of, and writer on, Chelsea Lately. Jen has also written two New York Times bestselling books.

Jen Kirkman on Gen Jones:
Jen has publicly brought up Generation Jones multiple times. For example, in September 2022, she tweeted to her over 300,000 Twitter followers: “Generation Jones is such a thing. I’ll also add – most of the punk or alt music Gen-X loved was created by Gen Jones.” On September 8, 2022, Jen included a segment about Gen Jones on her popular No Fun: the Jen Kirkman Podcast.

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John Hodgman

John Hodgman is an American author, actor, and humorist. He has written five New York Times bestselling books. He was a popular on-air contributor to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  He is also well-known for his personification of a PC vs. Justin Long’s personification of a Mac on Apple’s iconic “Get a Mac” TV ads. He has appeared as an actor in recurring roles on comedy series on HBO and Cinemax.

John Hodgman on Gen Jones:
John writes a weekly humor column in The New York Times Magazine called “Judge John Hodgman” in which he settles real disputes in a funny fictional courtroom setting. On June 20, 2021, “Judge John” chose to answer this reader question in the NYT Mag:

“My teenager Heath calls me a “boomer.” While I accept that all teenagers despise their parents, I object to the label; I was born in 1963. I grew up with stagflation, Devo and AIDS. Please order Heath to refer to my generation by its correct, dismal name: “Generation Jones.””

“Judge John”’s answer: “I’d never heard of “Generation Jones” before, because I have no interest in you, Grandpa. I was born in 1971! I am still young and cool, like AOL and the dismantling of welfare in the name of political triangulation! How could I know there was this new term to describe your tiny, 1954-65 economy-plus section on this sad flight to oblivion we both share? But OK, Joneser. I’ll order your teen to call you by your name. I’m sure Heath will be moved by the opinion of this 50-year-old man once you clip this print magazine article and fax it to them.”

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Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch is a popular American author, comedic actress, columnist and television host. She was the longtime host of Dinner & a Movie on TBS. Her acting credits include: Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Boston Legal, Miami Vice, and Dexter. She frequently appears on NPR and was a regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. She’s written five bestselling books, and essays in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. She’s been profiled by many media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Annabelle Gurwitch on Gen Jones:
She discussed her Gen Jones identity in-between Boomers and Xers with Bill Maher on Real Time in 2021. She wrote that night on social media: “…We ‘tweeners have a name!  For more stories from Generation Jones about waging resistance to retail therapy & Big Wellness “Erma Bombeck meets Dorothy Parker in this topical & laugh-out-loud funny take on our modern malaise.”

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Teresa Roberts Logan

Brief Bio

Teresa Roberts Logan (aka “The Laughing Redhead”) is a widely-admired stand-up comic and cartoonist. She has appeared as a stand-up comic many times on national TV, including on HBO’s Comic Relief and A&E’s Evening at the Improv, and has shared the stand-up stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Drew Carey, and Dana Carvey. She is also a respected cartoonist, who has been honored multiple times by by the National Cartoonists Society. She has drawn many popular cartoons over her career, and has developed an A-List celebrity fan base (e.g. Whoopi Goldberg) who collect her cartoons as art.

Teresa Roberts Logan on Gen Jones:
Teresa is a proud member of Generation Jones, and has spoken publicly about Gen Jones in different contexts. For example, in August 2020, she wrote her inimitable comedic style: “Yep. Generation Jones here. And I mean, hello, the freakin’ 80s :)”

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Nora Lynch

Nora Lynch is a popular stand-up comic and comedy writer. She has appeared on-air as a stand-up comic many times on national TV, on shows including: VH1’s Standup Spotlight, A&E’s Comedy on the Road, VH1’s Fools for Love, MTV’s Standup Spotlight and HBO’s Ladies of the Night. She  has written for all the major U.S. broadcast networks – ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX – as well as major cable networks. Some of the TV shows she has written for are: Caroline in the City, Union Square,  Something’s Gotta Give, Strip Mall,  Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Life’s Work, and Viva Las Vegas.

Nora Lynch on Gen Jones:
Nora identifies with her membership in Generation Jones, and has brought up Gen Jones publicly in several different contexts. For example, in August 2020, she wrote: “This Generation Jones is what I identify with, myself. I always felt more cultural affinity to X than BB – even though my birth year is considered BB.” and in February 2021, she wrote: “I’m the opposite. Technically, I’m a boomer. But… Generation Jones, here.”

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Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon has written several bestselling and critically-acclaimed novels, including: Wonder Boys (made into a popular film starring Michael Douglas, Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr.) and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction). His success captapulted Chabon to literary celebrity, and offers to appear in a Gap ad and to be featured as one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” Michael’s is known for his thinking-outside-the-box approach. In addition to other novels like The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Chabon has published screenplays, children’s books, comics, and newspaper serials.

Michael Chabon on Gen Jones:
Born in 1963, Chabon rejects the traditional Baby Boom definition, and instead identifies as Gen Jones, an identity which he has publicly said he “loves”. He wrote in October 2021: “No child who eagerly cut the cardboard 45 of “I Want You Back” off the back of a box of Alpha Bits cereal, and then ate the cereal while watching Lidsville, can usefully be accounted a member of the Baby Boom generation.”

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Julia Spencer-Fleming

Julia Spencer-Fleming is an acclaimed American novelist of mystery fiction. Her bestselling books feature Clare Fergusson, a retired helicopter pilot turned Episcopal priest and Russ Van Alstyne, a police chief. They are set in a fictional town in upstate New York. Julia has earned major respect from her fellow writers and the public, which has translated into her winning an extraordinary number of prestigious awards for her writing. She has won the Agatha Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Awards, Dilys Award, Barry Award (for crime novels), the Nero Award, and Gumshoe Awards.

Julia Spencer-Fleming on Gen Jones:
Born in 1961, Julia enthusiastically embraced her membership in Generation Jones when she heard about it in early 2023. In fact, she wrote in February 2023: “Gonna start calling myself The Gen Jones Julia.”

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Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is a bestselling American suspense novelist. The Washington Post calls him “one of the best thriller writers in the business.”  His novels have been described as “compulsively readable” by The Chicago Sun Times, and “extremely compelling” by the Associated Press. He is published in numerous languages and has been a bestseller in the US, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Australia, Portugal, among other countries. Jeff’s novel Adrenaline was a Summer Great Reads choice by both The Today Show and Good Morning America. His novel Inside Man was a Summer Book Pick by O, The Oprah Magazine, and a Best Beach Reads pick by USA Today. His novels Adrenaline, Panic, and Collision have been optioned for film and are in script development.

Jeff Abbott on Gen Jones:
Born in 1963, Jeff has never related to the Baby Boom Generation which he supposedly was a member of. As he wrote in March 2023: “I’m at the very end of boomer (I’ve heard it called Generation Jones) but don’t feel like I have nearly as much in common with Boomers born right after the war.”

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Lisa Brackmann

Lisa Brackmann is an internationally-popular novelist. She is the New York Times best-selling author of the Ellie McEnroe novels set in China and the thrillers Getaway and Go-Between. Her novels have won numerous prestigious award and honors. Her work has also appeared in many major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Travel+Leisure, Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books and CNET, and she has given many well-received presentations of her work for prominent organizations.

Lisa Brackmann on Gen Jones:
Lisa strongly identifies with Generation Jones, and has publicly discussed Gen Jones, and her connection with it. Reflecting the strength of her bond to Generation Jones, in May 2023, she exclaimed: “I am so Gen Jones!”

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Ann Cusack

Ann Cusack is an actress who has appeared in over 25 major feature films, including Clint Eastwoods’s Sully with Tom Hanks, and The Informant with Matt Damon. Among her most memorable roles was Shirley Baker in A League of Their Own with Geena Davis. She is one of the three Cusack acting siblings, along with her brother John Cusack (Say Anything) and Joan Cusack (Working Girl), and has appeared with John and Joan in America’s Sweethearts and Grosse Pointe Blank, and Clint Eastwood’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She has also appeared on many network TV shows, including Better Call Saul, Grey’s Anatomy and Ally McBeal. Ann is also an accomplished singer, and has performed to packed houses at top venues in New York and Los Angeles.

Ann Cusack on Gen Jones:
Born in 1961, Ann so strongly identities as part of Gen Jones between Boomers and Xers that she decided to call her band Ann Cusack & The Generation Jones Band. The band debuted in 2023 to rave reviews.

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