Comedian Jamie Kilstein got his start in comedy by dropping out of high school and living in his car, while doing sets at any venue in the country that would have him. Since then he's performed at The Montreal Comedy Festival, the Sydney Opera House, and now, on Conan's stage.
Making his television debut last night, Kilstein offered up five and a half minutes of the kind of rapid-fire, incisive and affably angry comedy that has earned him fans in fellow comics like Janeane Garafalo, Robin Williams and Paul Provenza (who included Kilstein in his book Satiristas: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians). Topics covered ranged from the importance of criticizing Obama, why wars should be fought one on one, and whether or not young women with more technology than clothes are really the reason muslims hate us.
The audience response was telling: beginning with a few nervous titters and then building throughout the set to several applause breaks. It's the same response we've seen Kilstein garner many times with unfamiliar audiences; at first they aren't sure what to think, but ultimately his intelligence and playful relentlessness win them over.
So congrats to Jamie Kilstein on a smart, brave set, and kudos to Conan for pushing the envelope on the kinds of comedians America gets to see.WATCH: