Once called a “verbal Ghenghis Kahn…the red-haired lovechild of a crack-crazed Richard Pryor and Alex from A Clockwork Orange”, JAMIE DEWOLF is a slam poet, stand up comedian, teaching artist and filmmaker from Oakland, CA. After being banned from local open mics in his hometowns of Benicia and Vallejo for his raw subject matter, vaudevillian theatrics and dark humor, he created Tourettes Without Regrets in 1999 out of revenge, to showcase the cutting edge of undeground performance. Since then, the show has become the longest running freestyle battle and the largest slam on the West Coast. It was awarded the “Best of the Bay” by the SF Guardian and continues every first thursday of the month in Oakland, CA.
Since his first slam in 1999, DeWolf (formerly known as Jamie Kennedy) won his way onto seven slam teams every year he’s competed and has since become a National Poetry Slam Champion, the Oakland and Berkeley Grand Slam Champion, a YouthSpeaks Mentor, a featured performer on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and has performed and lead writing workshops at over 90 universities, high schools and juvies across the U.S, to Moscow, Russia and San Quentin Penitentiary. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes, UPN and NPR.
As a member of The Suicide Kings performance trio (with Geoff Trenchard and Rupert Estanislao), they’ve toured the country with acts as diverse as Sage Francis and The Dwarves and in 2006 were the recipients of the National Performance Network Creation Commission to write “In Spite of Everything”, described as ”a poignant, chilling knockout of a play…that beautifully incorporates their visceral verse into the brutal narrative to a school shooting.” The play premiered at the Hip Hop Theater Festival in 2007 and was chosen as one of the “top ten” plays of the year by East Bay Express the same year.
As the great grandson of the cult of Scientology’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, he remains a vocal critic of the cult on national radio, and was the host of the first anti-Scientology summit in Clearwater, Florida, widely considered to be the “Mecca” for the Church.
As a film-maker, he’s the writer and director of the shorts Safe, Chasing Charlamagne, Hickman Homes: Certified Beasts, and is currently finishing Ricochet in Reverse, a short invoking Columbine going backwards, and his full length feature film SMOKED, a dark comedy crime caper revolving around a cannabis club robbery starring the Suicide Kings, made in conjunction with M.O.S.S Productions. He’s finishing an album and has begun work on his next two screenplays. He lives in Oakland, CA.
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