Tara Jepsen is a writer, skateboarder, comic, and actor living in Los Angeles, California. How wonderful! Her novel, “Like a Dog,” was recently released on the Sister Spit imprint of City Lights Publishers!!! She has also been published by the Believer, xojane.com, and by the SF Weekly, among others. Tara toured and performed extensively with seminal queer cabaret Sister Spit from 1997 on. She co-hosted legendary San Francisco open mic K’vetsh with Kirk Read at a gay men’s bath house for over ten years.
Weirdly, the thing she put the least effort into has gotten the most attention of anything she’s ever done: this video about skateboarding by a bunch of rad ladies at Buzzfeed. Over 4.5 million views. It’s a weird time to be alive.
Tara and longtime collaborator Beth Lisick created, wrote and acted in original web series Rods and Cones, released by Jill Soloway and Rebecca Odes’s Wifey.tv September 2014. Rods and Cones was named one of Indiewire’s 25 Best Series/Creators of 2014. Tara has written and performed original sketch comedy with Lisick throughout the U.S. since 1999. They have appeared at Dixon Place in NYC, at San Francisco’s Sketchfest, at the UCB in Los Angeles, and myriad additional venues as themselves and as characters. She has a featured extra role in season two of Amazon’s Golden Globe-winning series Transparent. She studied improv and sketch at UCB, and has studied with story guru Joan Scheckel.
Tara appears in many short films, including artist Stanya Kahn‘s 2014 piece “Don’t Go Back to Sleep” (which showed at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery in Los Angeles), “Tick Tock for Ding Dongs” (2013, dir. Jed Bell), “Sinking State” (2011, dir. Frazer Bradshaw), and “Diving for Pearls” (dirs. Beth Lisick and Tara Jepsen). She appears in an as-yet-unnamed video project by artist Harry Dodge, to be released sometime in this lifetime. She has a small part in Jessie Kahnweiler’s web series, The Skinny. Which also stars the gorgeous Illeana Douglas, who said on-set, “One minute you’re working with Scorsese, the next minute you’re making a web series in Atwater Village.” What is she, amazing?
Tara appears in a couple music videos:
Tara has performed stand-up comedy at various small/indie venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
photo by Tammy Rae Carland