Tara Jepsen is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles, California. She and 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. 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.
Tara appears in several short films, including artist Stanya Kahn‘s new piece “Don’t Go Back to Sleep” (currently showing 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 late 2014. As if this paragraph wasn’t already boring enough, it seems crucial to add that she’s playing a role in Kara Herold’s feature 39 1/2, currently in production. She’s also made the ethically dubious choice to play a crazy homeless drunk lady (basing the performance on a family member) in Jessie Kahnweiler’s new web series, The Skinny.
She has been published by the Believer, xojane.com, and by the SF Weekly, among others. Tara has toured and performed extensively with seminal queer cabaret Sister Spit since 1997. She co-hosted legendary San Francisco open mic K’vetsh at a gay men’s bath house for over ten years.
Tara has performed stand-up comedy at various small/indie venues in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
photo by Tammy Rae Carland