Backstage with the men of “Thunder From Down Under”

Last Saturday, Sarah Vargo of Maven invited me to a sneak peek of the best-selling male review show, Thunder from Down Under.  The performers were handsome, professional and RIPPED!  Maven is hosting a show on Friday, June 25.

The SAUCE: Being HAPPY with Snow Days and Auto Shows!

The SAUCE: Being HAPPY with Snow Days and Auto Shows! from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.


Stand Up Against Cancer Benefiting Imerman Angels

JenChicago, NBC Chicago Street Team

There’s something funny going on in River North on Tuesday, October 20th. Sarah Vargo of Maven and Fred Farris of Key Management have teamed up with The Joynt to host Stand Up Against Cancer which benefits local charity Imerman Angels. The party and the awareness are going down at 650 N. Dearborn (@ Erie) and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate all the good things that are happening under Johnny Imerman’s inspiration!

The show starts at 6:30 and features a laundry list of talented comedians along with headliner Kira Soltanovich, from Girls Behaving Badly and The Phony Phone Booth on The Jay Leno Show. Have you seen this bit? It’s hilarious! What WON’T people do for a free picture?!?! You can find the clips here or check it out in this week’s edition of The SAUCE, hosted by Yours Truly, below. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door with limited seating.


**Hugs and Kisses from!

The Sauce: Mug shots, Marriage and Mischief! Oh my!

Here’s is the reason I stayed up until 9 am this morning. Every week I think of something new to add and the learning curve slows me down. This week, I spent a lot of time writing out the entire script beforehand, shooting and the laborious process of editing. (I even ended up leaving a few segments on the cutting room floor. I guess that’s just how it goes, but it is some times difficult for me to edit things out that I know I worked hard at creating it all… but in the end, I believe that no act of creation is ever without value and the effort is never lost… even if not else ever sees it.

In any case, this is the best that I can do with what I have at this point in my life. I am happy know ing that… and yet… no artist is ever pleased. I keep asking for suggestions, but I don’t get them very often… Which may be a good thing since my skin may not be as think as it should be.

So in the words of Erykah Badu… “Keep in mind that I am an artist… and I’m sensitive about my sh*t.”

PS: Here is the script for the video for the hearing impaired.

YTC’s Cinco del Soul Party!

JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

The fun never stops in Chicago and this past Cinco de Mayo was another full night of fun! Youth Technology Corps is a local non-profit that came from extremely simple beginnings. Founder Dave Finkel gave some computers to some inner-city Chicago teens, who then figured out how to refurbish them on their own! This program now has the original teens doing outreach and being mentors in other countries like Mexico, thus the tie in with Cinco Del Soul.

As you can see, the event was skillfully executed with me as the host emcee for the night! Special thanks to Katie Bormaster, who invited me to participate and planned the entire event, including the video production! That girl called in a lot of favors with her very talented friends!

To find out more about YTC or to donate, click here.

PS: Can you hear me losing my voice?

YTC’s Cinco del Soul Party! from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.

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Fun things that come in the mail!

Before heading out to enjoy this gorgeous Chicago day, I went to check the mail. Fun things come in the mail. I have a note card reminder to send people nice cards in the mail. We all like it. Today, I got some fun marketing tools and reading material. I love the nerdy side of me.

Also, check out the scavenger hunt that takes place online and in sweet home Chicago! And if you want to see me walk the runway and support a worthy cause, get tickets to next Friday’s event!


The ChiGuide Launch Party!

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The just had its launch party at Landmark on March 26, 2008. This new online publication holds a special place in my heart being a contributor myself. We tip off locals and visitors alike with the coolest and best of Chicago food, music, dining, nightlife, arts & culture and sports.

From one Chicagoan to another… Welcome to the world,

ChiGuide Launch Party v3 from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.

We just… Keep On Sharing the Love!

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When Sarah sent me the email asking if I would participate in Maven‘s Date Auction I hesitated only for a moment before deciding… OF COURSE!  After all, everybody knows that date auctions are fun… right?  And since I AM a Funologist, it just stands to reason that this event is RIGHT up my alley!  It was a charity event to boot and I had a great chat with Tim about The Keep On Keeping On Foundation at one of my favorite spots downtown, Martini Park!

Though I didn’t get a chance to talk to all of the bachelors and bachelorettes at the auction, I DID get some fantastic interviews!  Sarah did a great job of picking good-looking people with good hearts to get up on the auction block and I chatted it up with quite a few!  Cuties!  All of them!  One of the things that I really like about this video is that I got a chance to talk to people about their hearts… and, of course, laughing all the way! 

And THAT is the kinda show I wanna watch!

PS:  Thank you Sarah.  It was so much fun and I am honored you thought of me!

We Just Keep On… Sharing The Love! from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.

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Share the Love! Buy a date this Wednesday!

Buy a date on February 11th! from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.

From the website:

Maven Presents “Share the Love” Date Auction

Sponsored by

Featuring Chicago’s Most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes!

VIP cocktail reception and passed appetizers 6:30-7:30pm

Auction starts at 8pm!

Tickets $20 in advance and can be purchased at

Emcees Marcus Riley from NBC 5 Street Team and 24/7 Chicago and Liz Crokin from the RedEye and!


JenChicago from and NBC Chicago Street Team and the new ChiGuide
Jessica Zweig from
Erica Bethe Levin from
Jen Dombroski from
Laura Moreno
Itika Oldwine from NBC 5 Street Team and Ford Models
Molly Dapier from Birdsong 3:

John Abels from National Restaurant Association
Jon Ibrahim from NBC Chicago Street Team
Mookie Lee from Survivor: Fiji and Active Chicago
James Rhine from Big Brother
Cameron Croft from
Sadiq Samani from
Vincent Anzalone
Lonnie Rodriguez

Auction dates to benefit Keep On Keeping On Foundation! Check out

Metamorphosis Event at Martini Park!

JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

GO Green Management and Maven hosted their business networking event on Wednesday January 21st at Martini Park. Metamorphosis is Go Green’s first event of the year, celebrating change and new life in 2009.

There were many sponsor booths like T-mobile, Green Exchange, MeGoGreen, and Prairie Organic Vodka. The event consisted of networking, a hosted reception, raffle and even a dance performance!

Metamorphosis Event from Jen Knoedl on Vimeo.

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