Catching up with the Catholic convert, writer, talk radio host, and mom of six who recently added “stand-up comedian” to her resume...
Jennifer Fulwiler has been taking the Catholic world by storm since her conversion in the 2000s. Her books, Something Other Than God and One Beautiful Dream, are bestsellers, and she hosts a popular radio show on SiriusXM’s Catholic Channel—all while being a wife, mother, and homeschooler. Now she’s begun an exciting venture as a stand-up comedian.
It’s not exactly common to see moms performing stand-up, and just about unheard-of for a comedian to be a Catholic homeschooler with six kids. But Fulwiler would say that’s exactly the point.
“There is almost nobody in comedy who’s bringing this perspective as a woman with a larger than average family, or even as a woman who lives in the suburbs, has kids, and is a person of faith,” Fulwiler says. “Especially among female comics, that perspective is way under-represented, and I think there’s a place for that in the comedy world.”
What inspired Fulwiler to make the jump from writer and radio host to stand-up comedian? It turns out that the work she was already doing inspired her, so comedy seemed the natural next step.
“I realized in all the different work that I do, my speaking and writing and on my radio show, people said what they liked most was my humor,” she says. “I began to think about how I could do more of that. The purest form of humor is stand-up comedy, and when I looked into it, I liked it a lot.”