James Jelin

James Jelin realized he loved performing during his Bar Mitzvah Torah portion and eventually discovered he could get even more laughs speaking in English.

James Jelin is a Hollywood-based improviser, actor, comedian, and drag queen. He is on house teams at three improv theaters in Los Angeles, including at UCB where he performs on Mondays with his Harold team Rumors and co-hosts their monthly Drag Lip Sync Competition. He has trained with teachers including Will Hines, Keisha Zollar, and SNL’s John Milhiser. You can catch him in USATV’s upcoming series Second Chances.

Before moving to LA, James was a teacher, Harold performer, and launchpad show director at WIT. On the side, he runs social media and fundraising programs for progressive political campaigns.

Childhood Nickname
Jams Jellies
Favorite Snack
Eggs over easy but you crack the yolk a TINY bit