Think about heading, by yourself, into an environment you had never even thought about before. This is what Andrew Jenks does on a weekly basis.
As a young documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks is interested in showing his generation what the world is really like. His series on MTV, World of Jenks, premiered this past September and was an instant hit. On his documentary series, he spends one week in extraordinary people’s lives. Some of the Jenks’ subjects were a homeless woman, a rapper, and a man living with autism, a NFL cheerleader, and a rising comedian.
Jenks’ college tour is now underway and he will be traveling to colleges all over the United States in hopes of spreading the word of his experiences and teaching his generation all that this world consists of. He will make his JMU debut on February 17th and will be speaking about how he got his start, what he’s been doing since then, and what he hopes to accomplish in the future.
On a past episode of World of Jenks, Andrew spent one week shadowing and recording a young comedian’s triumphs and pitfalls. He followed Dan St. Germain around documenting each gig he performed.
Jenks was with Germain before and after each show and really showed the world what these young comedians go through. His audience got to see that comedy isn’t always funny, and it takes actual work, rehearsal, and dedication. The viewers were mentally submerged into Germain’s world for an hour or so but had the opportunity to take so much more out of the viewing experience.
For once on TV it wasn’t about the sappy, good life story. The audience saw a man put his heart and soul into a career only to be told that he didn’t have what it takes to make it big in the comedy world.
On Thursday Feburary 17, 2011 Andrew Jenks will be appearing in JMU’s very own Wilson Hall. Tickets are available now at Warren Box office for $5 in advanced and $10 at the door, for students and the general public. Doors will open at 7pm and the event will start at 8pm. Come out to hear about Andrew Jenk’s amazing journey to show the world what’s actually happening outside their own front door.