Gettin' to know joe

Joe Janes is an Emmy award-winning writer and teaches comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City and Columbia College. He has written for Jellyvision's "You Don't Know Jack" and SNL's "Weekend Update." He has published three books of his staged work: 365 Sketches50 Plays and Seven Deadly Plays.

His full-length plays include Metaluna and the Science of the Mind RevueA Hard Day's Journey Into Night, Our Christian Nation, The Incident, and Always Never. He is a regular contributor to the on-line magazine Literate Ape with his weekly satirical column The Minutes of Our Last Meeting.




Writing Samples


hammer of love

10-Minute Play about a mysterious international spy returning to his love after decades apart fighting to keep the world safe from his nemesis, The Crimson Marsupial. 


butterfly jar

10-Minute Play about finding the love of your life and not being able to keep her told through spoken word.


damen silos

10-MInute Play based on a true experience of finding someone's heart wrenching journal in the abandoned Damen Silos in Chicago.

pushing the envelope

Monologue - A very arrogant theater creator gushes about his latest project. His arrogance is only matched by his lack of talent.

Joe pretends like his Emmy is just a paperweight, but when you read and experience his work, you know you’re in the presence of one of the greats.
— Collaborator


the something blue mile

10-Minute Play about a death row convict's happiest and last day.



Would you like Joe to work on one of your shows?  Teach a workshop?  Give you some sage wisdom?  Email Joe directly.