Sam Killermann is a half-comedian, one-hundred-percent-metro social justice advocate (read why) who travels the country talking to students and writing articles about snap judgments, identity, and oppression. But in a totally funny way.
Sam loves and appreciates all people, and hopes to someday live in a world where everyone shares those views and we all stop being jerks. He uses humor as a social lubricant (not in a gross way) to ease people while confronting difficult issues, drawing on his master’s education in college student development from Bowling Green and his eight years of experience as a working stand up comedian for guidance.
Sam Killermann is a dedicated ally and advocate for social justice. Ultimately, Sam would prefer shows and websites like “It’s Pronounced Metrosexual” to become unnecessary and irrelevant, even at the cost of his dream job. Unfortunately, we have a long way to go before he has to worry about that.
Check out Sam’s most recent TEDx Talk, “Understanding the Complexities of Gender” for a taste of how he social justice comedes:
How’d he end up doing this?
There is no college major to end up being a “social justice comedian,” as many of his peers have labeled him. But believe it or not, he draws deeply from his education when writing and performing.
I use my education (both undergrad from Purdue and master’s from Bowling Green) more than I ever thought I would. Sociology + Student Development + Social Justice (I took a lot of multicultural/SJ electives at both schools) = It’s Pronounced Metrosexual. The only two influences I needed that were unrelated were stand up and theatre, both of which I got started on while I was at Purdue. The hardest thing was to overcome the feeling that I was disappointing people I cared about by not taking the traditional post-grad route with my work. Luckily, I had a good excuse (there weren’t many jobs available when I graduated), so I was nudged to take a blind leap into this life.
You can hear him talk more about his career, and his thoughts on careers and life and dreams in general, in his TED talk “The Cost of Dreams.”
More than just metro.
While It’s Pronounced Metrosexual is Sam Killermann’s main passion, he dabbles in a lot of things. You could call him a “Jack of all Trades,” but he prefers the term “Renaissance Sam.” He also likes the phrase “making rent.” He photographs, designs, develops code, paints, draws, and writes from third-person perspective to enhance SEO (like he is now!), and those are just the things he gets paid to do. If you’d like to read more about that, check out his personal homepage, Samuel Killermann, Person for Hire.
He loves living in Austin, TX, a city that has a perfect mix of progressive thinking, weird (but awesome) people, and unfreezing winters. He spends his days dreaming up ideas, working on one of his dozen projects, or coming up with silly little jokes to perform on stage. He super enjoys spending time with his partner, who has no problem checking him and helping to keep him sane. Well, sane-ish.
Always up for a thoughtful conversation.
If you are the kind of person who can’t get enough of thought-provoking, deep, this-stuff-actually-matters kind of conversations, you should get in touch. Sam loves meeting new people, particularly interesting people with distinct points of view. Particularly when they are excited to share them.
If you want to get in touch with Sam personally to talk about something you read on the site here, a project he is working on, or to provide him a slice of your life, don’t hesitate:
- Email: samuelkillermann [at] gmail [dawt] com
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/killermann
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/killermann