John Rineman, head monologue writer for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” will perform his own standup Friday, Nov. 27 — the day after Thanksgiving — at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1. At age 32, Rineman has reached the apex for someone whose ambition is to make people laugh.

“Everyone here is so fun and cool, and I’m just kind of this weird, lame guy,” he said. “Sometimes, I wonder how I’ve lasted.”

His colleagues and fellow comics know the 2005 Emerson graduate, who has worked for Fallon for six years, is indeed dorky but he also is a skilled and prolific comedian. As relentlessly earnest as he may seem, Rineman can grind out dozens of gags a day, and a good percentage of them make it into Fallon’s monologue.

Rineman worked his way up the comedy ladder. After graduating from Emerson, he was a regular at Harvard Square’s Comedy Studio. He hung out in Boston, doing freelance monologue writing for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” contributing daily jokes about current events to the top-rated show in late-night television. Boston started noticing and published Rineman’s work in the Improper Bostonian’s annual humor edition.

After honing his craft for a few years as a writer and comedian, Rineman was hired to be a writer for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” which replaced Conan O’Brien’s “Late Night” show. In addition to being Fallon’s head writer and doing his own standup on the show, he appears regularly at all of the top New York City comedy clubs including Caroline’s on Broadway and StandUp NY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Kate Gholini, a Boston-based standup comic and writer, will open the evening. Her satirical comedy reflects America — where the personal and political are equal and, really, everyone is just trying to find a bedfellow, whether strange or simply a stranger. Gholini has been featured on Comedy Central’s, NBC/Universal’s “The Feast” and on “Rooftop.” She has been in the Boston Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival. As a writer, her work has been featured in The Washington Post and People Magazine.

Tickets are $16, available by calling 470-7066; at; or by stopping at the Camden Town Office weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or