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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jason Jenkins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Jenkins.

Hi Jason, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I come from a pretty funny and witty family. I didn’t grow up with much, though, and I made people laugh to deflect attention from things I lacked i.e. nice clothes and such. I was always a fan of comedy but never thought I’d be a stand-up comedian.

I was a poet and got the idea to start stand-up at a poetry open mic. It was my first time performing in front of a crowd and I was nervous. I did what I would normally do in those situations and made people laugh. It came natural and felt good. People came up after and said they thought I was about to do comedy. A year later, I did it.

I started on a showcase thrown by Comedian Willie C here in St. Louis. For it to be my first time, I did a great job. I fell in love with it then. Laughs are addictive.

I’m now 8 years in and, of course, there have been ups and downs but the competitor in me keeps me going. My biggest non-comedic influence and motivation is my family. They’ve definitely kept me going.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The road has definitely not been smooth but I never thought it would be. I knew I would have to work hard to be great at this. One of the biggest struggles is dealing with not being booked how I feel I should be. Sometimes, I feel overlooked but I also know that what’s for me is for me. Knowing that keeps me level-headed. Another struggle is not receiving support from those close to me such as friends and family.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a stand-up comedian and content creator. I have some big accomplishments thus far. I was able to headline and sell out my hometown comedy club (Jukebox Comedy Club, Peoria, IL) for the first time in 2021. More recently, I showcased for Comedy Central’s New Kings & Queens of Comedy produced by Walter Latham in August 2022.

I feel like my energy on stage sets me apart from others. I’m able to create my own energy regardless of what’s going on in the room. Some of my peers consider me to be a comedian’s comedian. There are a lot of “younger” comedians that look to me for advice. It’s a role I embrace. I try to help anyone I can in comedy.

I also host an open mic every Thursday at JC Supper Club called “Somethin’ at the Supper Club”. It’s a free mic and all performers are welcome.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
While there is no one who can take creative credit, there are plenty that have helped me along the way through encouragement, support, advice, and even a shoulder. To name a few; first and foremost, my wife. She has always been my number 1 cheerleader and therapist. My family and best friends were also my biggest supporters. That helped give me the courage and mindset to keep going when times got tough.

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