Clark Jones is a brave man. Not only does he admit to going through a “Creed phase,” but he called Scott Stapp “the greatest frontman of all time.” Further (!!), Clark Jones admits to shopping at Forever 21, which he calls “Rainbow for black dudes who’ve got their shit together,” referring to the Fulton Avenue staple. This is a special kind of bravery.
He also told a story on stage about going home to have dinner with his dad (“I know, I know, black comedians are always talking about how much they love their father. Such a cliché!”) and finding another young man there—it turned out his father was mentoring him. “I’m a 32 year old stand up comedian with four to six roommates,” he said. “I’m not saying my dad did a bad job raising me, I just don’t know if he’s ready for new projects.”
When was the first time you remember making someone laugh? What happened?
Playing the Big Bad Wolf in pre-school started all of this comedy stuff. I had a bow tie, one line, and riffed out the rest of it. #foreshadowing
What is toughest part about being on the comedy scene in Brooklyn today? What is the best?
The M train situation is always my biggest obstacle—stakes are too high if you miss the Essex stop. I’ve ended up in Manhattan too many nights. The best part are the challenges of entertaining a melting pot; you can’t assume who’s in the audience.
Who do you find funny?
My brother, Marcus, is the funniest person I know. Sheng Wang always makes me laugh, and Pat Brown.
What was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
I’m still laughing at the Katt Williams video.
What are your goals for your comedy career?
What is your favorite knock-knock or otherwise favorite joke?
Saying “beer can” in an American accent is the same as saying “bacon” with a Jamaican accent.
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Photo by Nicolas Maloof.