Jackie Fabulous [Interview]

 

Hello Folks! I am beyond excited to share some words from your wonderful guest today here at Trainwreck’d Society. It’s Jackie Fabulous! Jackie is a new favorite comedian of mine, but is one who has been killing it on the stage for quite a while now. I was casually listening to our dear friend Amy Miller’s podcast, Who’s Your God?, as I do each and every week, and I came across this absolute gem of a person who is just so damn funny and seemed to have just a real warm spirit around themselves. And by the end of the podcast she had with Amy and Steve, I was hooked. And then, as it tends to happen, I found myself going down a rabbit hole on YouTube. A “Fabulous rabbit hole” if you will. Yeah, I went there. Not a comedian, Folks, but I can throw some goddamn gold out there every once in a while.

After spending an abundance of time watching and enjoying what I could find of Jackie’s, I decided I would absolutely LOVE to ask her a few questions and to have her wonderful aura grace our digital pages. So, I had to hit her up! And damn it all if she wasn’t kind enough to share some responses with us here today! So Folks, please enjoy some words with a woman who is so great, her namesake says it all, the incredible Jackie Fabulous!

 

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When did you first discover that you were a hilarious human being, and that you wanted to make people laugh for a living? I understand you worked in law prior to breaking out in the comedy world? What inspired this transition?

I was always the funny girl in school. Not the class clown just someone who rather make the class laugh then pay attention to the lessons being taught.I went to law school and worked in a lot of law firms. And then realized boredom was making me want to eat staples for lunch. I was not happy and hated being in a cubicle in an office so I tried a comedy class after work and decided that was the way to go because I was finally good at something.

As a touring comedian, you have been all across the country, in what appears to be every damn city in the country! I always like to hear from comedians who are willing to play anywhere, and find out where they have found great audiences in places that some may not expect? So with that, what are some cities that you have had some wonderful experiences working in that people may not expect to be a great place for comedy?

Comedians tend to make fun of remote or far away locations where there’s not much going on seemingly. But I have found that the less there is to do in a town or city the better audiences are because they look you up online they see the advertisement for shows at a club in their hometown and they plan on it and they all come out in droves. El Paso, Texas, people make fun of it but they come out to a show every time. To be honest, if it’s a town where there are not a lotta black people I do really well. People kind of want to see something different they get tired of just going to see another white male comic.

I’m going to be 100% honest with you here…I am a new fan of yours. I actually learned how hilarious you were by your appearance on a podcast that I never miss an episode to, co-hosted by our friend and past guest Amy Miller, known as Who’s Your God?. Your appearance on this podcast was actually what made me feel like I needed to be 100 with you, and let you know this. I’ve since dug into just about every video I can find of you doing stand up. But, I have not yet had the chance to see you live. So with that in mind, would you be able to give a quick idea of what a live Jackie Fabulous show might entail? What can new fans expect to experience during a Jackie Fabulous set?

The biggest compliment I have ever gotten is that I ama relatable. I talk about what happens to me I don’t make anything up. I don’t have that kind of brain. If something happened to me that was embarrassing or sad or life-affirming I usually can bring it to the stage that very time it happens. I don’t believe in getting embarrassed about lessons to learn in life. And women in particular gravitate towards me because they get to finally hear another woman talk about what it’s like to be a woman at any age. My shows are honest and when I’m done audiences usually knows who I am. My goal is when I’m done performing I need for the audiences to understand what they just saw and want to get to know me and feel a little bit better about the fact that usually what has happened to me has happened to them in some capacity. And they can laugh at it.

 

 

I understand that you have a new book coming out soon in what is being called the Find Your Fabulous series. Would you be able to elaborate on the upcoming project? What can we expect to find in the new book?

I am writing my next book. It is about how I realized my parents were wrong about absolutely everything they ever taught me about being black from an immigrant family, a woman and an attractive woman at that. It’s about me learning that the rules don’t make sense and you can make your own rules and that you don’t have to do what everybody else has done to get your goals accomplished. The book is about how my parents raised me to be scared of everything and not to take risks and for whatever reason I did not grow up believing that they’re way was the best way. This book is about re-educating myself and Re-educating anyone whose mother told them they should be afraid of everything because they are a woman.

One of my favorite things that I have noticed that you do in your work as both a comedian and as a public speaker, of which the two seem to go hand in hand for you, is that you are a person who firmly believes in the empowerment of women. And in your line of work, that is no small feat, and I commend and thank you. I’ve got 3 daughters, and I will be damned if they feel as though they are beneath anybody, let alone some idiot who thinks he runs shit because he has a reproductive organ dangling outside of his body. With that in mind, I am curious to know about your thoughts in your current job when it comes to the inclusion of women? Are things improving for women in comedy? Or has the recent spike in attention simply began to fade into oblivion, and things are beginning to fade into the same old sort of nonsense that was occurring before the Twitter outrage?

I think things are changing permanently for the better. I don’t think this is a phase or it will go away. Too many women are angry entertainers and normal people. And the people who have the power or are influencers or have a voice are forcing those who don’t to create a voice. I spent a lot of my time obsessed with men and dating and relationships and sex only because I was trying to fill a void. And now with the transition happening where women are no longer being sought after as sex toys or just baby  makers I don’t think things will go back to the way they used to be. The outrage is too great.

What does the future hold for you? Anything you would like to plug to our readers? 

On May 28 I auditioned for America’s got talent and it will be televised on NBC at 8 PM. That is the biggest thing I’ve done in my career so far and hopefully it will not be the last.

I want and expect to get my own talk show. There’s a need for a new generation of talk show hosts like me who are real and look like other women in the world who aren’t already mega rich. And that is definitely me LOL.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

I had a show last night in Vegas with a lot of women in the audience from Australia and they literally caused a stampede to get to me after the show to tell me that they were so happy to see a strong woman talk about real things and how much they are tired of men complaining about everything in  Comedy. I kissed them and hugged them all. Because they reminded me that money or no money, TV or no TV, I will never stop doing this.

 

Jackie is consistently on tour! Here are some dates you can find her at as of now, but be sure to check out her WEBSITE for future additions, as well as how to purchase tickets:

 

June 26th – 30th : Edmonton, Alberta, Canada @ Edmonton House of Comedy

July 3rd : Ontario, Canada @ Ontario Improv

July 7th : Los Angeles, CA @ Chocolate Sundaes at the Hollywood Laugh Factory

July 9th : Fairfield, IA @ Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

July 10th: Dubuque, IA @ Diamond Jo Casino

July 12th – 13th : Cedar Rapids, IA @ Penguin’s Comedy Club

July 14th – 17th : Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Atlantic City

July 18th : Ventura, CA @ Ventura Harbor

July 29th – August 4th : Las Vegas, NV @ Comedy Cellar Las Vegas

Aug 5th – 6th : Las Vegas, NV @ Women’s Leadership Conference

Aug 13th – 15th : Hermoas Beach, CA @ Comedy & Magic Club

Sep 4th – 8th : Bloomington, MN @ Minnesota House of Comedy

Sep 10th – 15th : Reno, NV @ Reno Laugh Factory

Sep 21st : Flagstaff, AZ @ Big Pine Festival

Oct 3rd – 5th : Calgary, Alberta, Canada @ Laugh Stop Calgary

Oct 9th – 13th : Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona House of Comedy

Jan 3rd – 4th, 2020: Washington D.C. @ D.C. Comedy Loft

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