By SABRINA GREGORY, Staff Writer
What’s the difference between a microwave and a raccoon? ….A lot!
How much does a polar bear weigh? ….Enough to break the ice!
It’s safe to say that my jokes suck ass, but that’s why I’m a journalist, and I write stories on people whose jokes don’t suck. Maybe all of that just made you laugh…no, OK (awkward silence).
Looking for an actual real laugh? Coming to the Magic Bag on their Hennessy & Tickles tour this Sunday, Sept. 22 are Jak Knight and Langston Kerman.
Knight is an LA-based stand-up comedian, writer and actor. In 2014, Comedy Central named him Comedy Central Comic to Watch and a 2015 New Face at the Montreal JFL Festival. Kerman was honored as a new face at the 2015 Just For Laughs Festival last summer in Montreal and was part of Chris Rock’s writing staff for the 2016 Oscars.
Knight has always been looked at as a comedian. In high school people always saw him as the class clown.
“My home girl said, bet you won’t be funny on stage.” Having a bet that he couldn’t turn down, Knight went to an open mic night in his hometown, Seattle. “I bombed so hard but I thought if this is as bad as it gets, I know I can do better in LA,” said Knight.
“And he’s never been to Seattle since,” jokingly added Kerman.
“I remember the first open mic I did and not telling anybody because I wasn’t sure I was going to be good at it. I wanted to try it and not be embarrassed…and I did just well enough for me to think, oh maybe I could try this again,” said Kerman.
As I talked with both of the guys about their comic careers, I couldn’t help but notice the different approaches they take in comedy. They both in general, are naturally funny, but Kerman likes to take all situations of life and manipulate them into humor; something that everyone can relate to, and you laugh your ass off because you know it’s true! On the other hand, Knight says, “I just keep saying shit.” As vague as that sounds, it’s true. Talking with Knight, he says whatever comes to mind, but it’s always hilarious.
Being a comedian isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.
“Not getting laughs isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you, I’ve been booed off stage. That’s way more painful,” said Kerman.
“Yeah, I’ve been booed off stage before too…I’m assuming Langston handled his better and probably said, well I’ll do better next time. I threatened to fight people,” laughed Knight. “Not everyone is going to like your jokes. If you’re not challenging yourself to do better and make better jokes, then they’re probably right about you,” he added.
Both Knight and Kerman are very passionate about what they do as comedians. Every day they work at writing their own material and push the envelope as comedians. General tickets are $20 in advance or $30 the day of the show for the 18 and up performance. Doors open at 8 p.m. Visit www.aeglive.com for more information, and don’t miss out on a hilarious show.