Today we’d like to introduce you to Clark Jones.
Clark, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was just knee high to a fly’s eye, my boy Will Miles decided to try stand-up. I offered to write some jokes for him as I was writing at the time. I came up with a few that didn’t really fit his narrative, so I tried them myself and its been comedy ever since. I owe a lot to that man and all my friends, family, and anybody who has come out to shows and whatever thing I’m working on. I then went out to New York, which is a must, almost like High School, you gotta take your lumps for the longevity.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
If you ain’t willing to sacrifice, you don’t really love it. Its been plenty of things I’ve missed and even have had my life on the line for this. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I mean, besides more po’ boy sandwiches and more time with my mom. She’s the strongest woman I know and I dedicate most of what I do to her, nobody has invested harder in your boy. I want to shout out all the diabetics out there too who gotta keep their diet right and push through no matter what. You got a friend in me.
Please tell us about Classic Black Dude.
I’m a high-brow humorist. One of the writers said If you can walk with kings and not lose the common touch, but I’m not really either, I’m the dude off to the side observing the royalty and the regular folks. I’m most proud of launching the classic Black Dude podcast because it started as a blog that someone I was dating said wouldn’t work. It’s off to a great start, and we’re in the 2020 Brooklyn Podcast Festival. I don’t punch down, I’m too busy talking about the crazy things in my own life.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I got to shout out my bros Will Miles and Kenny DeForest because they’ve seen me at my lowest and highest. No matter what happens in the future, thats just real shit. I got to shout out all the Black comedians that wanted to make jokes about musicals and taking ballet but couldn’t because it was the Def Jam era and had to switch it up. They walked so I could pun. Also, every comedian out of Chicago who started before me and laid that foundation.
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