Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Jabbour.
Jake, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Meat started the way all the creative endeavours in my life have started – as a reaction to a form of rejection. This was the fifth or maybe sixth time I’d tried out to be on a Harold team at the UCB theatre. The Harold team is UCB’s flagship form and show, and I had been auditioning to get on one for six years. When I didn’t get on, Josh suggested we start our own podcast. Josh and I had become friends after he was my coach. Josh was a hero of mine, a Harold team member and my improv coach. We started hanging out because he saw a sticker on my fridge from a company he had worked on, and because he said I was funny and had a good work ethic. After directing my sketch show, he asked me to be on his indie team Puddy, and a few years later he suggested we start the Meat. I wouldn’t have any of the things in comedy I’m most proud of without him. I love Josh.
Josh sounds amazing. Has it been a smooth road to get to where you are today?
It’s been pretty smooth all things considered. Josh put in the lion’s share of the work editing and giving a structure to the podcast, and then he showed me how to do it. Guests were fairly easy to get, and the improv was always fun. We’ve had some small technical difficulties and some transportation and lodging snafus when we went on tour, but all in all, the struggles with the actual podcast have been minimal.
Please tell us more about The Meat. What do you do? What do you specialize in? What sets you apart from competition?
We invite comedians on to tell true, meaty stories from their lives and then we do long-form improvised comedic scenes inspired by those stories. I think we’re known for not taking ourselves too seriously, giggling a lot, going blue, and having the great fortune of talented folks coming on and sharing some truly incredible stories. I’m most proud of our final product and how I think it sets us apart. It’s uniquely our style. We don’t have to conform to anything or polish it for a broader audience. We make what we think is funny and put it out there and the response has been so warm and positive. I’m most proud of making Josh laugh.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
In improv, I see the industry tapering off. I think we reached the height of it, and it will be folded into the umbrella of comedy alongside sketch and stand-up. As for podcasting, I think podcasting will continue to grow outward but not upward. I think there will continue to be more, but the popularity of individual ones won’t continue to grow. And I think that’s a good thing. I once heard, on a podcast ironically, that it’s better to have ten people love you than 100 people like you. I think the specificity and individuality that is coming out of podcasting is great. The whole industry has made it very easy for anyone to celebrate their very niche interests. I think that’s pretty cool, and I’m grateful to have the tiniest sliver of the pie out there.
- Website: www.weimprov.net
- Phone: 3038810467
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: wakeupwithjacob
Farley Elliott, Jake Jabbour