Al Jackson

Comedian Al Jackson brings his unique brand of comic paternalism to Houston’s Joke Joint Comedy Showcase. Jackson, a former middle school teacher, began his life in entertainment performing weekly at open-mike nights in Miami. Two years later, he made the leap to New York City to pursue humor full-time. Since then, Jackson has accrued quite the résumé, gigs that include hosting BBC’s Officially Amazing, writing for TruTV’s Upload with Shaquille O’Neal, and guest spots on two seasons of NBC’s perennially canceled Last Comic Standing.

For those new to Jackson’s style, he describes himself as “edgy, hard-nosed with a laid-back swagger and a giant smile.” Audiences are sure to relate to his current life spent raising two small children and his experiences teaching seventh-graders. Jackson recalls a day when he was teaching sex-ed: “I read this one anonymous question. This girl, she must not have understood how men were built. So she was like, ‘When a man sits down to use the restroom, how do we keep our unit from going down and clogging the toilet?” Jackson laughs at the memory. “If I could answer that…I wouldn’t be teaching middle school!”

8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11460 Fuqua. For information, call 281-481-1188 or visit jokejointcomedyshowcase.com. $16.
Thu., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.; Feb. 7-8, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2014

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Vic covers the comedy scene, in Houston and beyond. When not writing articles, he's working on his scripts, editing a podcast, doing some funny make-em-ups or preaching the good word of supporting education in the arts.
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