Jack Thriller has come a long way since Soulja Boy''s 2007 hit "Crank That (Superman)". After years of being the face of This Is 50.com, the comedian has created a lane of his own during his rise from the stage of the Chris Tucker Comedy Club to our TV screens on Nick Cannon''s Wild ''N Out. A recent newlywed, host of The Sex Room and Party and Bullshit, Jack sat down with TCOHH to talk about marriage, his transition from This is 50 and his upcoming album, and podcast on Tidal.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in entertainment? I''ve been in the entertainment industry since I was 12 years old. I had been going to performing arts camps in Huntsville, Alabama and Montgomery, Alabama and I then joined a gospel play called "A Will to Survive" starring Fred Berry from the TV show "What''s Happening". He played the character Rerun. I then left there and came back to Atlanta, GA to pursue a career in comedy.
So, I started off at the Chris Tucker Comedy Club and there were a lot of greats and stuff - Bruce Bruce, Earthquake, of course Chris Tucker, Mike Epps. Everybody that''s big names now - Kat Williams. After that I started going on the road with Lil Duval, Roland Powell was his name at the time. I became his roommate, opening act, bodyguard, personal assistant.... anything that I had to do to just sponge up the game because he was already doing well.
This was like 2001 at the time and we use to shoot a bunch of skits. Matter fact we was the first ones doing skits before any of these other little YouTube sensations or Instagram sensations. We started all of that.
What comedians would you say inspired your comedic career? Richard Pryor. I love Richard Pryor as a comedic actor. I never really was into his standup like that. I really love Eddie Murphy. I seen "The Best of Eddie Murphy" when I was five years old. I''ll never forget it. I think I was in kindergarten at the time, and I understood everything that was going on. It was like 1986, ''87 and I was watching that shit and I was like "I think that''s what I am right there. I''m a comedian".
When I said I was gonna do this shit before I went to the Chris Tucker Comedy Club I went to go see the Kings of Comedy in 1998 or something like that. I went to 2 shows back to back. And one of the local DJs, named Ryan Cameron, opened up for them and I was like ''''Shit if Cameron can do this, I can do this''''. He was kind of funny, but he wasn''t like crazy funny. It wasn''t nuts, he made me feel like I could do it.
Now you know when a comedian is good and you respect him you''re like ''''Nah, I can''t do this shit''''. Like Dave Chappell or Chris Rock, he''ll make you say ''''I can''t do that shit'''' because it''s so great, it''s so groundbreaking, and when I say groundbreaking, it''s like you ain''t never heard none of this shit before. Jamie Foxx is like that too. And I think he''s dope because he''s an entertainer. He sings and he plays instruments and stuff and it takes you to a whole other place. It ain''t even like you watching a comedy show, it''s like you''re watching a concert.
A lot of people have been very vocal about the entertainment industry, especially in regards to hip-hop - some of it positive, some of it negative. What are your thoughts on the current state of not just hip-hop, but the entertainment industry in general? I think it''s in an interesting place right now because you ain''t even gotta be good no more. Your grand mama could blow up. Look at that girl what''s her name...? Mama Dee - and Jim Jones mama too. It can happen, like easily. Like you don''t have any choice not to make it in 2018. It ain''t no excuse for you saying niggas is hating and they ain''''t putting you on. The gatekeepers are gone, we are the gatekeepers now. It''s homeless people with Facebook, Instagram and the access to the internet and whatnot, and your life could change overnight. So, if you don''t at least take incentive to at least record yourself and post it up, you don''t deserve to make it.
So, I like it in that sense, but on the same token the curse of that is the people that produce quality stuff don''t get a chance to see the light of day sometimes people aren''t paying to go see them... The record sales are horrible. It''s a new kind of system that makes it hard to monetize it the way you use to be able to monetize the game. So, I think that''s where the conflict comes in at.
I don''t think the music today transcends. When I say that, I mean, I''m 35. In 15 years, I''ll be 50. I don''t think I''m gonna be listening to "Look at My Dab". I was at a cookout the other day with some old folks, I was like the youngest one there. I think the oldest person there was like 56. And they were listening to like Kendrick''s album and stuff. And Kendrick''s album is good, but I felt like they were trying to be young and shit. When I''m around older people I want to hear mature older music - 90''s at the least.