Nate Jackson Q&A
Posted on April 30, 2017
Growing up in Lacey Washington with parents from the South, Nate Jackson’s upbringing wasn’t typical. From the food to pledging in a predominantly African American fraternity, Jackson credits his strong work ethic and determination to the way he was raised. Jackson graduated from Eastern Washington University, is a Bay Area Black Comedy Competition winner and a former cast member of Nick Cannon’s Wild’n Out. Usually the funny man on stage, Puget Sound Professionals had the opportunity to talk with Jackson about what’s life like off stage, embarrassing moments and future plans.
Hometown: Lacey Washington
Current home: North Hollywood California
PSP: Thanks for agreeing to do this interview. Let’s start with what’s a typical day like for you?
JACKSON: Everyday’s like a Saturday, I don’t have to work. Unless I have a flight, I get up when I want, maybe I’ll expose myself to news, see if something funny comes up, I might wright, shoot a skit, eat, do an audition and then a show at night.
PSP: When you started off in comedy did you have to work odd jobs to pay the bills?
JACKSON: I didn’t have odd jobs, my last job was Wells Fargo Financial and it was a day job. Comedey is one of those industries that’s survival of the fittest so you have to jump through the hoops of the people who are already in the industry- the gate keepers.
PSP: How long have you been doing comedy? Have you seen improvement over the years?
JACKSON: 12 years doing comedy and I’ve definely seen an improvement. It takes 10 years to get good at comedy and that goes for pretty much any field of expertise- it’s your 10,000 hours.
PSP: You grew up in Lacey Washington, went to Eastern and pledged Omega Psi Phi. That route is a little unusual for someone from the Pacific Northwest.
JACKSON: Pledging a predominantly African American fraternity was not easy but fair. My particular upbringing in Lacey may not be normal for everybody down there. It was more like growing up in Louisiana or Alabama because I had 2 parents from those places and they made sure my upbringing was just like theirs. Good food, lots of love, a lot of time outdoors and they instilled a strong work ethic.
PSP: What’s your dating life like?
JACKSON: It’s a little dry right now because all the good ones think I have hoes and all the hoes think I have a good woman somewhere.
PSP: You’re usually the one on stage embarrassing people, but you get embarrassed too.
JACKSON: One time I had a snot bubble during a performance. I was telling a joke and laughed at it and a snot bubble popped out of my nose. I probably should have blown my nose before I went on stage.
PSP: How’d you play it off?
JACKSON: I turned around and wiped my nose with my towel then turned back around and started the joke over. I don’t know if the whole audience noticed but there was one girl in the front row that definitely did.
PSP: What’s next for you?
JACKSON: Currently working on a pilot for a 1 hour TV show, I’m on an international tour and continuing Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Comedy Show show once a month in Tacoma. I’m also looking to expand to a once a month comedy show at a venue in Hollywood.
PSP: What advice do you have for up and coming entrepreneurs?
JACKSON: Learn as much as you can because knowledge is power. Keep in mind at all time what your motivation is for why you’re working toward entrepreneurship. Because you’re going to have trials and tribulations and you need to remember the big picture. Stay focused on the big picture. Because in the wee hours of the morning when you’re burning the candle on both ends, you’ll need to keep things into perspective as to why you’re doing it and not just settling for a 9 to 5 job.
Nate Jackson’s Super Funny Comedy Show is on the first Thursday of every month in Tacoma. Catch him live this week May 4 at Keys on Main, show starts at 8:00 p.m.