Flyover Comedy Festival: Jamie Cummings’ “The King and Me”

Tickets are on sale now for Flyover Comedy Festival.  Buy yours today and guarantee your admission to see Todd Barry, Henry Phillips, and a full slate of local and visiting comics November 9th through November 11th in The Grove.  Between now and then, meet some of the comics performing in the festival!

Jamie Cummings brings his unique show, “The King & Me” to the Improv Shop during Flyover Comedy Festival.


Jamie Cummings

You’re from St. Louis, so let’s ask the stereotypical St. Louis question. “Where’d you go to high school?”

St. Louis University High School


 Were you involved in performing while you attended?

I auditioned for the school musicals, but was so bad I couldn’t get cast. So I was a dancer in them instead. It’s an all-guys school. They were desperate.

How long have you been in New York? What were some of the challenges you faced in that transition from a being a performer here, to being a performer in such a big scene?

I moved here in ’98. It took a long while to get settled just in terms of a day job and friends. Then figuring out how to make it as an actor is such a confusing struggle, with so many differing avenues and bits of advice. It wasn’t until I started doing improv a few years in that I found some success.

Give us a run-down of what the audience can expect from your show ‘The King & Me’.

I think people are struck by the pathos in it. I’m a big fan of the British Office and Little Miss Sunshine, and pieces that really exploit characters’ pain for laughs.

You’re also performing some ‘prov (we’re trying to make ‘prov happen) at the festival. Tell us about the team and your fellow performers.

It’s 2prov. (Does that help?) I’m extremely lucky, because my teammate is the single-most intelligent and beautiful improvisor in the entire history of the whole wide world. She’s also my wife.

What’s the real purpose of the St. Louis Gateway Arch?

I believe the same thing that most people do, that it was built by Copernicus in the 1950s as an anchor for an invisible cable that connects our planet to the sun. It is why, as they say, “The Sun Never Sets on St. Louis™”

Where can people see you perform between now and the festival?

Every weekend in the immersive Off-Broadway hit Accomplice.

Don’t miss St. Louis’s first three day comedy festival.  Flyover Comedy Festival, November 9th through 11th!