St. Louis Comedy Profile: Jack Schurk

schurkJack Schurk can regularly be found at The Funny Bone, where he hides in constant fear of evil sentient killer dolls. He’s a pretty funny dude. You should check him out. Unless you’re an evil sentient killer doll. In that case, leave him alone.

 

Your Name
Jack Schurk

Your artform of choice?
Stand Up

How long have you been performing?
1.5 years

Who are your biggest comedy influences?
I know this is really original, but Louis CK and Jim Gaffigan have probably had the biggest influence on me as far as the style of stand up I do and the type of comedy that I strive towards. Nick Swardson, Pablo Francisco, and Brian Regan all had Comedy Central Presents half hours that I watched many many times back in the day. They really made me a fan of stand up. Also, I’d be lying if I didn’t say Bill Cosby was one of my favorite comedians growing up. It really sucks that he turned out to be such a shitty person.

Bobby Kelly’s podcast, “You Know What Dude,” really made me want to be comic and implanted the urge to sign up for my first open mic. Also, as far as STL comics go, Josh Arnold and Sean O’Brien have influenced me and have always had good advice for me and been very encouraging.

Tell us about your worst on stage experience.
It was the first show of the first weekend that I ever hosted at the Valley Park Funny Bone. At the time, I had a chunk with a call back that I closed my set with. I was so nervous that I did the joke out of order and couldn’t figure out how to get back to the end. I pretty much handled it by freezing up and repeating the same thing three times before finally taking a pause and getting myself back on track. I also shit myself and threw up at the same time. That’s called a shomit.

What’s your best on stage experience?
The first show on a Saturday hosting for Ryan Stout at the Westport Funny Bone. After the Friday shows, Ryan gave me some advice about trying to smile more and trying to look more like I’m having a good time on stage. It seems like obvious advice but when I consciously tried to perk up a bit, it made me feel more comfortable and it actually made all of my expressions and gestures (both positive and negative) more emphatic, which I think makes the audience more engaged. It was also a near sold out room and the crowd was really great. When the Funny Bone is full on a weekend, it’s a really fun place to perform.

What do you like best about St. Louis’s Comedy Scene? Both, overall and within your genre.
Overall, most of the comics that I have gotten to know in Saint Louis are OK with busting balls, which I think is fun and necessary. I don’t remember the particular comedian who said this, but they equated comics making fun of each other to tiger cubs sparing. Nobody is really trying hurt anyone but it helps you sharpen your teeth.

As far as genre goes, I don’t know what my exact genre is, but it’s nice to have two legit comedy clubs and a strong independent scene that are all pretty accepting of any genre of comedy.

You have 30 seconds to convince someone that live comedy is better than staying home and watching Netflix. What do you say?
When you see live comedy, at least one thing will happen or will be said that is out of the ordinary and completely unique to that show. You’ll laugh more and harder because the energy is different, forcing you to be more focused and present…and you can say you did something instead of just sitting on your couch like a lazy sack of shit.

Rate the following, in descending order, based on how well you’d do in a fight against them? Candyman, Freddy Krueger, The Girl From The Ring, Chucky.
I’d loose to all of them. The girl from The Ring would be the worst because I’m a feminist and I don’t slap hoes. Then Chucky, because dolls have always creeped me out. Then the Candy Man because, of course, diabetis. I think I would actually put up a good fight against Freddy because I normally dominate the sleep game. I once slept for sixteen hours, woke up, ate a breakfast burrito and then took a nap.

What are you having for dinner tonight?
Greek Tacos. Also known as Gyros.

Plug something. It’s why we do this.
I’ll be performing on O’fallon Out Loud at the Rendezvous Cafe and Wine Bar in O’fallon MO. with Joe Murray, JC Sibala, and Andy Hamilton tonight (September 17th). Seating is limited so reserve your spots now by calling Rendezvous Cafe @ 636-281-2233

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