We’re spending the next month or so profiling the comics in the St. Louis scene. We’ll be covering a range of comics from seasoned pros, to open mic comics booking their first shows. Our goal is to give you a glimpse at who you can expect to see, no matter where you experience live comedy.
Bobby Jaycox is regular feature at clubs across the country. In addition to stand up, he’s a mainstay in the local improv scene and can often be found doing something cool at The Improv Shop. He co-runs The Improv Shop open mic with Rafe Williams each Monday.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING STAND UP?
Almost 10 years
DESCRIBE YOUR MATERIAL/STYLE OF PERFORMING TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SEEN YOU
I think my style right now is more storytelling. I like reflecting my material off of what is actually going on in my life. Most of my old material is about being single and now I am in a relationship and finding new things funny I had not noticed as a single comic.
A club owner once compared me to Nate Bargatze and Rory Schovel. I look up to both of them and I have had the pleasure of working with both of them.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING THING, PERSONALLY, THIS YEAR, ABOUT STAND UP?
I have been the most excited about finding material in the moment on stage. I get really nervous, and crazy excited, when I don’t know where I want to go next and in that moment I do what I was taught in improv which is “follow the fun.” It is really rewarding and special to find the next part of your act in the actual space of the room. More times than not my brain takes over in ways I personally can’t reach with writing.
CURRENTLY, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE WORKING TO OVERCOME, IN STAND UP COMEDY?
Right now the biggest challenge is becoming better than I was last year. It’s all a challenge. I love facing the fear, and making it look easy.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST COMEDY GOAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
Become the head coach of the Battlehawks. Kaa kaww!!
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED PERFORMING?
Write a joke, and perform a joke on stage, in as many different ways you can, always moving forward with it.
Also, no one knows anything. Follow your heart and listen to the audience. They want to like you, so show them why.
IF YOU WERE A BEVERAGE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I would be PurpleMonster. Because, no one drinks that stuff and I would live on, and be energized forevererrererrrrr!
PICK ANY HORROR MOVIE. HOW WOULD YOU SURVIVE?
I would have just kept writing. Jack Nicolson’s character should have just kept writing his story, ya know? I mean how much easier could a job be? And who wouldn’t love to live in a hotel with your wife and kid with a split personality pointer finger.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO PROMOTE?
I am hosting for Natasha Leggero Sept. 12-14 at Helium Comedy Club
Go see Bobby this weekend, and check back tomorrow as our profile of the St. Louis comedy scene continues.