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Wednesday
Sep152010

Influential Comedians - Jasper Redd

When I first started comedy, my friend Tian used to record Comedy Central Presents and Premium Blend episodes for me since I didn't have cable. I didn't know anything about real stand up comedy, so all I had to go on was what I saw from those tapes.  For the first couple months I bombed horribly at the Java Source in San Francisco. It was there that I meet Jasper Redd. He wore his iconic beanie cap, vintage t-shirt and blazer. When he got on stage his smooth rhythmic talking really got me in a groove to laugh. He was the first person, who was not slapstick, not goofy but cool and laid back. I never saw anything like it. I could tell he was very cultured and insightful. He didn't get up on stage just to be a hacky goof ball. He had something to say and it was about how, " Car horns should sound like gun shots because the sound of a horn does not express his road rage properly." He had such a strong voice, which everyone imitated.

However, critics will say, " he sounds a lot like Mitch Hedberg" but I disagree. Japser's ethnic upbring sets the two apart. Although both performers used one-liner non- sequiturs, Japser would reference old school hip-hop slang, which only people in the know would understand. Mitch, on the other hand, used food premises as his foundation for jokes.  For example, " I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I bought a cake"

I love both these comics very much and got nothing but love for them.

Here is an interview I did with him a long time ago:

 

Check out the Tour Dates Video: