We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay P. Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay P., what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m a guy who takes CALCULATED risks. There are certain risks that I’ll take, and other ones that I steer clear of. Lemme give you a few examples: I’ve never been into gambling. Every time I go to Vegas, I always walk right by the casinos. I don’t like the idea of losing money, and most of the time — if not ALL of the time — I walk right past the slots & tables. I’d rather puff some cannabis, and go zip-lining at Fremont Street Experience. I relate it to my Parkour training, when it comes to jumping from certain heights. If it’s a drop that I cannot safely absorb when landing, or at least roll out of, then I won’t attempt it. Risk vs. Reward. If there’s a lot more to lose than there is to gain… hard pass.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, as a Stand-up Comedian, I think it’s pretty easy to find what sets me apart from others. I tell my own story. It’s always been my goal to bring my audience into my world, and have them be glad that I did. Even if/when I do jokes about current/events, I try to make them see it through my lenses. Honestly, that’s the goal of any comedian, I think. I had a lot of proud moments these past couple of years: Getting new representation, having my first fully-paid & fully-accommodated road gigs where I performed for over 30 minutes, traveling around the country to perform, getting my very first Twitch payouts, etc. But, most of all, my proudest moment is the fact that I’m still here. Even after all of this chaos that shut down the entire world, even when so many other people moved out of Cali, even when we’re facing a virus that almost feels like an extinction level event… I’m still here. Plus, I just recently booked more commercial work. One of my ads is currently on YouTube. How crazy is it that I’m still able to work in the industry, even in the middle of a pandemic? That’s pretty nuts. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is, humans are a resilient species. Even when it seems like everything is falling apart, we find a way to pick up the pieces, and rebuild. There were many times in 2020 where I was contemplating getting TF outta this state, outta this country. But, I still stayed strong, I never quit, and I kept pushing forward. And, so you see, I survive. What do I want the world to know about me & my story? It’s simple: Just follow me, stand beside me, and enjoy with me. Ummm… I hope that wasn’t too vague…?
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’d take them to all my favorite stomping grounds. One of my favorite things to do is smoke some cannabis while walking along Venice Beach. It’s a really cool spot, especially in the summer, and the people there are… interesting. I say that with love, of course. It can be a weird environment sometimes, but they’re pretty genuine, for the most part. Griffith Park Observatory, of course. Those exhibits always fascinate me. Hell, we can even hike up there, if they wanna. My favorite restaurants: Sweet Butter Kitchen, Tony’s Mexican Grill (they’ve got dope-ass breakfast burritos), Home Restaurant, Cheesecake Factory, Dave & Busters (food & video games? Hells yeah!), and a bunch of restaurants in Thai Town. Can’t forget Six Flags Magic Mountain. Need I say more? LA Live, downtown Pasadena, Los Feliz, Culver City, downtown Long Beach, the Tokyo Arts District — really fun spots in the evening. The LA Art Walk is a goddamn MUST. I don’t care what anyone says. Ugh… Okay, fine, I’ll take them to Hollywood Blvd. Not one of my favorite spots, but it’s mandatory, I suppose.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Honestly, it’s not really ONE person that I wanna recognize; there’s a bunch of them. So, I’ll just say this: To all the people who have stayed in my corner since B.C.E., believed in me, and supported & cheered me on in my endeavors; to all those who were there for me in my darkest hours, who helped me get a second wind when I was knocked down & saw no chance of getting back up; to all y’all who are just being introduced to who Jay P. Brown is, like what you see, and choose to join me on this crazy journey of mine… Thank you so very much. To those who doubted me, and thought I’d never amount to anything; to those who continue doubt me to this day, and have no intention of supporting my stuff; to those who are playing “surveillance camera” on my accounts, secretly rooting for me to fail… Thank you so very much. That just provides more fuel to my fire, and will make my victory even sweeter.