Astonishingly killer character comedy in JACK TUCKER: COMEDY STAND UP HOUR sees Zach Zucker lampoon every bad joke and hack comic in the book with conviction that has had audiences as extremely baffled, as they are entertained. Ahead of his Edinburgh run JACK TUCKER chatted to West End Wilma…
Name of Edinburgh show – Jack Tucker: Comedy Stand Up Hour
Venue – Underbelly Cowgate, Belly Button
Performance time – 9:20pm
Show length – 1hr
Ticket price – £11 full price https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/jack-tucker-comedy-stand-up-hour
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
Hello England!!!!!! Hello my name is Jackson Tucker, I am a stand-up comedian from historic New York ‘The Big Apple’ City and I’ve been doing stand-up comedy for 45 years. I’ve been performing on the Upstate New York regional comedy circuit for a while, but I am ready now. I made a series of bad decisions in the late eighties and I owe a lot of money to a lot of well-connected people, but I’m not scared of them anymore. I was worried I’d never make it onstage again, but then an angel came into my life… And that angel was me! Jackie always lands in his feet and I’m really excited to give the great people of Great United England a taste, or a tea cup (!!hahah!!) of traditional American comedy!!!!!!
Tell me about your new show, what it is all about?
In my show I stand up onstage and I tell jokes, anecdotes, stories, humorous thoughts, and dangerous political commentary!!!!!! I will also have funny and hilarious interactions with the audience, but careful ladies: I’m a married man!!!! Hahahahaha!!!! In all seriousness though my wife Sharon and I are in the process of getting divorced (her choice) and she’s asked I not mention her in my interviews. Or maybe she said I couldn’t talk about her in the show? I dunno, I can’t remember – I was watching the game, so I wasn’t really listening!!!! Hahahahahaha!!!!
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2019?
Asking Jack how long he’s been working on his comedy is like asking Julia’s Ceaser how he built Rome in a day – it’s impossible to know. You know the old saying, all roads lead to Rome… well, all jokes lead to Jack!!!!
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
You know I only heard about the Edinburgh Fringe this year and I’ve never performed at an arts festival either, so this is new territory for me. The only festival I ever performed in was Happy Harry’s Ribfest in North Dakota back in 1994. I never made it past the qualifying round but I tried my absolute best to eat as many ribs as I could before passing out. I guess my advice to performers and visitors would be to line your stomach with as much condensed milk as possible before you start eating competitively, and to make sure to double-dunk your meat in water.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me onstage is every time I’m on stage. It’s amazing. I’ve never had a bad set in my life. Men, women, boys, girls, children, uncles, cousins, women and boys all become one through laughter. I’ve never been embarrassed in my life, so I’m not really sure how to answer this question.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Former New York Yankee and New York Mets outfielder, Daryl Strawberry. Here’s a guy that was able to play on two rival teams in the same city and bring the good people of New York together through baseball. That would be like if David Beckham played for EU (English United Kingdom) and UK (United Kingland) and was able to pass freely between both teams, whenever he wanted, no questions asked. I don’t know if that translates because soccer is different than baseball, but you know what they say: tomato, tomatoe, potato, potataoe, pastrami, bologna, salami… now that’s one helluva sandwich!!!!!!!
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I’m a bit of a fitness freak so I like to knock out a couple rounds of push ups before each show. I don’t want to get too top-heavy like some of those meatball heads out there (hahahahahaha!!!!!! just came up with that one!!!!!!!!) so I try and cap myself at 6 to stop myself from getting too strong. I could keep going (obviously) I’m just not one of those superficial guys who’s concerned about his appearance. I already know I’m strong. No point in getting stronger if I’m already at my maximum strength.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
No one (BORING).
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