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“I made such a consistent streak of good decisions.” | Jack Tucker on what it takes to be the ultimate comedian’s comedian

Tell us about the show you’re bringing to the Soho Theatre.

You can expect to love every minute of it!!!!! It’s full of jokes, gags, and even a little bit of physical slapstick humour as well. Who knows!!! I’ve been performing on the Upstate New York regional comedy circuit for a while, but I am ready now. My wife and I recently separated – but I’m still wearing the ring, so don’t tempt me ladies!!!! But in all seriousness, she did leave me and I haven’t seen my boy Joe for a few weeks.

What inspired “the ultimate comedian’s comedian”?

For England, I’d have to say Michael Macintosh. Not only is this guy super freakin’ hilarious, he invented the iPod computer station. I love listening to music and my favorite song is, Who Let The Dogs Out by Baha Men. This song was monumental. Did you guys know that the “dogs” in Who Let The Dogs Out aren’t a reference to the Baha Men themselves but in fact rude and unruly gentlemen who behave like “dogs”? Really makes ya think…

What made you want to write a social commentary that satirises comedy itself?

I mean ya sure, I love sports commentary, but I never felt any pressure to become a sports commentator or nothin’. I was always a massive baseball, basketball and (American) football fan, but I never seriously considered getting involved. Look, if I’m bein’ honest, I think I could do a better job than most of these bozos out there, I just wouldn’t know where to start. What I’m sayin’ is, if you know anyone who’s looking, I’ll happily give it a go. Oh my goodness… I thought this question said SPORTS commentary!!!! I don’t even know what social commentary means. Hahahahahahahaha!!!! My mistake, sorry about that.

What is your trick to crafting such sharp satire?

Asking Jack how he crafts his material  is like asking a tree how he got in the ground – he’s always been there. You know the old saying, if a tree makes a joke in the woods, does anybody make a sound? Yes, everybody laughs!!!! Really makes you think.

How did you come up with the idea for your jazz-clown sound effects?

I’m not sure who this alleged “director” guy is but he’s really starting to tick me off. He keeps adding these sound effects to my show and I don’t want them. I don’t know who he is, but I think he’s been sent by somebody else to keep an eye on me. I keep tryna lose him, but everywhere I go, he’s there. If anyone knows anything about this man, please call 847-433-0422.

This show is returning to Soho due to popular demand. Talk us through its journey so far.

I was scared about this gig actually. Not sure if you know this in Great Kingland, but Soho is an “artsy” area in Historic New York City full of a buncha hippie jerks. I’m talkin’ the worst of the worst. These punks all smokin’ their nicotine-free tobacco vapes, always playin’ Super mario bash on their smart phones, and everybody’s havin’ sex with each other because they’re all “open to new ideas”. Real scum of the Earth these guys! Luckily London has class so I foresee no problems with the liberals in your Soho District.

How do you feel about the massively mixed reviews the show has received?

I haven’t gotten any mixed reviews, what are you talking about? Who would do such a thing? Hey what type of interview is this anyways? I want to talk to a lawyer. Somebody call my lawyer. You have the right to remain silent, this is a citizen’s arrest!!!!

What do you hope people take away from your show?

A t-shirt and a hot dog. I love hot dogs. Ya know, my show is kinda like a hot dog. The meat is the comedy, and the bun is the audience. And the ketchup is the laughs!!! And the mustard too, those are more laughs!!! And if you’re lucky, you might just find some relish, which is REALLY BIG LAUGHS!!!! It’s just something you wanna eat, there’s something for everybody. I really recommend hot dog.

Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?

My best advice to young people would be to do exactly what I did and everything will be fine. I made the right decisions over and over again. I made the right jokes, I chose the right woman, and I slept with the right people. Yes, I am going through a divorce. I made such a consistent streak of good decisions, the other comics started calling me Lucky Jack. Not sure if this translates to English culture, but in America we have these things called decks of cards. Traditionally there are fifty-two cards in pack, and one card in particular is called a Jack. You’re not gonna believe this but historically this card is known as a lucky card. How crazy is that? You can’t write this stuff!!!! Good luck kids!


Jack Tucker is at the Soho Theatre from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th January.

Book your ticket here.

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