Superior Comedy: Jermaine Fowler Talks with soulciti

"I want to be one of the greats. That drives my success. That and my monthly cellphone bill."

Fast-rising comedy star Jermaine Fowler will perform for Moontower Comedy Festival at Cap City Comedy Club in Austin this weekend. Fowler currently stars in the exciting multi-camera sitcom, Superior Donuts, along with veteran actor Judd Hirsch.

“The show can get political. We love getting political. And sometimes we don’t,” Jermaine says. “Once in a while we’ll get deep, and other times we’ll have Tush (portrayed on the show by actor David Koechner) crash through a roof. I think that’s what makes the show so fun to watch.”

Jermaine is dynamic, working as both a writer and producer for CBS. This February, he’ll also star in the HBO comedy, Crashing.

I’m Black as hell and I’m proud to be Black.

Jermaine keeps his shows real with a balanced approach: “Ostensibly, I’m Black as hell and I’m proud to be Black. So I’m going to talk about it. Duh,” he says of his comedy process. “I’m also a proud Tim Burton fan so I’m gonna talk about that too.”

Hailing from Maryland, Jermaine began performing stand-up in 2006 while still in high school. He moved to New York City when he turned 20, and never looked back.

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I want to be one of the greats.

“Acting, writing, and stand up is an addiction,” he says, and notes that he’s a Richard Pryor fan and considers Pryor the G.O.A.T. of stand up comedians. “I want to be one of the greats. That drives my success. That and my monthly cellphone bill.”

Jermaine started his career in promos for brands such as McDonalds and Sports Illustrated, and worked his way to the main-stage at festivals, including the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Fest in 2012.

So, what makes the funnyman laugh? “I’m currently watching Earthquake on Showtime. He’s one of the funniest people ever. Love me some Earthquake. Underrated,” he says. “Atlanta and Rick and Morty are my favorite shows right now.” An like the rest of the world – he’s thoroughly into Kendrick Lamar’s new release, DAMN.

Last fall, Variety named Jermaine one of “10 Comics to Watch,” joining the ranks of alumni such as Aziz Ansari, and Louis C.K.


Jermaine has five shows at Cap City Comedy Club April 20-22, and tickets are available online.

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