Jake Sharon
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Jake Sharon

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
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Jake Sharon @ Liquid

Boise, Idaho, USA

Boise, Idaho, USA

Jake Sharon @ Liquid

Boise, Idaho, USA

Boise, Idaho, USA

Jake Sharon @ Liquid

Boise, Idaho, USA

Boise, Idaho, USA



Hey, funny girl gesticulating wildly and telling three-cosmopolitan stories at the party.
Everybody's laughing.
Everybody tells you you're funny.
You think they're right.
Ha, ha.
But maybe you should think again.
Ask professional comic Jake Sharon about comedy.
You'll say, "How do you do it?"
He'll say, "Keep it short."
He'll say more, too. But that's one of the foundations of funny.
"If you are going to tell somebody a joke, you have to pretend you are two strangers on a bus and he can get off at the next stop," says Sharon.
There's a big difference, says Sharon, between getting a few
Watch professional comic Jake Sharon in action.
laughs at a party - where people are festive and eager to laugh anyway - and telling a joke in an any old setting.
Think about your joke before you start presenting it. Cut out the flab. Alter it as you go. If that long segment about your brother's dental hygienist doesn't get any laughs, whack it.
"People zone out," says Sharon, a tall, antic, 29-year-old Denverite who grew up in Loveland. "The more you tell it, the better. You learn to embellish. But don't practice too much. It becomes unnatural."
Which brings us to another comedy key: Know your joke backward and forward. Understand your joke so well that you don't need to think about it as you go. That lets you study the faces of your audience as you tell your joke, which helps you find the bits that fall flat. It also helps you refine another important piece of the comedy puzzle: facial gestures, gestures and timing.
Mine your joke for "little details that ring true," says Sharon.
"Details often are the funniest parts."
Sharon recently spent some unwelcome time in a dentist's chair. As the doc drilled, Sharon noticed the "tooth dust" rising above his face.
He's working on a joke about his experience, and "tooth dust" is the kind of detail he'll try on his audience. It's the sort of thing that people can identify with.
Another thing: When you're trying to be funny, "it's so important to be in the moment," he says.
"If you are thinking about something else when you are telling a joke, it's not going to be fun."
A common one is failing to pause while people laugh.
Let 'em laugh. Then continue the joke.
"Stepping on the punch line, being fake, robotic movements: I've had it all," says Sharon, who has been cracking them up at comedy clubs for about six years.
He's been heckled, he's flopped miserably. It's not fun.
"If a gymnast falls over and breaks her leg in a performance, everyone feels bad for her; they even respect her," he says. "But when a comedian eats it, he's a leper. People avoid you. They don't even want to shake your hand."
When Sharon flubs a joke, he makes fun of himself: "I make it big," he says.
Sometimes, his skewering of himself is the funniest part of the bit. If you are lucky enough to have caught Johnny Carson when he hosted "The Tonight Show," you'll know what Sharon is talking about. Carson leveraged failed jokes into knee-slappers.

Read more: Everyone's a comedian - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/ci_5560406#ixzz1zbNKbWQ9
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As explained on the first track of this project, comedian Jake Sharon has been a comic for ten years and he has some material he's grown tired of doing. So, as comedians do, he's decided to round up all of that material, record it, and purge it from his set list, freeing him to move on to new and uncharted territory. Hence the name, JAke's First Purge.

Throughout my listens to the album, I came to understand why Sharon has held on to this material for so long. To put it plainly, it's funny stuff. Whether traditional stand up comedy, audience-including improvisation (his Positive/Negative game is a lot of fun), or excerpts from his podcast(s), Sharon excels and brings with him a real feel of levity.

And really, that's what makes this CD so much fun. It's not the material (although I do like Sharon's writing. On two fat chicks fighting: "They're all punching each other...It sounded like Tupperware closing") as much as it is Sharon himself. He is having a ball, genuinely enjoying what he's doing, and that can't help but spill out into the crowd. When someone is having such a good time it's easy to get sucked in and become a part of the fun.

Sharon is friendly and inviting. His greeting ("Hi. I'm Jake.") is simple, sincere, and welcoming. With those three words we're made to feel safe and at home. It's easy to get comfortable and let your guard down when you know you aren't going to be attacked (unless, of course, you have a turkey laugh. But that's a given). It's apparent that Sharon is comfortable working on the fly and his interactions with the crowd are simultaneously relaxed and entertaining.

The topics covered here span everything from educational children's songs (I'll never again confuse my cake hole with my corn hole) to more adult topics (I love the running kiss-and-tell gag where Sharon reveals people with whom he's made out...and then shares what it tasted like). Sharon has a special knack for talking about "blue" subject matter in a way that doesn't come with that heavy "dirty" feeling hovering over it. I found this surprisingly refreshing and, again, I attribute it to Sharon's lighthearted approach.

Sprinkled throughout the album are introductions to some of the tracks where Sharon breaks the fourth wall and offers a bit of insight and background. He uses these short bumpers to explain that a particular cut was recorded back when he had long hair or when MySpace was still relevant. Although these little asides aren't essential, they are enjoyable and Sharon accentuates each of them with a fun little homemade soundtrack I have since found myself recreating while I perform various tasks throughout my day such as loading the dishwasher or walking to the coffee shop. If you'd like to sing along, it goes a little something like, "La la la, la-la la-la la la...."

Another aspect I really liked about this project is the fact that Sharon left in the imperfections. There are a couple of times where a joke falls flat. There's really no other way to put it. The punch is delivered and Sharon is greeted with a big ol' room-filling silence. And Sharon laughs. It's a real, genuine reaction with which he acknowledges he just blew it, and I liked it. I liked the honesty of the moment and I loved that Sharon embraces it and then carries on.

I hope it's not another ten years before we get another release from Sharon. This project is over an hour long (35 tracks!) and well worth the investment. "JAke's Second Purge: The Re-Purging" is an album I'm already anxious to hear. - comedy-reviews.com


"Hi! I'm Jake!" Full-length Comedy DVD released in May 2011
"Jake's First Purge," Full-length Comedy CD released in December 2011



"Jake was hilarious! We would love to have him back!"
-Molly Joy Southern, A.S.A.P. Comedy
Colorado State University

"Jake is amazing. Thank you for suggesting him! You said Jake is perfect. You were right!"
-Emily Dreman, Director of Student Activities
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Jake Sharon is a silly, brain damaged goofyhead. His improv background & his years of secret revenges fuel his manic outbursts on the stand-up stage. Jake Sharon is also an unfettered optimist. He talks about how you can find a bright side to anything.

Jake talks philosophy and ancient Chinese wisdom. Then he lightens it back up with stories about his concussions, his policeman dad, his tactical vest, rock & roll, and winning his 8th grade spelling bee.

Jake was selected for 2 NACA regional showcases in 2011, NACA South and NACA Central.

He tours colleges & some of the best clubs across the country including the Denver Comedy Works, Stanford and Sons, Harvey's in Portland, OR, the Improvs, etc. He was featured in Atlanta's Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, The Seattle International Comedy Competition, The Rocky Mountain Laugh Off, and 3 times in the Boston Comedy Festival. His antics have appeared on ESPN, Warner Bros.' Elimidate, and Reader'sDigest.com.