Jessie Johnson


Stand-up comedian Jessie Johnson, a member of the “Bad Friends” podcast, will perform at Irvine Improv on July 12. We asked about her career and upcoming show.

You’re a trumpet player turned comedian. How did that happen?

I started playing trumpet when I was 10. In high school, I joined a sketch comedy group and fell in love with comedy. I went to school for music, and when I told my teacher I was dropping out to pursue comedy, he encouraged me to ride both tracks as long as I could. It wasn’t until years later that I embraced his advice and brought the trumpet into my act. I joined the ‘Kill Tony’ podcast as a member of their band.

Why do you think people connect with your humor?

I think people connect with my humor because I’m unassuming. A lot of my punchlines catch people off guard. I’m quiet, somewhat of an introvert. I think that’s exciting and even inspiring for people like that to see.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people.

I love playing video games. My older sister has always played video games, and so, of course, I followed suit. Right now, I’m playing the new Legend of Zelda game, Tears of the Kingdom.

What can we expect from you at the Improv?

You’ll hear jokes that have never been put online, all delivered with a newfound confidence brought to you by the three-month national tour with ‘Bad Friends.’

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