Tight Five: Jake Flores
Tight Five is where we feature up and coming as well established comedy talent and give them five minutes to tell us the best things they're into.This week, comedian and podcaster Jake Flores.
Jake Flores’ material has gotten him raided by the government, retweeted by everyone from Tom Morello to Bette Midler, and published in The New York Times. His stuff has been quoted on CNN by Wolf Blitzer and taught at Yale. He has appeared on The Majority Report, Chapo Trap House, Fun Fun Fun Fest, SXSW, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Comedy Cellar Radio and has been shouted out on The Joe Rogan Experience and The Doug Stanhope Podcast. He has toured around the country and opened for Doug Stanhope, Tig Notaro, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jim Norton, Felipe Esparza and Patton Oswalt.
He’s signed to Stand Up! Records and tours regularly. Previously the author of The Observer’s satire column “A Millennial Reviews,” he’s currently the creator and host of radical political comedy podcast Pod Damn America and its sister philosophy podcast Why You Mad?. All this while working at a restaurant and living in a squat with no heat. What a country.
Why You Mad
My favorite thing I do every week is record this podcast, which I do with my very smart friend Luisa Diez who is an anthropologist turned comedy booker. It started really organically, just back of the room talk at shows, except, I would like to think, smarter. We’re both into history, philosophy, art, and talking about stuff other people in the game are afraid to talk about publicly. We have a lot of secret listeners in the industry, it’s that type of show.
UAE Exotic Falconry & Finance
My current favorite twitter account is this guy that just posts about United Arab Emirates financial issues and falconry, like how to own and take care of falcons. It’s a really bizarre bit and he’s been consistent with it for I don’t even know how long. Years? Very funny, very weird.
My friend Rory is a comic artist and illustrator who I frequently collaborate with because I’m such a fan of his work. He makes a comic strip that reminds me a little bit of David Cronenberg’s body horror imagery but is at the same time funny and kind of a goof. I support him on Patreon which is cool because if you do that he sends you printed out comics, stickers, and shirts that say weird stuff like “Computer Hell.” He’s also on Twitter and Instagram.
Severance on Apple TV
I just binged the first season of this really dark comedy-mystery-sc-fi-i don’t even know what else you’d call this thing type show. It’s GREAT. It’s about an office where they sever the workers’ minds in half so their home self and their work self are completely unaware of each other. To say any more about it would be giving away too much of the plot. Just trust me, it’s about work and it’s really funny.
The funniest comedian I know right now is probably my pal Avery Moore who i went on tour with last year. She’s based in Austin and doesn’t really have much web presence but she’s such a killer she’s been taken out to open for the late Louie Anderson as well as some other big names. If you’re in Austin you should go find her, she’s great. She does this joke about Shirley Temple trying to buy cigarettes that kills me.