Treat a crowd of 3 like a crowd of 300 so when you get there you’ve already practiced for it.
Tell us about yourself and what you do
My name is Jamil Burger aka Comedian Jay Burger I’m from East Orange New Jersey born and raised on the playground where I spent most of my days if you couldn’t tell I am Stand Up Comedian. I have been doing stand for about 5 years now I got my start at an open mic at Essex County Community College. I was 19 at the time and those 4 minutes changed my life forever. I bombed. To bomb as a comedian means that your jokes don’t go over with the crowd and get no laughs. Now you would think that how can you fall in love with something if your first experience was so traumatic. I will tell you I had a man come up to me after the show and shake my hand and tell he had a rough day but my jokes made him feel better after that I was hooked.
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Growing up I’ve always loved comedy I love laughing and I love making others laugh as well I love comedians like Cedric The Entertainer, Sinbad, Steve Harvey and more. They were larger than life to me and I wanted to do the same. Most of my inspiration comes from the people around me people like Micheal and Isaih my two best friends growing up. My older brothers my partner Baheed my lady all these people have supported me since day one they help me get to this point in my life they truly are my biggest fans.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
Listen I’ve been doing this for 5 year’s I’ve performed at so many places Gotham Comedy, Broadway Comedy Club, The Laughing Buddha’ the list goes on and on. Now If I had to pick one out of all the shows I’ve done it would be August 16 2018 I.F.E Welcome To The Movement. It was the very first showcase that I put together with one of my closes friends and more than that it was a success.
January 12th, 2019 is a special day for me because I will be doing my very first 1-hour special. This is the payoff for those last 5 years and guess what I’m not doing it alone my partner Baheed will be hosting and have 3 of the funniest people I know performing with me. TesaMonie a woman who is one of the humblest people but is simply hilarious. Harry O, DCthe3rd two people who genuinely want to change the world with laughter some of these people have been doing this longer than me. It’s all going down in NYC at the Playroom Theater trust me you don’t want to miss it.
Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
People are going to doubt you there going to say all the negative things but keep practicing success is only born from failure. Practice your craft and never turn down a chance to flaunt your talents. Treat a crowd of 3 like a crowd of 300 so when you get there you’ve already practiced for it.