Have you ever met someone who says all the things everyone else is afraid to say? A person who says things that most people living in this world of maxed-out political correctness think but wouldn’t dare utter?
If you answered no to either question, then you haven’t met John “J.J.” Jones. And you definitely haven’t sat front row and listened to his stand-up comic alter ego, “Super Negro Champ,” call ’em like he sees ’em, including himself.
It’s nearly impossible not to recognize the paradox that is Jones when he’s presenting himself as his on-stage persona. Being the buff black guy wearing a blinged-out replica of a professional wrestling title belt waiting to take the stage at a comedy club is not the picture of a stand-up comic most of us have in our heads. Jerry Seinfeld he is not. But Jones loves being the underdog, the person that makes people do a double take, and also, the “heel.”
In professional wrestling, which obviously plays significantly into his act (see the aforementioned reference to the title belt), there are heels and faces, Jones says. The faces are the likable guys and the heels, well, they’re the bad guys. The anti-hero. The guys who tell it like it is.
Jones’ comedy routine attempts to turn our hang-ups about race into laughter — taking the air out of words so inflated with race-based fear that we lose our breath when we hear them spoken. How does he do that? By actually using all those words we, most everyone other than Jones, are afraid to say. Be forewarned, you’ll hear some of them in the interview below.
How fitness (it’s obvious Jones works out regularly) and comedy go together for the 40-year-old comedian, well, there’s no intentional connection…other than Jones is someone who doesn’t do anything half way. Both comedy and working out were things Jones got into early in life, but it wasn’t until five years ago that comedy began to take the shape of a career.
So, without further ado, please welcome to the stage Fresno’s Super Negro Champ, John Jones.