An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!
Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 50 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.
For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews (1-25)
Joél James; A Familiar Face in the Comedy Scene.
I recently interviewed Joel James, an entertainer, business owner and prominent figure in the city. I asked Joél a series of questions. Here is what we discussed.
Tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.
I’m from Rochester NY, I like to call I’m “HoodBurnban” I grew up in the Hood of all Hoods and then moved to the Suburbs of all Suburbs. I graduated bottom of my Class from John Marshall High School. I was Prom King also, I’m very proud of that.
What inspired you to be an comedian/ entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?
I started out in acting, at the age of 16 I joined an Acting Troup called the Enterprise Zone with the Geva Theatre, I did that for 6 years and then I started doing Stand-up comedy. Going on 10 years.
Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.
I mean I’m a stand-up comedian every time I step on a stage I am facing adversity, most of the time I “kill” (do very well) but there are those time when you don’t do so well. And it’s the worst feeling in the world. lol
What do you believe sets you apart from other comedians/entertainers?
I think what sets me apart from other comedians is my diverse upbringing. I just offer something different that someone who was only raised in the hood or only raised in the suburbs. My point of view is very unique and wide ranging. Also, by having starting in theater, my stage presence is different.
I looooooove food! I love cooking spicy food and I also have a Meal Prepperation company. Called Preppy Prepping or Preppy Meals.
Any projects you have out or currently working on?
So much. I’m excited about a New Web Series I’m working, I think I’m titling “Uncle Joel.” I’m traveling and performing in New York City and LA. I’m also starting my Podcast “Entitled Opinion.” So excited about that.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Starting a family….Can‘t wait to have little brown kids…
What advice can you give to aspiring comedians/entertainers?
Get the book “The Comedy bible” best advice I was given by a Comedian Friend Cory Fernandez
How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?
@JoelJamesComedy on everything.