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Three Minutes on a Park Bench With: PJ Jacokes

Wicked Donuts and a crash course in business.

PJ Jacokes of The Go Comedy! Improv Theater
PJ Jacokes of The Go Comedy! Improv Theater

One way to survive this merciless winter is to literally laugh in its face. PJ Jacokes and The Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale can help.

As co-owner and producer of the theater, PJ knows from belly-laughs. Here’s what the funnyman has to say about working in comedy improv:

What's your morning routine? 

Many nights I'm performing or teaching or in a rehearsal, so many mornings are slow to start. Usually involving coffee and snooze buttons. (Not in that order) I get to the theater around 9:30 or 10. Make more coffee and start answering emails.

What do you do for a living? And what's the best thing about your job?

I'm the producer and co-owner of The Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale, Michigan. The thing about my job is that I get to help create a lot of shows each year. 

What's the hardest?

When we opened, the owners all had a lot of performance experience and very little business experience. So for the first few years, I felt like I was playing the role of a businessman. While that's gotten easier, there is still plenty of making it up on the spot.

How long have you lived here?

I've lived in Ferndale since 1997. 

What's your favorite thing about living here?

I love the community in Ferndale and I love that there's so much to do here.

If you had to arrange a secret meeting here, where would you have it?

The elevator at The WAB.

Tell us something about yourself that most of your neighbors don't know.

I really love a capella music. Almost shamefully. 

When you want a really indulgent snack here, where do you go and what do you get?

I'd go to Treat Dreams! for just about anything, but especially the Wicked Donuts.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Don't forget to breathe. 

What are you doing after this interview?

Putting together the rundown for a podcast—The Evening News Period—we're doing tomorrow night. 

Visit PJ at the entire theater team at 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, 248-327-0575.


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