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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jacie Rowe IV

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacie Rowe IV. 

Hi Jacie, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I was born in Detroit, Michigan to a Negro/Native American family. We grew up fast, loved hard, and fought for everything. A family gathering can easily be filled with good ole school soul food from recipes passed down from Alabama Slavery. My family migrated to Detroit in the 1930s for opportunities in industrial factories. People were use to working to the bone, sun up to sun down. It didn’t leave a lot of room for bs in conversations. Our culture was cultivated to talk straightforward, be about what you say you are about, and be respectful because life is too hard to have to deal with disrespect from a stranger. In that, my family laughs a whole lot. A day doesn’t go by, or a conversation between our members, that doesn’t include have laughter, teeth shining, belly aching, tears in your eye’s laughter. The kind of laughter you only hope to receive when attending a stand-up comedy show or good comedy film. My family was a blessed with the laughter. I think it’s a component of pain, like a byproduct of consequence of generational pain, creates generational laughter. It is this laughter that has brought me to the comedy stage to share my stories, and maybe find those belly-aching moments I had with my family, and be able to bring that to each audience I’m able to grace the stage and talk. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Comedy is as much an internal battle an external movement. I think life in general has obstacles that show each of us what we are made of. I don’t know if a great comic can have a great life, lol. Maybe it’s part of the cost to be great, you learn to alchemize the sadness and dark moments into gold. 

The pandemic has been a struggle for all, entertainers and comedians not excluded. I just started my stand-up career about a year before the pandemic started. Just as I was getting use to being on stage, there were no more stages, lol. I created The Jazzy Comedy Show Podcast as a way to be fluid with my storytelling and freestyle comedy. I never had any real expectations for what it should be, outside of a practice court, it has developed in its own ways and provided a different level of confidence when I hit the stage and share some of the same stories one might hear on the podcast. 

Now, I think my struggle, like many artists, is rebalancing society with shows that provide a sustainable life. America has turned back on, but like an old computer, it’s taking a minute to reboot all the programs and processes that provides artist like myself space to truly do our work. I am thankful for your magazine for shining a light on us. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m truly an artist with the “gift of gab”. It has allowed me to shine in non-profits, advocacy organizations, consulting political candidates, and to help change state laws in California. In politics, I’m probably most known for my work with Compassion and Choices to pass the Death with Dignity Law in 2015. It was incredible work with committed volunteers from all over California. I was able to meet thousands of people and provide educational speeches on how to pass the bill, and once passed, how to access the resources provided by the law. This incredible movement elevated my political work, and comfort on stage talking with large organizations. 

This political work really sets me apart as a comedian. Sometimes on stage, people have stated I opened my set sounding like Barack Obama, and by the time I finished I sounded like Katt Williams, lol. I think it’s a gift to be able to talk about strong issues, and experiences in a way that everyone can relate to, and consequently laugh. I always try to bring joy in my political work, and bring intelligence to my comedy work, just mix it all up like a good soup. 

What matters most to you?
My family matters most to me. My partner, Melissa, is truly a partner on this earth. We vibe, we create, we beef, we love, and now we have three beautiful children together. I feel like I couldn’t do what I’m doing without the chemistry that comes from our connection. It’s like I might have hella seeds(ideas), but it takes my partner to help me see what can grow, water the ideas, and weed the garden with me. Family is one of the most beautiful aspects to living on the planet, more precious than gold. I’ll stop now, I think I’m starting to sound like Vin Diesel in the Fast/Furious series, lol. 

Pricing:

  • Book me for Stand Up $2500
  • Book The Jazzy Comedy Show Live $7500

Contact Info:

  • Website: jokernauts.com
  • Instagram: @thejazzycomedyshow
  • Youtube: @thejazzycomedyshow


Image Credits

Getty Images
Melissa C. Rowe
Jacie Rowe

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