St. Louis comic Bobby Jaycox enters his next chapter with new stand-up special – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

St. Louis comic Bobby Jaycox enters his next chapter with new stand-up special – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Bobby Jaycox performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Bobby Jaycox’s “Fast Food Fireworks” Helium Comedy Studios special
Bobby Jaycox’s “Fast Food Fireworks” Helium Comedy Studios special
A variation of the old adage “break a leg” once proved too true for St. Louis comedian Bobby Jaycox.
Jaycox broke his arm just a couple of hours before a set at Flyover Comedy Festival a year ago, but he went on with his gig anyway, showing up at the Improv Shop in a sling.
“It wasn’t my best set,” says Jaycox. But he gets another shot in what’s certain to be a smoother return to Flyover Comedy Festival this weekend. He opens for national comedian Ron Funches (“Loot,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) at Hot Java Bar in the Grove on Nov. 12.
“Ron is such a silly, fun guy. It means a lot to open for him,” says Jaycox, a firefighter-turned-comedian.
Jaycox is a regular Flyover Comedy Festival performer, having been on the bill every year. He loves how the festival is not only putting St. Louis comedy on the map and adding to comedy opportunities in the city, but also how it “brings other big comics from other cities to see what our scene is like.”
The festival comes at a prime time for Jaycox, who just dropped his debut comedy special, “Fast Food Fireworks.”
The 30-minute special was filmed in April by Helium Comedy Studios at the Helium Comedy Club in Philadelphia and is available on Helium Comedy Club’s YouTube page.
Jimmy Chairman directed, and the material was culled from a single show.
“This feels good,” Jaycox says of his first special. “I feel like I’m in the next chapter. Before, you might go to a club and even if it’s sold out all weekend, it’s still only a small population of that area (that sees you). Now it’s easier for everyone to see me.”
Jaycox says viewers “get me, and just all the stuff I’ve been working on that encompasses me, my firefighting, my old jobs, how I see the world. I’m just telling the truth about everything that has happened to me the last couple of years, coming out of a breakup and coming out of the pandemic.”
His comedy style that unfolds on “Fast Food Fireworks” is best described in one word — silly.
“I’m silly. I like being silly. I don’t like to be serious on stage. I want everyone to have as much fun as I’m having, which is a lot. I like silly storytelling, telling exactly what happened from my point of view, and flipping all the bad into good,” says Jaycox, inspired by names such as Nikki Glaser, Bill Burr and Rory Scovel.
Bobby Jaycox’s “Fast Food Fireworks” Helium Comedy Studios special
He says Helium Comedy Club, whose stage he has graced many times, reached out with the inquiry about doing a special.
“I was like ‘absolutely,’” says Jaycox, who compares Helium Comedy Studios specials to Comedy Central Presents specials.
He’s the first St. Louis comic filmed for a Helium Comedy Studios special.
“They reached out six or seven months ago, we booked it, did it and flipped it. It was pretty quick. There were a lot of fast-moving parts.”
He had already seen Helium Comedy Studios specials from names like Alonzo Budden and John Dore and was impressed with the outcome.
“Those are two comics I look up to, and I wanted to get on board. And I know Helium and I trust Helium, so I said let’s do it and make something cool.”
He technically didn’t have to prepare for the special because he says as a comedian he’s “always preparing, always trying to make jokes better, always enhancing.”
The special marks his first time performing in Philadelphia. He loved the crowd at the filming of the special and was pleasantly surprised.
“Being a Midwest guy, you never know how stuff will relate wherever you go. The audience members were some of my favorites. The people were real and attentive. They care about what you have to say. I can’t wait to go back,” he says.
Jaycox started doing comedy with a gig in 2010 at the Funny Bone in Westport Plaza. Two things he remembered about that night — his then-girlfriend being tasked with recording the set and only getting half of it, and his being super nervous.
“It was my first time on stage, and it was very nerve-wracking, very frightening. My best friend (Chris Briggs) helped me prepare that day. I feel like I did OK. I definitely didn’t bomb.”
After it was over, his girlfriend asked if he’d gotten the comedy thing out of his system. But it was the opposite. He’d caught the comedy bug.
From there, all he wanted to do was keep working on comedy. He headed straight back to the open mic event at the Funny Bone before branching out to other stages.
It wasn’t too long before Nikki Glaser snatched him up to open for a weekend’s worth of shows in Kansas City. Glaser’s mother, Julie Glaser, along with Glaser herself, were early fans. In 2015, he quit working as a firefighter.
“Nikki helped me understand how the world of comedy works,” he says. He notes she saw he was in it for real, not just for a moment.
“I loved being a firefighter, but nothing at all is like being a comedian.”
What Ron Funches with Bobby Jaycox • When 7 p.m. Nov. 12 • Where Hot Java Bar, 4193 Manchester Avenue • How much $22.50 • More info flyovercomedyfest.com
Brandon Taylor performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Angela Smith performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Kenny Kinds performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Max Pryce performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Max Pryce performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Ronaldo Mercado performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
JC Sibala performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Chris Cyr performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Brandon Taylor performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Aaron Porter performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Meredith Hopping performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Chloe Smith (left) and David Boran, both of High Ridge, attend the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Tina Dybal performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
From the left, Elena Jove, Michael Roman and Sara Rohrbough, all of St. Louis, attend the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Kenny Kinds performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Bobby Jaycox performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Charlie Winfrey performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Will O’Donnell performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
From the left, Valerie Thompson, of Brentwood, Beverly Barnes, of Chesterfield, and Robin Jacobi, of St. Louis, attend the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Cole Hartfield (left) and Katie Meyer, both of St. Louis, attend the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Meredith Hopping performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Cesar (left) and Charity Mendoza, of St. Louis, attend the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Mark (left) and Linda Meissner, of St. Charles, attend the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
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Bobby Jaycox performs during the STLMADE Showcase as part of opening night of Flyover Comedy Festival at the Dogwood in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.
Bobby Jaycox’s “Fast Food Fireworks” Helium Comedy Studios special
Bobby Jaycox’s “Fast Food Fireworks” Helium Comedy Studios special
Bobby Jaycox’s “Fast Food Fireworks” Helium Comedy Studios special
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