Who Am I ?
An Introduction to JESSIE RICHARDSON
1: Who am I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a stand-up comedian and I am working on my stand-up comedy. It’s a never-ending process.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I am from Boston and right now I’m going to get some breakfast.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
That’s easy: my parents and step-parents. But as a woman in a male dominated industry, I would have to single out my mother. She was one of the first female lead anchors in broadcast journalism in the state of California and went on to have an amazing 30+ year television career in Boston, while simultaneously managing to raise me and my brother as well. She taught me to work hard, believe in myself, and never be afraid to ask for the things I want, because the worst anyone can tell me is “No.”
5: What book is your bible?
Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up. It’s an amazing autobiography about his career path in comedy, and I think it’s inspiring for anyone chasing a dream, no matter what business you’re in.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
My answer for both is New York. It’s a complicated city to live in: both amazing and awful at the same time. New York is like that emotionally abusive ex you just keep going back to because they make you feel alive.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I just had to Google that to figure out what it means. I guess, human connectivity, if that makes any sense. I guess my goal with stand-up, other than to make people laugh, is to say the things that people can relate to and help them realize they are not alone. Laughter connects people.
8: What is your favorite color?
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Batman. Every superhero should have a dark side.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Tandem Bar brunch. I go every weekend both Saturdays and Sundays. Delicious food, amazing bloody marys, and it’s only a couple blocks from my apartment.
11: What turns you on?
I’m not falling for this question again. The last time I was asked this, I said “tattoos,” but I guess they meant, ambition-wise. Momentum turns me on. I am at my best when I’m busy and working hard, otherwise, attempting to overcome obstacles seems futile.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: Do you have a backup plan if your career doesn’t go the way you hoped it would?
A: As of right now, no I don’t, and I hope that in a few years that will still be my answer.
Jessie Richardson is a stand-up comedian. She tell jokes across the country, anywhere from clubs to coffee shops–even once at a youth hostel where no one in the crowd spoke English.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Photography by Catie Taylor
Design by Jillian Mercado
Jessie Richardson, Brooklyn, NY, 2011, Photography by Catie Taylor