Jason Collings: JASON COLLINGS
Jason Collings spent his youth growing up in the heart of Long Beach, CA with his identical twin brother, mom and dad. During his elementary days, Jason was known for being a bit of a jokester. This passion for humor only intensified as he reached his teen years. Lacking focus, Jason's father put him into martial arts at age 12. Jason later went on to compete in tournaments and win several local and national 1st place titles. He gained prominent status in the fighting word and eventually trained side by side with Royce Gracie. When other stand up comedians were beginning their careers, Jason, at age 21, was opening his own Martial Arts School.
As his passion for Martial Arts grew, so did his passion for comedy. He began idolizing comics like George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Jim Carrey. He would breathe in every 'special' he could get his hands. He began to wonder if he too could be a stand up comedian. This dream became more practical when the gravity of reality struck at the heart of his career. At age 34, Jason sustained a major leg injury during training and he was told that he would never run again. Jason found his career in Martial Arts coming to a screeching halt.
At age 35, after a long recovery from surgery, Jason knew he needed to consider a new career. While continuing to run a successful school, he decided to look up his first and long time love, comedy. He began writing material based on his life experiences, his family and his two boys. Unknowingly, Jason's ultimate decision to step on stage would rest on one more pivotal moment.
In 2006, Jason’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Knowing that it may be his father’s only chance to see him on stage, Jason made it his purpose to find a decent venue. He convinced a local Hollywood club to give him stage time, saying that he had been doing it for several years. 15 Minutes later, Jason found his purpose. The club made him an instant weekly regular never knowing that he fibbed his way in the door.
Like 99% of all other comedians, Jason has always had a love for comedy. It has been in his heart since he was just a small boy. The 1% percent that makes him different is that in only 3 years time, he has sky rocketed ahead of the pack. Starting his career at age 35, he has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in comedy. He has toured with Jo Koy and most recently, Carlos Mencia. He is a well known regular at major comedy clubs including The Improv, The Laugh Factory, The Ice House, The Punchline and The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. Jason's unique brand of observational humor and his ability to paint a picture with his physical comedy will have you falling out of your seats and begging for more.
"All I care about is being on stage and doing comedy.” Jason Collings
Joe Sib: Joe Sib is a man who wears many hats. So many hats that he doesn’t get much sleep—and that’s just the way he likes it. Sib spent the 90s playing in punk rock bands with a relentless touring around the world, then moved behind the scenes as co-owner of Side One Dummy Records where he signed and released albums from bands such as Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem, ANTI-FLAG, and many more. Ever the music enthusiast with a wealth of stories only a touring musician could boast, Sib began hosting the Complete Control radio show in 2004, which airs in seven cities across the country, including 98.7FM in Los Angeles. Instead of abating Sib’s energy, the show simply added more fuel to the fire and spawned not only his one-man show–California Calling: A Story of Growing Up Punk Rock—but also an unexpected leap into standup comedy.
California Calling is a 70-minute “broken word” roller coaster ride delivered with enough energy and passion to power an entire city. Sib began performing his multi-media show in 2009 and held residencies at the renowned Largo at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and performed to a sold-out crowd at the Punchline Comedy Club in San Francisco, CA during the 2011 SF Sketchfest. From there Sib took the show on the road and eventually began breaking the one-man show down into smaller bits. He took the stage at the 2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX (he has been invited back for 2012) as well as the 2012 FYF Fest in Los Angeles.
As Sib’s craft grew, it transformed and took on new dimensions and made the natural transition into straight up stand-up. Sib continues to work like a mad man, hitting the comedy circuits and making a name for himself in the comedy scene. Bringing the charisma and presence of a frontman who’s used to commanding massive crowds, boundless energy and enthusiasm of a teenager, and the relatable everyday experiences of family, friends, jobs, and music, Sib’s created his own unique brand of stand-up. Sib is an all around funny guy and family man who gets it. To hash out new material, he pops in to Los Angeles and Orange County-area comedy clubs regularly.
Last year, in conjunction with the Hollywood Laugh Factory, Sib established The Bare Bones Show, the ultimate version of the modern day variety show. Every third Thursday of each month, Sib hosts and cureates a night made up of the best comics, story tellers, magicians, and musicians. The only way to describe the show is “planned chaos” because you never know who might show up, get on stage and hijack the night. Aziz Ansari , Dane Cook, Bobby Lee, Daniel Tosh, Chris D’Elia, and Iliza Shlesinger are just a handful of comics blatantly name-dropped here who have stopped by The Bare Bones Show unannounced.
Musician, label owner, radio host, stand-up comic, a husband and father of two… no wonder Joe Sib never sleeps these days! If you get the chance be sure and check out Sib on stage performing and hosting his own DIY take on comedy, breaking rules and making his own.
“At this point in my life,” reflects Sib, “there’s no turning back. My kids’ friends are always saying to them, ‘Why is your dad always dressed in black? Your dad skateboards?! Did your dad just call you ‘dude?’” That’s Joe Sib.
Are you coming to Hollywood California? Catch Joe Sib at The Hollywood Laugh Factory every third Thursday of the month at 10pm for The Bare Bones Show. The Bare Bones Show is the 2012 version of the ultimate variety show. Sib host’s the night made up of the best comics, story tellers, magicians, and musicians! The only way to describe the show is “planned chaos” because you never know who might show up, get on stage and hijack the night. Here are just some of the comics who have stopped by unannounced Aziz Ansari, Bobby Lee, Dane Cook, Daniel Tosh, Chris Delia, and Iliza Shlesinger. Hope to see you there!