Jake Weisman is an LA based comedian and a member of WOMEN, a sketch comedy group that you can watch on IFC or Youtube if you’re a purist. He was nice enough to take time out of his cute ass schedule to answer my dumb ass questions. You should also follow him on Twitter
You’re in LA now, is that where you started standup?
Yes, I started doing stand-up about six years ago in Los Angeles and have lived here since I started. I started standing up, in general, about six months to a year after I was born.
How did you meet the rest of the members in WOMEN?
I met them all through open mics, doing stand-up. When you start doing comedy, you’re on your own and sad, lonely, broke and desperate. If you do it for awhile you watch a ton of comedy and meet some comics who have similar sensibilities. Then those people end up becoming your comedy slash business partners slash best friends for life.
Your newest sketch, “Still-Open Case Files”, was hilarious it reminded of an A&E show I’d watch hungover. What’s been your favorite sketch to film so far? I’m guessing “Look at Allen” has to be top five?
It’s hard to pick a favorite. It’s usually the last thing you’ve made that is your favorite. We have three more sketches coming out for IFC.com in the next month and all of them are my new favorite. This is a Sophie’s Choice situation, but both kids and the mother have to die. That doesn’t make sense, but Sophie’s Choice is so intense! Every time I hear the name Sophie I assume the person is French even though I know a Sophie who is not French at all. The brain works in mysterious ways!
How has it been now with IFC? I’m assuming a higher budget means bigger ideas but is it a bigger challenge to release a sketch now?
It’s been truly incredible to have money to make things. I mean, my dream is to be able to perform and/or make comedy and get paid for it, so this really is a dream come true. We made sketches for many years with no money and we had to fit our ideas to having no money. So, to have any money at all feels like a miracle. I don’t think it’s a bigger challenge now. We have had bigger ideas for years but couldn’t make them because we didn’t have the means to do them. But those years of making things with no money really taught us how to make something small look more expensive than it was. So I think when IFC decided to fund our videos, we were ready for the challenge. We know how to work as a team to make a little bit of money go a long way. Making things on your own, as a team, prepares you for so many things later in your career, I am finding.
You’re great on Twitter, I’ve heard of people doing it for standup but have any of your popular tweets inspired a sketch?
I think a few tweets have inspired sketches, actually! The thing is, we really believe in having hard jokes in our sketches, so that works well in terms of writing jokes on Twitter, and then translating them to sketch form. We also have short videos, usually, so often they are just one joke executed well and once the joke is over, the sketch is over. I think the sketch COMA we did for IFC started off as a tweet I wrote about how if people woke up from a coma nowadays they wouldn’t be that upset they lost all those years of life because weed is legal now. So stupid. But probably true. 420! 69! Bob Marley! Marijuana!
Your Instagram is inspiring also, who’s the last person you’ve vividly imagined stabbing? I could name at least three of mine off the bat. I am terrified of being stabbed. It is probably the worst way to die. The only people I want to stab are those damn minions.
Okay who do you fuck with more, B2K Omarion or Bow Wow while he was beefing with Lil Romeo?
I’m mad at Bow Wow for dropping the “Lil” from his name and I am a pretty big fan of Omarion because of his starring role in You Got Served. So, I guess Omarion. I think if you start your musical career with “Lil” in front of your name, you have to keep it. That’s just my philosophy. Fuck you Bow Wow! JK, love you babe.
What was the last thing you got unecessarily pissed about? I didn’t like that the ATM showed my account balance after I chose “no receipt”.
Probably the fact that I had to get two surgeries on my spine this summer and it has changed the course of my life for a little while.
Thanks for doing this even if it’s a complete waste of your time! Any upcoming projects or shows?
Please make sure to check out the WOMEN sketches on IFC.com coming out. And some other stuff coming up soon which I can’t announce yet but it will be awesome. That sounds so mysterious. Ooh I am so special!