Not too many comedians have household names. Up the ante on the dirty jokes genre and there’s Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling.
The former Howard Stern comic talked to Boca Voice before his Jan. 5 show at the Rrazz Room in Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center.
Q: So this is your 40th year doing standup?
A: January is my anniversary of the first time I got paid for telling jokes and playing the guitar.
Q: You have way too much fun being politically incorrect. Did you do that from Day One or did it evolve?
A: I’ve been telling jokes since I was knee-high to nothing. I was a musician and told jokes in my rock ‘n’ roll band. In 1978 I started doing just me. You learn pretty early on that off-color jokes get more laughs.
I’ve always told the funniest jokes, so I never switched anything. The fact they’re dirty, that’s why people laugh the hardest. You don’t walk away any smarter, you just laugh for an hour.
Q: You made a name for yourself on the Howard Stern show from 1983 to 2001. But people still know it and what to expect when they see you perform.
A: I’ve been off the Stern show for a long time and a healthy amount of people know what they’re coming to see. It helps put people in the seats. I really get a kick out of it. My first paycheck with Stern, I was 38 years old.
Q: What brings you to Boca for the Jan. 5 show in Mizner Park? Just an agent-booked gig or warm weather or visiting?
A: The Rrazz Room has comedy clubs and this my third or fourth year here, my second year in Mizner. I worked at the New York Comedy Club that’s now the Boca Black Box.
Q: I see you Tweet a joke at 4:20 p.m. every day. Is that an ode to Trump?
A: They’re pretty foul. I’ve been doing it for five to seven years. I email jokes once a month to people who sign up at http://jokeland.com/
Q: What else are up to?
A: I’m on the radio in New York in Don Imus’ old spot. I do a podcast. It’s a fun life.
Q: Will you schmooze with fans after the show to take selfies and sign autographs?
A: I’ll sign anything and take pictures. I hang out until the last person is exhausted.
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By Marci Shatzman