Jeremiah Watkins: Still the Best

May 9, 2022

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Nick Larson


Valerie Lopez


Valerie Lopez

2022 Moontower Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Series

The Moontower Comedy Festival has returned in 2022 under the umbrella of Just For Laughs and blessed us with 10 days of comedy, film, live podcast, and afterparties. Comedy Wham is featuring our favorite conversations from this year's festival. Enjoy!

This arti­cle marks our fifth con­ver­sa­tion with Jere­mi­ah Watkins, and we’re going kick off with a cel­e­bra­tion of Watkins’ inau­gu­ra­tion into the Wham of Fame — an hon­or bestowed upon him by his good friend and fel­low LA com­ic, Avery Pear­son. (Stay tuned for our inter­view with Pear­son lat­er in this 2022 Moon­tow­er Series!)

Giv­en Watkins’ sta­tus as our most fre­quent guest, the Wham of Fame is pleased to cel­e­brate his suc­cess­es. And since Sep­tem­ber 2021 (our last Moon­tow­er con­ver­sa­tion), Watkins has had sev­er­al suc­cess­es worth cel­e­brat­ing. His solo pod­cast, Jere­mi­ah Won­ders (launched in 2018) has flour­ished, not to men­tion his pod­cast with Steve Lee called Scis­sor Broth­ers (launched in 2021). With Jere­mi­ah Won­ders being one of my per­son­al favorites, I’ve loved see­ing the show land big­ger and big­ger guests — a sure indi­ca­tion, of his own ris­ing star­dom in the com­e­dy world. Yet anoth­er sign of his veloc­i­ty in the grad­u­a­tion of his long-run­ning Standup on the Spot show­case (where comics solic­it audi­ence sug­ges­tions and impro­vise their sets) from a stan­dard live show to a full-fledged series record­ed at the world-famous Com­e­dy Store. The Com­e­dy Store does­n’t allow any old Joe Schmoe record in its venue, so the fact that Watkins’ trade­mark show was giv­en the bless­ing cer­tain­ly cements him in Com­e­dy Store his­to­ry. Right along with his cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th Anniver­sary of the Com­e­dy Store, where he was moved that the famous wall of pho­tographs toward the Orig­i­nal Room includ­ed 3 pic­tures of him. We’d be remiss if we did­n’t men­tion that his son just cel­e­brat­ed his first birth­day — a fact that Watkins is incred­i­bly proud to celebrate.

It's definitely a mentality more and more all the time of betting on myself even farther and farther, and really putting all the chips on myself
Jeremiah Watkins

Much of our con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing the 2022 Moon­tow­er Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val cen­tered around two themes — what’s changed in the five years since our first inter­view togeth­er and what the next five years may hold. From the for­mer top­ic, we took stock of Watkins’ evo­lu­tion from ensem­ble per­former to solo per­former. Of course, the lat­est shift away from ensem­ble play­er, hit me a bit hard. Every time I’ve attend­ed Josh Adam Mey­er’s God­damn Com­e­dy Jam at Moon­tow­er Com­e­dy Fes­ti­val, Watkins has served as Mosh Pit, the hype man for the Jam. This is the first year that he’s stepped down from his role as Mosh Pit and while it’s a sad moment for me per­son­al­ly, it was a nec­es­sary move for Watkins. Over the last five years, he’s delib­er­ate­ly made the shift from the ensem­ble play­er to bet­ting on him­self. Watkins affirms this by say­ing it’s def­i­nite­ly a men­tal­i­ty more and more all the time of bet­ting on myself even far­ther and far­ther, and real­ly putting all the chips on myself”. This shift is evi­denced by the con­sis­tent tour­ing he’s been doing as a head­lin­er, the devel­op­ment of his act­ing and voice-over career, and the launch of his new web series Standup on the Spot. As he puts it, focus­ing on standup is allow­ing him to focus on who he con­sid­ers him­self to be at the root of his iden­ti­ty. Said anoth­er way For many years I was in some­one else’s car, and now I’m dri­ving the car that I own.”

Watkins has been doing Standup on the Spot for 12 years and the recent momen­tum he’s enjoyed has not only allowed him to bring the impro­vised standup show on the road — as a sup­ple­ment to his head­lin­er shows, as well as a fes­ti­val show (includ­ing sev­er­al years of appear­ances at Moon­tow­er) — but has allowed him to bro­ker a deal with The Com­e­dy Store to film the show at the Store for release on his per­son­al net­work as a web series. The series offi­cial­ly launched on April 25, 2022 and you can catch new episodes by fol­low­ing Watkins, as he is a ded­i­cat­ed pro­mot­er of his many projects.

Anoth­er new­er Watkins project is the afore­men­tioned Scis­sor Broth­ers pod­cast with Steve Lee. The pod­cast just turned a year old and has gar­nered him a lot of atten­tion; for­tu­nate­ly, it has been very pos­i­tive. Watkins laughs, I think we have one of the most pos­i­tive YouTube com­ments sec­tion of any. Because we real­ly try to put that out there. … we’re just not about hav­ing any neg­a­tive peo­ple in our lives.” And if you spend any amount of time around Watkins, you’ll see that.

I think we have one of the most positive YouTube comments section of any. Because we really try to put that out there. ....we're just not about having any negative people in our lives.
Jeremiah Watkins

With his recent suc­cess, I took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to ask what he thought we’d be talk­ing about in five years. He hopes to con­tin­ue sur­round­ing him­self with pos­i­tive, syn­er­gis­tic peo­ple, and he envi­sions his DIY work and pro­mo­tion efforts will have paid off even more in the future. It was par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ing to note that in our very first con­ver­sa­tion five years ago Watkins men­tioned a goal of being on a sketch show — either Sat­ur­day Night Live or one of his own cre­ation. That aspi­ra­tion remains, and he (and we) would love to see that come to fruition five years from now. As long as Watkins con­tin­ues to move for­ward with the same veloc­i­ty as the last five years, we have no doubt that we’ll be talk­ing about a whole new slew of accom­plish­ments and suc­cess­es dur­ing our ten year recap con­ver­sa­tion Of course, the true beau­ty of Jere­mi­ah Watkins is that even with all the hard work he puts into his standup career, he is a loy­al fam­i­ly man, and an incred­i­bly nice guy to boot. (We dou­ble dog dare you to find any­one that has an ill word to say about Watkins). Real­ly though, we could­n’t sum­ma­rize the state of Watkins any bet­ter than his good friend Avery Pear­son did: You’re the best.” We’ve been say­ing that since 2017, where the title of our first inter­view with Watkins was sim­ply You’re the Best”.

Thank you to Avery Pear­son for the orig­i­nal song Wham of Fame”

Fol­low Jeremiah

Jere­mi­ah can be seen and heard:

  • Debut Spe­cial: Jere­mi­ah Watkins: Fam­i­ly Reunion (Ama­zon, Google Play, Apple TV)
  • Pod­casts (avail­able on Youtube and your favorite pod­cast player)
    • The Scis­sor Bros
    • Jere­mi­ah Wonders
    • The Build­ing Years
  • Album — Regan and Watkins (2019)
  • Host­ed Shows — Standup on the Spot at The Com­e­dy Store
  • Video Series
    • Standup on the Spot (debut April 252022)
    • How to Get Fired” video series fea­tur­ing Josh Wolf
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Jeremiah Watkins