Could you tell us a bit about yourself? Where we’re you born and raised?
What up it’s Jordan Carter! I am a comedian, motivational speaker, actor, author, writer, and I was born and raised in Baltimore all my life. I live in California now executing my dream #followdafunny.
What was it like growing up there?
Awwww man…interesting. You had some good days you had some bad days. We was struggling but we loved each other like real blood. We built our relationships off loyalty like if you’re my brother I’d give you the shirt off my back. I got your back [and] you got mine from boxing in the streets to playing football on the parking lot. Some of my best memories happened in the hood. We had some wild stories like when my big brother rented a junky rental and taught everyone how to drive in the K-mart parking lot .
As a child, what did you want to become when you grew up?
A football player or a music producer [but] neither one worked out because I always was making jokes during practice and still playing around. I lost the passion for a lot of this new music .
What sparked your interest in comedy?
I loved making folks laugh telling my wild stories. I was funny in elementary school.
Who are your favorite comedians? How have they influenced you?
Favorite Martin Lawrence, Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart, Bernie Mac. I really like Ron G, Barry Brewer, London Brown Dave Butler, [and] Desi Alexender Keante Scott. Martin been my favorite since way back then. He is the G.O.A.T to me. Steve Harvey is somewhat what I want to be in the future. Kevin is like Lebron James to basketball; he is the greatest comedian of our time. Bernie’s story and his book amazed me. [I was] inspired by his book So You Never Have to Cry Again.
When did you start telling jokes?
I been telling jokes forever. Writing or organizing jokes is different then sitting on the block making the homies laugh.
What made you decide to become a comedian?
I only been good at one thing in my life and that’s making people laugh. I never was a fake tough guy. I always had conduct interfere with learning in school because I always used to being silly being goofy making jokes.
How do you develop new material?
I go around family, friends, and people that’s not comedians to just observe.
Where does your inspiration come from?
My grandmother. My neighborhood. My people. The little kid that’s at home writing that the World hasn’t seen yet. I used to be homeless and broke. I ain’t going back there never.
What do you like most about what you do?
I can be me anywhere I go. I bring people together from different religions and races ages through laughter. That’s love .
What’s it like being on stage during a stand up routine?
It’s supposed to be like you sitting in the living room talking in conversation saying your point of view. It can be different sometimes. It’s important to know your audience.
What’s one of your funniest experiences?
Awwww man I had a lot. My first time in LA, I bombed bad. I came back home and told everyone I killed. I stayed in this dirty busted down motel with the blow up bed on the floor. There was a porch chair in the room and palms over the bed bars on the window. It looked like someone was praying to get out of there .
What advice do you have for aspiring comics?
Keep grinding. Keep going. Don’t allow nobody to stop your dream. I went from homeless and broke to having my own brand, car, and spot. Keep your relationships strong don’t burn bridges.
Why do you think it’s important to follow your dream?
You going regret it the rest of your life if you don’t. I can’t go a day not thinking about comedy or jokes.
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