I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t know much about comedian Jon Huck before I listened to his amazing album, “Fantasticular Hilaritation,” which if you couldn’t tell is fantastic, testicular, hilarious, and irritation all in one title. But that doesn’t even explain the half of it in his insane routine that made me fall out of my seat laughing. OK, maybe not literally, but I did throw my head back due to uncontrollable fits of giggles. Huck is a talented performer, who aside from stand-up has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and was a prominent part of Punk’d in which he portrayed many different characters.
Basically, Huck is a funny guy. I know – duh – but people should learn about him because he’s quite an interesting fellow.
For example, the start of his career began with a little prompting from his mom. ”I was living in LA doing nothing,” said Huck. “She suggested I go tell jokes on stage somewhere. I laughed at her and said something like: ‘you can’t just go tell jokes on stage somewhere…’ Turns out – you can. Not the first time I was wrong. ”
That veiled admission about being wrong sometimes may be a reference to when Huck was involved with drugs, and although drugs never really seem to help (I know I’m preaching here), they actually influenced his comedy quite a bit. In fact, more than one of his comedic influences have been extraordinary, including a life-threatening experience as a late teen.
One of the tracks on the album transitions into a joke about cancer. He mentions that if someone has had a disease or illness they are allowed to make fun of it, which is a legitimate suggestion I suppose. This is why he feels he is allowed to put in his comedic two cents about cancer. It’s strange as he speaks so nonchalantly about the difficult subject. When he was 19 years old, attending his second semester of college at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had to undergo chemo for four months and had his right testicle removed. Comedy Central put it the best when they said, “Jon Huck beat cancer like he was Ralph Macchio in the Karate Kid and the cancer was Johnny.”
Huck is not the most discreet person in the world and thus carries a lot of interesting baggage. In his new album he covers a wide variety of obscure and random topics such as mermaid sex (make sure it is not a dolphin) and what he would do if he were ever put on death row.
When asked about his album from Zoiks! Online he said, “It starts out great. Then I talk about my testicles. Then things get really funny. And by the end you’ll probably just be annoyed. It’s 40 minutes of me making fun of myself. I also make fun of my brother for doing and saying things that were actually done and said by me. It ends with a great poop story. They can expect to laugh, cry & love… not because of my comedy… just because those are pretty human things to do.”
After listening to the album, I felt genuinely content. I don’t know if it was the outrageous poop story at the end, or Huck making me want to attend a mind-blowing beer festival in Germany (which by the way ends at only 11 PM). Either way, “Fantasticular Hilaritation” is raving mad with a tinge of brilliance and just the perfect amount of Huck.
You can listen and order Jon’s “Fantasticular Hilaritation” at iTunes by clicking here. To see more of Jon, watch his performance at the world famous Ice House.
About the Author: I have a Bachelor's of Arts in English/Creative Writing and minor in Dance with the aspirations to become a young adult fiction writer! Of course, in my spare time I freakishly love cleaning, taking photographs, watching a good movie, dancing like a baboon and having a mad crush on Andy Samberg. I believe comedy is vital and am excited to be a part of AmericasComedy.Com!