Clean, observational stand-up comedy, with a cerebral bent, a musical background, and a social justice framework. Church-friendly.
JG entertained our department gathering and was fantastic. I cannot recommend him higher! Very funny, very relatable and had the room in the palm of his hand. We had a really great time being entertained by JG. In addition, Jelani was extremely easy to work with - he arrived on time, was ready to go and contributed to the evening's entertainment flowing seamlessly. Very professional, very great guy. Wow. Just an amazing evening. Thank you thank you thank you!!
We hired JG for a comedy night that doubled as a community outreach project. He did incredibly well working with a more conservative group of people, and it was still hilarious for the youth who were there. It was a really engaging and interactive experience as he led us in very amusing games that involved the crowd! All in all, everyone had an awesome time! Thanks JG!
JG the comic was a great fit for our event, he had material perfectly suited for the crowd and was exceptionally easy to work with!
What to Expect
JG can be:
--- an effective host/emcee, providing light commentary and banter between acts
--- a great opening act, with a variety of short-to-medium length bits for tight sets (5 to 7 minutes)
--- an engaging featured performer, mixing in more of a storytelling format along with some of the shorter bits, for a really fun extended set (8-12 minutes)
--- a commanding headliner, with a combination of broad, self-effacing humor, incisive social commentary, and several killer longer story-style bits, for a longer set (20-25 minutes)
He also incorporates his singing prowess into his act, and in scenarios where a piano or keyboard is present, can incorporate songs and musical interludes into a more audience-participation format.
Jelani Greenidge (a.k.a. JG the Comic) is a veteran speaker and musician with over two decades of performing experience, including four years of stand-up comedy. His previous career as a worship musician makes him an ideal choice for church crowds, but he's also played in a variety of clubs and bars around his native Portland. He's a graduate of the Alex Falcone ComedySportz Stand-Up Class of 2013, a performer in Helium Comedy's Portland's Funniest Contest, and has hosted several social-justice-themed comedy showcases, including a local charter school benefit. He's also a hip-hop emcee/producer, and host of the upcoming Shake It Break It Podcast.
Past Booked Events
|January 12, 2019 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm||Christmas Party|
|December 15, 2018 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
|August 06, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|February 18, 2017 • 7:00pm - 7:45pm||Nonprofit Event|
|January 21, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
Influences & Inspiration
Brian Regan, Hannibal Buress, W. Kamau Bell, Baron Vaughn, Steven Wright, Hari Kondabolu, Jim Gaffigan
Required equipment: a mic connected to a PA system