Al Jackson has been doing standup comedy for about six years, and he's played some tough rooms. None, though, was tougher than the classroom where he taught seventh graders in Miami. "You think you're the funny teacher," he says, "but when you're 26 and they are all 12-year-olds, they think you're old and washed up. [They] don't think you're funny at all, and they do a lot to undermine your confidence. They're like, 'Whatever, old man!'" Despite the response from his students, Jackson started looking into open mics, but not to satisfy some artistic need. He was simply looking for something to do at night. "I had never told a joke before, never written a joke," he says. "I went out to the open mic, people laughed a little bit, came back the next week, people laughed some more, and next thing you know I'm headed to Minneapolis for the weekend." Obviously, he has enjoyed the career move. "I came up really fast. I was headlining clubs after two and a half years. The business has been great to me so far. Not many people can say that about show business." He currently hosts a show on CBBC (Children's British Broadcasting Corporation) called Truly Amazing, where he watches people break world records. He will also appear in several episodes of the FX series Legit. Onstage, he talks about being married and having a family. "I discovered my six-year-old has a photographic memory," he says. "So I'm now officially too dumb to talk to my own son." Mike Lester features.
Thu., March 13, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Starts: March 13. Continues through March 15, 2014