Big Jay Oakerson
|Big Jay Oakerson|
Big Jay Oakerson performing at The Stand in May 2016.
|Born||December 7, 1977|
|Medium||Stand-up, radio, television|
Life and career
Oakerson grew up in Philadelphia. His mother worked full-time, and his father was absent. He enrolled at Camden County Community College but left after a month to pursue comedy. He worked as a chauffeur/bouncer for strippers and children's parties to make ends meet. He has opened for Dave Attell and toured with Korn before touring as a headliner.
His television credits include Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Comedy Central Presents, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and This Is Not Happening with Ari Shaffir, along with multiple appearances on BET's Comic View, HBO's P. Diddy's Bad Boys of Comedy and Crashing. He co-hosted Movies on Tap on Spike TV. He played Neil on the series Z Rock and appeared in the pilot episode of Louie, as well as an episode in the third season. On December 1, 2014, Oakerson headlined a free charity show for supporters of morning show Preston & Steve and radio station WMMR in Philadelphia for the annual Campout for Hunger which supports Philabundance. On June 17, 2016, Oakerson released his first hour long special titled, Live At Webster Hall. The Bonfire airs Monday through Thursday at 6pm est. He also hosted Big Jay Oakerson's What's Your F@%king Deal?! on Seeso.
Podcast and radio show host
Oakerson hosts a podcast called Legion of Skanks with Luis J. Gomez and Dave Smith. He also co-hosts the podcast The SDR Show on Gas Digital Network's station with Ralph Sutton who co-owns the network with Luis J. Gomez. Oakerson co-hosts The Bonfire on Sirius XM's Comedy Central station with fellow comedian, Dan Soder.
Oakerson is separated from his wife Carla Oakerson; they share custody of their daughter, Izabella.
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