Stand-up comics Richard Douglas Jones and Jowa Horn are co-hosting a comedy showcase at the P&H Cafe called Positive Black Role Models. But when you've got Jones, the host of the Black Nerd Power podcast on the telephone, nerd questions get asked. Questions like, "The Joker? Really? They're ruining the Joker now? Why doesn't DC just throw in the towel and start all over again with secondary characters like The Question or maybe Martian Manhunter?"
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"Just reboot," Jones says, confidently shrugging at the comic-book movie franchise's apparent disregard for continuity. "If the Spider-Man movies have taught us anything, it's that you can reboot as much as you want and nobody cares." Spidey's been on Jones' mind since the new PlayStation game came out. The ability to "thwip" around Manhattan and web up criminals has threatened to keep him from making proper rounds at the comedy festivals he's supposed to be working. "I told myself you cannot just sit in your room and play Spider-Man all day," he says responsibly. That super-ability to rip himself away from a console even when the gaming is awesome is just one of the many things that make Richard Douglas Jones a positive role model.
"In my real life, I would hope I'm a role model to at least one or two people," Jones says, returning to the theme of his comedy show. "My daughter's still one right now, so I have to compete with Elmo and Super Grover, and I usually lose."
The Positive Black Role Models show was the brainchild of comic and producer, Judaea Driscoll. "In her life, at least, Jowa and I have been kind of like mentors," Jones says. "Jowa is the good cop. I'm the one who's like, 'WTF are you doing?'"
Positive Black Role Models is a showcase for up-and-coming comedian James Powell; queer comedy with Basial Isby; Mason King, who spins funny stories about life as the son of a pastor; and veteran stand-up comic Reggie Junior.