Sunday, December 10, 2023

Brews and Tunes: Meet Local Comic Jounte Ferguson

Jounte Ferguson has been doing standup at every opportunity all over Hampton Roads for the better part of a decade. (Courtesy of Jonte Ferguson)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — It is probably an over simplification to say that in order to make it big in the world of comedy, a person needs a combination of talent, work ethic, and opportunity. Local comic Jounte Ferguson (pronounced Jon-Tae) has plenty of talent and work ethic which has resulted in a lot of opportunities.

A veteran of standup and sketch comedy stages located in all corners of Hampton Roads, Jounte delivers his sets with with a humorous and observational tone. Over the last few months, he has been using his talents to host the weekly Open Mic Night at Cozzy’s Comedy Club in Newport News.

Here are some quick facts about Jounte Ferguson.

Q: What or who inspired you to get into comedy?

A: Originally I was just wanting to do comedy skits. But I realized that I had to depend on other people. After awhile, I got annoyed because I would schedule things like practices and shows and people would not show up. So I figured with standup, I don’t have to worry about anyone else.

Q: When and where was one of your best standup sets?

A: I was at the FunnyBone in Virginia Beach doing a comedy competition. I had some jokes planned before the show, but the lady who did the set before mine was talking about the dating scene. I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got jokes about that.’ So I got up and told three jokes and got a 19-seconds of applause. I still lost the competition, but it was cool.

Q: What do you like about Open Mics?

A: I started going to open mics year ago just to get better. At first I didn’t like the rules about language and not being able to say certain words, but after awhile I understood. It showed me that if you want to get hired for professional, quality work, you have to be able to follow the rules.

Q: Where can people see you perform next?

A: The Happy Café, 1270 Diamond Springs Rd. Virginia Beach on April 16 at 8 p.m. It will be a comedy showcase featuring local comics Jessica Liz and Nick Deez and headliner Christian Johnson. Jounte can also be seen every Thursday night at Cozzy’s starting 8 p.m.

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