- Full Name Jeremiah Watkins
- Occupation Stand-up Comedian, Writer, Director, Producer
- Nationality American
Jeremiah Watkins | BiographyWatkins is the writer, composer and executive producer of the TV series 'Scissor Bros' that began in 2021
Watkins' one-hour comic special, 'Family Reunion' (2020), features segments ranging from getting verbally assaulted by his mother and later being hugged, to teasing the audiences, telling his personal experiences of courtship through marriage, and analysis of his absurd physicality and personality, in front of his family and hometown friends.
Jeremiah Watkins is a stand-up comedian famous for his one-hour special 'Family Reunion' (2020).
Who is Jeremiah Watkins?
Watkins is a stand-up comedian who has performed on well-regarded stages, namely, Just for Laughs, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, TBS's New York Comedy Festival, South by Southwest, Riot LA, Moontower, and many more. He is famous for his 2020 one-hour special, Family Reunion.
Besides, he performs on Stand-Up On The Spot with Jeremiah Watkins alongside other comedians. The program focuses on impromptu, on-the-spot stand-up performances with content ideas coming from audiences. Moreover, he has appeared on entertainment programs such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2016-2017), Animeme (2012-2014), AwesomenessTV (2013), among many others.
Early life and Education
Watkins' birthday falls on 15 December. He was born and raised in Kansas, US. Watkins possessed an entertaining presence since birth. His mother propped him up as Santa Claus while taking him home from the hospital. Furthermore, throughout his childhood, he performed, sang, and practiced impersonation. He was named the "new funny guy" when he attended his middle school in a new district. In high school, he performed hilarious music videos, skits, and broadcasting bits which catapulted him to several state and national honors. Watkins completed his high school studies at Blue Valley High School.
Watkins pursued an on-air job at a local Kansas City radio station at the age of 19. A year later, he relocated to Los Angeles to follow his ambition of joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, a late-night comedy showcase. Since then, with his energetic enthusiasm and impromptu approaches, Watkins groomed himself as a robust stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. He performed at Just for Laughs, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, TBS's New York Comedy Festival, South by Southwest, Riot LA, Moontower, and many other festivals throughout the country. Furthermore, he was placed 2nd in the 2015 Big Sky Comedy Festival.
Watkins' one-hour comic special, Family Reunion (2020), features segments ranging from getting verbally assaulted by his mother and later being hugged, to teasing the audiences, telling his personal experiences of courtship through marriage, and analysis of his absurd physicality and personality, in front of his family and hometown friends.
Family Reunion was one of the most unusual and honest specials featuring rare family interviews. On the contrary, he was caught aback by his parents' surprise appearance in the front row of the venue, which he characterizes as a comedian's nightmare.
However, without backing down, he confidently went on with his jokes, including an incest joke about having a threesome. About the joke, he declared, "That is the best family incest joke you will hear in Kansas City on a Friday night, guaranteed. I have them all here, how awkward is this for me? You think it's awkward for them?! I'm comin' to you guys now. I was timid at the beginning, but I'm losin' it up here!"
'Stand-Up On The Spot with Jeremiah Watkins'
Watkins was credited as the comic who reintroduced humor by Judd Apatow, an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and comedian.
Watkins performs at the comedy show Stand-Up On The Spot with Jeremiah Watkins, which GQ addressed as the "5 Funniest Nights in America." Running since 2010, this comedy program has stunned onlookers in Los Angeles with its unique concept. The show presents numerous comedians as they take the stage without any preparation and interact with audiences to perform on-the-spot stand-ups withholding the suggestions provided by the audiences themselves.
Watkins bears numerous big-screen credits. He was featured on several entertaining TV series, namely, Paulilu Mixtape (2012), America's Court with Judge Ross (2012), Hey Santa (2013), AwesomenessTV (2013), Ghost Friend (2013), Animeme (2012-2014), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2016-2017), The Comedy Jam (2017), Business Doing Pleasure (2017), I'm Dying Up Here (2017), and many more. Also, he was one of the cast members of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (2016-2017), a show in which comedians battled to say the most offensive things they could talk about one another.
Moreover, he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the one-hour TV special Jeremiah Watkins: Family Reunion (2020). Also, he wrote and directed the TV series Ghost Friend (2013), wrote, composed, and executive produced the 2021 TV series Scissor Bros.
Besides, he appeared as Wakins himself in the series and shows, namely Kill Tony (2013), The Josh Macuga Show (2017), Screen Junkies Movie Fights (2018), Jeremiah Watkins and the Green Beret Heckler (2019), Lights Out with David Spade (2020), The Funny Dance Show (2020), and Road Kill (2020).
Watkins is married to Maja Watkins. Having a brother on the autism spectrum, Maja studied early childhood development with an emphasis on special needs and bears enough experience in improv school and special needs classrooms.
Furthermore, Maja is the founder of Zip Zap Zop, an organization dedicated to ensuring that people with special needs have every chance to be as integrated into society as possible. She has also written a book titled 'The Brain's Playground: Using Improv Games To Teach Social And Emotional Learning,' released on 1 January 2020. The book aims to disseminate information on utilizing improv games to teach social skills to children of all abilities.
The couple has a son born on 8 April 2021.