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Growing up, John Jackshaw says he was influenced by such greats as George Carlin, Johnny Carson, Jerry Seinfeld, and Rocky and Bullwinkel. Growing up, was
in and of itself quite an accomplishment for John, being born sixteen-weeks premature. "I was the first partial birth delivery," John says.
After losing his sight while obtaining a Broadcast Communications degree, at the University of Houston, he pursued a successful radio career. His unconventional
on-air antics set him apart from his peers, and served as a basis for his founding of Paradise Productions, a creative audio production company.
However, taking his radical vision of the world, out of the studio and on to the stage has been the most energizing and rewarding experience of all. John took it to the stage, for the first time, on New Year's Eve of 1995. Friends and audiences persuaded him to transform a pleasurable past time to a promising career, And now he is on his way, as only one of two blind touring comedians in the country.
Everything on the Third Rock, and beyond, is fair (or unfair) game for John's peculiar perspective. Whether it is a deranged serial hypnotist, Noah versus Cher,
airline antagonistics, his unique slant on the news of the day, or outrageous ramblings about being blind, John finds humor in all of it.
With a charismatic stage presence, and original clean material, John has made a name for himself as a top-notch prime time television quality comedian.
He can be edgy enough for comedy clubs, while adhering to his own clean style that makes him perfect for television, radio, corporate, and fund raising
Live audience interaction, from a variety of venues, has given John a firm grasp on the pulse of America’s funny bone, which he has skillfully translated into two volumes of radically hilarious essays entitled “My Blind Spot,”& "20-20 Dreamer" which adds depth and invision to many of the topics that John explores on stage, where live audiences may not be afforded all the details as John rockets from punch-line to punch-line, meeting the needs of an ever increasing ADHD world.
John Jackshaw’s first writing opportunities were realized in High School and college newspapers. Regardless of the assignment, his opinion and wit usually landed the piece on the editorial page.
At the University of Houston, studying Radio-TV communications, John found himself writing comedy for profit. He wrote, and ultimately starred in, a half hour Christmas comedy special, that was selected by the R-TV department as its’ annual seasonal television production, which aired on a local commercial station, as well as the university’s PBS affiliate.
More recently John’s perspective on Houston’s annual rodeo celebration was featured in Houston City Life magazine.
John continues to master the standup comedy stage, and is a contributing writer for a new television situation comedy pilot project; “Life in the Frying Pan,” in which John plays the part of a blind bar-tender and comedy club owner.
John's commentary, on the adventures and obstacles of life, proves that laughter does strike twice in the same place.