I grew up probably like most people around my age. In a suburb outside of a major city during a boom economy. I had two power wheels! People wonder why millennials are so cynical. Well, try owning two cars before you’re ten and owning zero in your thirties.
As part of our series about the rising stars of popular culture, I had the pleasure to interview Jared Freid. Jared is the host of The JTrain Podcast and Co-Host of Betches’ U Up?, is a comedian based out of New York City and originally from the Boston suburb of Needham, Massachusetts. His comedy is current and reflects the ordinary daily thoughts of everyone you know, especially if everyone you know is a millennial, obsessed with dating apps, trying to be a real adult and worried about their body. (For the record, Jared’s mom thinks his body is “just fine”). He’s a regular at the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham, Stand Up New York and Comix at Mohegan Sun. He also had the honor of performing for the 2017 “New Faces” showcase at the 35th annual Just For Laughs festival in Montréal. His television presence has been amping up. He’s currently starring in the Snapchat series “How Low Will You Go?” He’s recently been featured on MTV2’s new series “Vidiots” as well as TruTV’s “NFL Full Contact,” MTV’s “Failosophy,” NBC’s “The Today Show,” NFL Network’s “Top Ten,” and AXS TV’s “Gotham Comedy Live.” His weekly The JTrain Podcast is booming and now touring live around the country. It’s already at over 450,000 listeners per month and regularly in the iTunes top 100. Guests have included: Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Colin Quinn, Sal Vulcano, Bert Kreischer, Dave Attell, Michelle Wolf and more. The show has a cult following of loyal fans. It’s been called “A Dear Abby for Dudes” which is why both men and women tune in religiously. Additionally, he co-hosts a modern dating podcast called “U Up?” with Jordana Abraham of Betches where they discuss their take on modern dating with issues ranging from apps to hookups to relationships. Jared’s fans also seek out his voice in the online publishing world. He’s written for TotalFratMove, BroBible, Betches, and HeTexted. His columns delve into everything from sports to “The Bachelor” to the pitfalls of dating in the information age. His writing has both sides of the aisle nodding their head while thinking, “I’ve been on the toilet way too long.”
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
Probably like most people around my age. In a suburb outside of a major city during a boom economy. I had two power wheels! People wonder why millennials are so cynical. Well, try owning two cars before you’re ten and owning zero in your thirties.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
I loved the feeling of writing an email to a group of friends and having one of them writing me back off the group email saying, “LOL.” Just the acknowledgement that I was “off group email worthy” felt great. So comedy was a way of getting that drug as much as possible.
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
One time I drove Gilbert Gottfried to Maine from New York City and he sat in the backseat the whole time. He was really nice but the dynamic was really funny.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Telling any of my friends and family. I’m sure that would’ve been way funnier to watch than it was to experience. I learned that telling someone your dream is a lot like telling someone your dream from the night before. They don’t really care and they’re going to lie that it’s interesting.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
The stand up album is exciting. It’s my first. Most of my followers are from my podcast or me yelling at the Bachelor. I think the stand up album is the older cousin to the podcast. The older artistic cousin who always had it but never had the proper outlets until now.
We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
The business of comedy places me in some of the most diverse surroundings I’ve ever been to. I talk with more people from different backgrounds than anyone I know from growing up. That has made me a better comic and person.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
I only wish that every time I wasn’t having fun, someone would say, “BOOOOO WHOOOOOOO I’M MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH LIFEE ISSSS SOOOO BADD!!!!” so that I would shut up and realize how good I have it.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
That “BOOO WHOOOO” trick is a really good one. I say it in the mirror once a week.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
I’d make it so the shampoo and soap at hotels are placed in the shower as opposed to next to the sink.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
When I told my parents that I wanted to do comedy they were like, “Sure.” They weren’t happy but they weren’t mad. Just meh. I think that’s the best reaction someone could have. “Do you” is a really good way to say that you support but nobody really cares what you do as long as you’re working hard.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Beach By Noon.”
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂
Ted Sarandos at Netflix.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
JaredFreid on Instagram. That’s the hub of my wheel and where I do my best yelling.