After spending several years as a 7th grade public school teacher, Al Jackson decided he was ready to pursue his dream of performing comedy. Jackson delivers his edgy, hard-nosed comedy with a laid-back swagger and a giant smile.
Al has been seen on television screens across America, most recently coaching an aspiring stand-up comic on MTV’s Made and his upcoming half hour Comedy Central Presents premiering February 2011.
Al’s first TV appearance came in 2004 when he was featured on multiple episodes of Last Comic Standing. NBC went on that year to recognize Jackson as a finalist in their Stand up for Diversity contest. A 2006 appearance on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham led to a segment on Comedy Central’s Friday Night Stand-up and being named as a national spokesman for Comedy Central’s Address The Mess Campaign to advance awareness of social issues. He was also featured in commercials for Comedy Central and Burger King. 2008 saw appearances on the show MTV’s MVP’s, a recurring role on F’N MTV for the MTV Network as well as a return to NBC on Last Comic Standing which included a dedicated five minute profile segment. Online, Al can be found reviewing films for Current TV and the Webby nominated web program, The Weekly Evil for Comedy Central. Al Jackson has been heavily featured on XM Radio Comedy Channel 150 since 2006, is a regular guest on the syndicated Cooper Lawrence Show, has had multiple appearances on the Opie and Anthony Show on XM Radio and in 2010 made his debut appearance on the Bob and Tom Show making him part of an elite group of comics invited to sit on the live syndicated program.
Al has appeared in numerous competitions and festivals, having won The Maxim Magazine Real Men of Comedy contest, as well as reaching the finals of the 2007 Boston Comedy Festival. He went on to receive rave reviews for his 2006 performance at the HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festival and in 2009 appeared at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada where he was recognized as being one of the best of the festival and praised for his performance in The Hollywood Reporter.
Al currently headlines clubs across the country where his brand of comedy has bookers and fans calling for his return time and time again.