Alabama comedian having fun with college football
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - College football conversations are pretty common during football season in Alabama. They happen the day before the game, game day, and last for days after. Everyone has an opinion and reaction to the weekend games, but one Alabama comedian is capitalizing on the love for football, and his social media accounts are blowing up.
"After we lost to Ole Miss, that was the first one," recalled Jermaine "Funnymaine" Johnson. "It was kind of therapeutic, and then it caught on."
When Alabama lost to Ole Miss in 2014 Johnson posted a video showing how the typical Alabama fan reacts during a ball game (the PG version). Little did he know his college football segment was about to go viral on social media.
"A lot of fans from other fan bases would hit me up and say, "Man, I'm like that too. I understand how you guys get down"," Johnson explained.
Johnson grew up in Opelika but moved to Birmingham in the fifth grade. He's been a standup comedian for more than a decade. With the help of social media, he's getting his name out there for the whole world to see. So far it's working out pretty well.
"I get just as many views a week as "Empire" does on Fox," Johnson said. "There's not a day that goes by that I'm not shocked or surprised. Social media has done what TV could not, or refused to do, for upcoming artists. There's a lot of talent out there, but TV feels like you have to look or act a certain way."
Johnson just gets to be himself, and people like it. He's a big time Bama fan but appeals to the college football masses with his reactions that remind many fans of themselves. So what does he have in store for the Iron Bowl?
"I've got a few tricks up my sleeve," he teased. "That's all I'm going to say."
We'll have to wait until Sunday morning at 7:30. Johnson usually stays up all night editing his video. Then he schedules it to post while he's still sleeping.
ON THE WEB: Here are some links to Johnson's Facebook and Twitter pages where you can see the next time he's performing live in Birmingham or around the South.
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