Super Jewess: Comedian Jackie Gold
Comedian Jackie Gold isn’t afraid to go there. In her stand-up act and on her new album, “Maximum Occupancy,” she talks about dating, intimacy, reality TV, and even the Long Island medium… all without any sort of filter.
“Maximum Occupancy,” which was available for pre-order in early November, already reached number one on the comedy albums section of iTunes. It was officially released on November 8, 2017.
Gold, a Los Angeles-based comedian, said her style is to push buttons while making people laugh.
“I’ve always been the one to say the most inappropriate thing,” she said. “Whatever I say is in the back of people’s minds. It’s inappropriate but hilarious, and it breaks up the tension. People are sad and things are tense. I want to be the one to break it up with a little humor.”
Gold grew up in a Conservative Jewish household in the Flatbush/Midwood section of Brooklyn. Even as a kid, she was telling jokes to her family and friends. “My dad had a repertoire of jokes about being Jewish,” she said. “He’d start the joke and I’d finish it for him. He’d say, ‘What do you call a waterbed in a Jewish home?’ And I’d say, ‘The Dead Sea!’”
The comedian went to private Jewish day school until junior high, when she switched to a public school for performing arts. “I had no Jewish friends then,” she said. “I would go to Easter brunch at my friend’s house, but I just wouldn’t eat the shrimp. I’d go with them to celebrate.”
She started doing comedy nearly 10 years ago, after moving to LA to become an actor. She would go to comedy shows and be inspired to write her own material.
“When I was watching comedy, I felt like the joke going on in my head was funnier than what the comic said, or that if the comic had just changed that one word, the joke would have been so much better,” said Gold. “Comedy felt like a very natural thing for me to do.”
In her act, and on “Maximum Occupancy,” Gold discusses Jewish topics. On the track, “1st Boyfriend,” for example, she talks about not having a boyfriend until she was 30.
Her mom was so desperate for her to have a Jewish boyfriend at the time that it wouldn’t have mattered if the guy came in dressed in full Nazi gear. She joked, “The only thing my mom would say to that, ‘Did you say he’s half Jewish? On the mother’s side?’”
Gold said, “Being Jewish is so much a part of me that I don’t make a conscious effort to talk about it in my act. It just comes up.”
On the album, there’s even a track called “J Date,” in which Gold got discouraged by the selection of men on the Jewish dating website and decided to glance at the women instead, even though she’s heterosexual. She said, “After a few minutes, I was like f–k it. I’m just gonna look at the women. They still have more body hair than I do. If I close my eyes, it feels the same.”
When Gold isn’t performing at the Improv or The Comedy Store in LA, she’s punching up scripts, writing for other comics, and touring to New York, Florida, Baltimore, Hawaii, and even Israel. She ultimately wants to be on a sitcom and play someone like Kimmy Gibbler from “Full House.” She said, “If I could be doing movies that would be great too. I would also still love to be doing standup.”
Whatever road Gold ends up taking, she just wants to keep making audiences happy with her comedy. “I hope people laugh and enjoy their night out when they watch my standup,” she said. “That’s my main goal. When I’m on stage, I want people to enjoy themselves.”