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When comedian Spoken Reasons (real name John Baker Jr.) found he wasn’t landing any standup gigs, he took matters into his own hands, launching a YouTube channel.
“There were times when I would go out and beg for just five minutes on stage, and they wouldn’t give it to me. So I found a better way to do it,” he says.
His online work consists of everything from parody hip-hop videos to situational comedy, though it’s a series of jump-cut monologues that gave him his name and helped attract more than 1.3 million subscribers to his popular YouTube channel.
Still, the comic refuses to be boxed in, performing standup and spoken-word poetry, as well as acting on the bigscreen, as the opportunity arises.
“The way I define what I do is basically I do whatever I want,” he says.
This restlessness has already paid dividends with a role in “The Heat” (as the uncooperative drug dealer Melissa McCarthy dangles off the fire escape) and a recently released comedy album, “The Game Changer.”
Next up for the motor-mouthed multi-hyphenate are more feature film gigs. He is finishing work on a screenplay with “Norbit” helmer Brian Robbins and taking his time considering other opportunities.
“I’m just picking and choosing right now,” he says.