The aspiring funnyman Jack Fuld, 11, of Kew Gardens has a favorite T-shirt — the one with Archie Bunker of the ’70s sitcom “All in the Family” getting kissed on the cheek by Sammy Davis, Jr.
There’s a story behind it.
During a family-friendly comedy show on a cruise to Mexico, he got a kick out of interacting with the comics. When he returned he was telling “All in the Family” jokes to one of his dad’s co-workers.
That turned into an opportunity to perform, because one of the co-workers was hosting a show at Fontana’s Bar on the Lower East Side and asked if Jack wanted to perform.
Then that turned into a larger opportunity.
“Clayton Fletcher saw the clip of the performance I did at Fontana’s and asked if I would perform on his show, at the New York Comedy Club. Since then I’ve appeared on his show about six or seven times over the last couple years,” said Jack.
And before he could say ‘George Carlin,” Jack was part of the Manhattan comedy scene with monthly shows.
He got a lot of laughs — and occasionally, a groan — when he opened at Carolines on Broadway and the Greenwich Village Comedy Club, with one of his best jokes: “So, as you can see, I’m very different from the other comedians here tonight … that’s right, I’m half-Jewish and half-Chinese!”
“He’s a very talented young man,” said Fletcher, a comedian who has his own weekly show at the New York Comedy Club. “The level of confidence and composure he demonstrates never ceases to amaze me. He has great timing and actually behaves more professionally than some of our headliners! Everyone at GVCC loves Jack. Most of us are jealous, he’s so good so young! Jack Fuld is definitely one to watch.”
He performs on weekends “so it doesn’t interfere with any homework,” he said, and rehearses about 15 minutes a night before he goes to bed.
He says his brother, 5-year-old Parker, listens to all his jokes and has come to learn them himself.
“Jack has many ideas we use for comedy,” said his father, Robert, who adds his own and writes it up into a routine.
The show then gets changed and stylized by Jack during practices.
“The personality you see up on stage is definitely Jack,” Robert said.
“I used to do a routine about turning ‘the Big 1-0,’ but I’ve aged out of that now. Too bad, I really enjoyed that one,” Jack quipped.
So, what does Jack like most about stand-up?
“People are paying attention to me and it’s nice to know that I have the power to make people smile and laugh; to make people happy,” Jack said.
“Of course, mom and dad never miss a show,” Robert said. His grandparents, aunt, and our friend Seth routinely come to the shows, as well.
“We’re his core audience, his groupies; he has a small but dedicated fan base.”
Jack added, “My mom is my biggest supporter and always laughs at my jokes.”
As for his future goals, Jack says, “I’d like to keep doing comedy, but we’ve met some people recently that think I should start trying acting, too.”
Because of Jack’s unique heritage, you would think that holiday time is complicated at the Fuld household, but he says, “Jewish holidays aren’t so religious; mainly we just have dinner and chat. Chinese holidays aren’t much different; besides the fact that I have less food choices and don’t understand the conversation.”
And with Halloween right around the corner, Jack says he thinks he’s still young enough to go trick or treating.
“My brother usually ends up being Mario,” Jack said. “As for me, I don’t know; maybe I’ll be a crazy guy with the rainbow afro wig that I have.”
By the time he graduates college the young stand-up comedian could be having his own Comedy Central special — he’s that funny.
But for now, it’s back to school for the 11-year-old, who just started JHS 157 in Rego Park.