Comedian Sells Jokes For $1 In Central Park

They say that everyone's a comedian in New York, but not everyone tries to prove it every day in Central Park.

When 26-year-old Jason Schneider graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, he moved to New York like many an aspiring 20-something. Hoping to break into the comedy world, he applied for internships with Comedy Central, Time Warner and HBO. He was rejected by all. He then went on to work a series of temp jobs, including one with the Morgan Stanley bank, as well as a host of other delivery jobs.

"I was doing stand-up immediately on the side," he says in an interview with AOL Jobs. "Then I realized that I love the outdoors, so I decided to combine the two."

As was originally reported in the New York Daily News, Schneider began showing up this past April in New York's Central Park on a daily basis to sell his comedy. Holding a sign that reads, "$1 Jokes; Laughter Guaranteed," Schneider approaches passersby with the promise of a refund should he fail to please his audience.

"I run around and dance with it, trying to get people's attention. People don't really ask for their money back," he says. "I tell jokes that are topical, part goofy, part smart."



He even offered up the lighter side of his brand of humor while speaking to AOL Jobs.

"Who did the promiscuous cow sleep with," he asks. "Udderly everyone."

"He brightened my day," one member of his park audience, Mary McLean, 52, from South Lanarkshire, Scotland, told the Daily News.

He says he makes around $100 to $120 a day. Like many aspiring comedians of his generation, he draws inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle.

Schneider's unconventional approach to the comedy world has forced him to confront his audience firsthand. In other comedy venues, a comedian rarely interacts one-on-one with his audience, and in most venues the possibility of a flop can be balanced by approval from at least a segment of the audience. But Schneider appreciates the street dynamic; while he rarely encounters people who ask for their dollar back, he demands that anyone who doesn't laugh cash in on the refund.

The exacting standard is in keeping with Schneider's regimen. He says that he wakes up at 4 a.m. to write for four hours, before heading to the park at 10 a.m., where he stays till 6 p.m.

"My one day off is when it rains."

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maria

Gotta give it to this dude.....with all the issues/problems/concerns surrounding us on a daily basis, he chooses to continue living in good SPIRIT despite what many have to say about his unique persona and talent. If the majority of the population had even an ounce of good spirit as this individual, think about how great the world would be.

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March 27 2014 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
zoot

What a dip stick getting up early. He could tell everyone the same joke for years.

February 17 2012 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gfunk1974

of course he got turned down by all those companies, he isnt funny at all. im surprised he makes anything on the street

September 08 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ccgarner

I agree he wasnt funny at all. He is trying too hard.

September 11 2011 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
IrvingNYPR

rule number one; never tell anyone how much you make. someone will try to stick it to you by calling the government.

September 08 2011 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brutal

Gotta give this guy a thumbs up. Hope he makes it big one day.

September 08 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
garzandas

Met him when he first started in the Spring. Great concept. He told about twenty jokes. Had to pay him to stop. But some of them were actually almost funny. But all seriousness aside, he was refreshing and had great spirit to do what he loves and share it with people. All the cynical jerkees who commented negatively here most likely have no dream or talent and are frustrated that someone is starting out and getting attention for doing what they love. No one starts at the top folks. The best artists, comedians, dancers, singers, etc. start out taking baby steps and have to put up with those who are jealous and cut off from their own talents. The people who make fun and critize and try to discourage those who have a dream. But what would this world be without dreamers and artists taking chances to fulfill their destiny. A colorless shithole in the universe. Bravo brave dollar a joke man Jason. Carry on. No telling where your dream might lead. Today Central Park, tomorrow Prospect Park or Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.. Who knows? Great story Dan.

September 08 2011 at 2:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lwgl9

weneed more laughs. no one had to listen but some did and thought it was worth a buck. i had a chuckle or two. keep going.

September 08 2011 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bmitche

He makes between $100 and $120 a day selling jokes. Only proves that there is a sucker in every crowd.

September 08 2011 at 1:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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hockeyfan39

100 or 120 suckers...lol

September 08 2011 at 2:50 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Gary Cangemi

This guy owes ME ten bucks. I didn't laugh once. It's a great concept, kid, but you need better material. If he could buy better jokes for fifty cents , he could still sell them for a buck and make a profit. That would keep TWO people employed.

AOL, please drop the HUFFPOST. They're treading on our first amendment rights!

September 08 2011 at 1:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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dejapooh

Says the person who has no idea what the first amendment guarentees. You have a right to speak, that doesn't mean that they have to post it? The government can not stop you from speaking. The Huffington post is a business, they can print or not print anything they want for any reason they want.

September 09 2011 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ultraxdjs

I did this when I was a Kid. I charged 5 Cents for a bad joke up to 25 cents for a really funny. I made a few bucks a day to play packman. This guy stole my idea!! :-(

September 08 2011 at 1:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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