For a 37-year-old guy from South Carolina, comedian JP Sears seems to have some parts of Sacramento figured out pretty well.
Sears released a video skewering Sacramento this week ahead of five performances beginning Thursday night at Punch Line Comedy Club. The video begins with a mix-up over the state capital, followed by a dig at the long-suffering fans that pack Golden 1 Center from November through April.
“’Sacramento’ is a word that comes from ancient Rome that means ‘the city with a basketball team that's always in a rebuilding phase,’” he deadpanned. “After a few more generations, the Kings will be ready to start winning again. But the way I look at it, the longer we’re losing, the longer we’re rebuilding. And therefore, the better we'll be at a time that’s definitely not right now.”
Much like his videos mocking vegans or guns nuts, Sears assumed the persona of the group he poked fun at — midtown millennials, in this case. The longhaired redhead touched on yoga, farmers’ markets and the recent legalization of marijuana, which magically rid his friends of the long-existing “ailments” that necessitated they smoke medical marijuana.
No video about Sacramento would be complete without a reference to the Capitol, though.
“I wish Sactown was at least a little political. I mean, come on. I just love having a conversation with someone while being filled with emotional rage while pretending I’m being logical because I can still form words,” Sears said. “I find engaging in heated political discussions are effective at changing people’s minds, 100 percent of the time.”
More than 2.3 million people follow Sears on Facebook, where he posts videos on how to live an “Ultra Spiritual Life” (read: a life to make sure everyone else knows how spiritual you are). He also authored the book “How to Be Ultra Spiritual,” which was released last March.
For all Sears’ jokes at the expense of guru-followers, he’s spent more than 15 years as a bona fide life coach and emotional healer. Every figure he parodies in his videos is a reflection of the real him at present or in the past, he told the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald in August 2016. His website lists a subscription-based self-development guide called “Awaken With JP: Premium AF” that blends serious advice with humor.
Sears takes the Punch Line Comedy Club stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, followed by double shows at 7:30 and 10:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 the day of his show on Ticketmaster.
Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel