Two years ago, Mia Jackson’s day job was working as a corporate trainer for a dot com.
Today, she’s a full-time comedian based in Atlanta who has been on national television and has had a film role. On Oct. 23, Jackson will perform at Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club at the Tybee Post Theater.
The show will mark the reopening of the theater following Hurricane Matthew.
“We’re ready to laugh in the face of disaster at Tybee,” says Collin Moulton, the show’s founder and host. “Hopefully, we will have a ghost expert for Halloween.”
During the hurricane, Moulton and his family evacuated to Athens.
“We did a podcast in Athens,” he says. “It will be available on barefootcomedy.com.
“We’re going to try to have somebody there who can tell us the details of what happened on Tybee during the hurricane,” Moulton says. “The theater had some damage and leakage.”
“I left my job and things went from there,” Jackson says. “The past couple of years have been very good to me.”
Not that touring is all fun and games.
“It is a never-ending — never-ending — car ride,” Jackson says. “There are some days when I’m like, ‘How did this happen? I need somebody to drive me.’”
After graduating from the University of Georgia at Athens, Jackson decided to try stand-up comedy.
“I was living in Athens,” she says. “I thought I was funny. I said, ‘I’m going to do this one day. I’m totally going to get on stage.’”
After seeing an announcement about an open mic event, Jackson decided to sign up.
“I went to the thing, but didn’t sign up because I was too scared,” she says. “The guy in charge said, ‘Why don’t you come back next week and sign up?’
“I went back the next week and got on stage at that point and kept going. I eventually moved to Atlanta.
“I was performing at all the local spots, all the different places that would have me,” Jackson says, “I went up on stage and it went from there.”
At UGA, Jackson earned a degree in speech communication. Sometimes she takes heat from family and friends who don’t think she’s using her degree.
“Speech communication is basically talking, talking and talking,” Jackson says. “I have a very supportive mom and dad, but the random family says, ‘Are you using your degree?’
“I say, “Yeah, I am!’” she says. “I get to talk!”
Humor comes from everywhere for Jackson.
“Really, it is kind of everyday life,” she says. “It’s something someone once pointed out to me, ‘Mia always notices things nobody else notices.’
“I’m always fascinated by small quirks people have, certain things with their personalities. I like to people watch.
“Why does this person do this thing?,” Jackson says. “I’m fascinated by people and their behavior. What makes people tick?”
Jackson considers herself both a storyteller and a joke teller.
“Certain things I see are just perfect for a joke,” she says. “Other things are more like stories, but there are punch lines within that story.”
Jackson would happily do more shows like “NickMom Night Out.”
“I don’t have any children, but for some reason, they thought I should be on the show,” she says. “I did Season 9 of ‘The Last Comic Standing’ and was on ‘The Flop House.’
“I was in Garry Marshall’s movie ‘Mother’s Day.’ I got to work with Garry Marshall of ‘Pretty Woman’ fame, so it was a pretty amazing thing to be a part of.
“I’m not sure how much of an actress I am,” Jackson says. “But if they said, ‘Go and talk, just totally talk,’ I’d be there,”
Once, Jackson performed at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, but she has never performed in the Savannah area. At the Tybee Post Theater, she plans a very funny — and clean — show.
“One thing the audience will not hear is curse words, that’s for sure,” Jackson says. “I do have some material I like.
“I’ve been talking about biscuits a lot lately. I have some of the best biscuit material ever heard.
“I’ll talk about family, relationships and crazy stuff that has happened to me. At the very least, the audience can expect something funny.”
IF YOU GO
What: Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club featuring Mia Jackson
When: 7 p.m. Oct. 23
Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.
Cost: $15 for adults, $5 forchildren 12 and younger
Info: 912-472-4790, www.tybeeposttheater.com