Standup comedian, radio personality and phone-prank specialist Roy Wood Jr. keeps up with the latest tech, as the Last Comic Standing Live! tour brings him to New Jersey for the first time. (Photo by Mykeon Smith)
By TOM CHESEK
As a practitioner of the lively, all-American art of the prank phone call, Roy Wood Jr. has driven people of all backgrounds to equal-opportunity apoplexy pranking and posing as bureaucratic blowhards, nosy neighbors, unwelcome exes, crabby customers and a certain Dr. Azibo. It’s a skill set that’s landed him major exposure on nationwide shows with Tom Joyner and Jamie Foxx.
The question isn’t just who Wood is at any given moment, but where as the busy standup, comedy writer and broadcaster can appear at any moment to be anywhere on the TV comedy circuit (Def Comedy Jam, Chelsea Lately, Letterman, Ferguson), to his native Birmingham, Alabama (where he somehow manages to deliver a daily radio show), to any of 60 cities on the current tour of Last Comic Standing Live!
When the traveling version of the hit NBC series Last Comic Standing makes its annual jaunt to the Count Basie Theatre Friday night for an 8p show, Wood will be present, in person, accompanied by a busload of his fellow finalists from the Season Seven comedy competition. In advance, we got on the phone with Wood not the safest thing to do under normal circumstances.