If a sociologist were watching the skits created by comedian Just Gerdy on such platforms as Instagram, he or she would probably praise the twenty-something funnyman for his depiction of assimilation of Haitian immigrants in the United States. Perhaps, the said sociologist would also give props to Gerdy for infusing so much humor in his digital sketches of Haitian-American life. The comedian focuses his humor on the tradition-clinging tendencies of some Haitian parents who are raising their kids in the United States.
When he’s not writing scripts and brainstorming videos, the digital court jester attends classes at a college in Orlando. He’s studying digital media technology/video production and will minor in psychology.
Kreyolicious: Are there comedians who inspire you?
Just Gerdy: There are a few comedians that inspire me. They are but not limited to Haitian V and Haitian Jonas, Chris Tucker, Jim Carey, Will Smith. Haitian V and Jonas are the reason I started [doing] Haitian comedy. They gave me a booster to try out Haitian comedy and to add my own style and twist to how I shoot and how I react to the scenarios. From there, I realized I wanted Haitians as my foundation of support. Chris Tucker, Jim Carey and Will Smith are all versatile in their work they all encourage me to not be limited or stick to one thing. They show me how to fluctuate my facial expression and my accent and how much is needed here and there. I take bits and pieces of their work, and try to add it into my own work but in my own style.
Kreyolicious: Do you have a theory as to why you’re such a hit with your followers?
Just Gerdy: Yes, I do have a theory. Basically, I learned what my audience like to see and observing other fellow comedians and try to be as different from them as possible. I also enjoy asking for feedback and what my friends want to see more [of].
Kreyolicous: So, when was the last time you went to da A Y I T I?
Just Gerdy: The last time I went to the Ayiti was when I was eight years old.
Kreyolicious: Where do you see yourself four years from today?
Just Gerdy: I see myself doing what I do now…just ten times better, and [with] a bigger audience.
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