FunnyMaine: Finding comedy in college football

Air It Out: Episode #10

FunnyMaine: Finding comedy in college football
Comedian, and Crimson Tide superfan, Jermaine "FunnyMaine" Johnson talks getting into comedy, the origin of his “How Bama Fans watched…” videos, and if there is Alabama fatigue in the world of college football. (Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Comedian, and Crimson Tide superfan, Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson joins Rick Karle for the latest episode of Air It Out. The man behind the popular " “How Bama Fans watched…” videos shares what got him into comedy, all the jobs he had growing up, and of course, Alabama football.

Highlights from the show include:

How the “Bama fans” video series started

“One windy…I’m trying to make it sound better than it was…I was in Nashville just hanging out, and I wanted to do something for just being a fan and a funny guy. And I just turned on the iPhone and recorded myself responding to the games man. And three million views later it just kept climbing, I didn’t know what was going on! But I had to learn quick.”

The most popular clip so far

“I think the consensus, as I’ve walked around, as everybody’s favorite was 2016’s Auburn vs. LSU, and I said I wish both of them could lose. And they both technically did lose the game at some point, and Les Miles ended up getting fired, but what I’ve noticed, that seems to be everybody’s favorite.”

How he thinks this Alabama run will be remembered

“When it’s all said and done, I think people will look back favorably on the Saban era of Bama football. Much like they do with the Miami Hurricanes. I remember when I was young a lot of people hated them, the media hated them, now when you see that ’30 for 30’ you’re like oh I gotta watch this that’s good stuff, so I think history will look back favorably on Saban.”

Alabama fatigue

“I understand it, I don’t care (laughs), but I understand it. We’re not going to apologize for it, but I understand it.”

Jermaine "FunnyMaine" Johnson chatting with Rick Karle during a recording of Air It Out.
Jermaine "FunnyMaine" Johnson chatting with Rick Karle during a recording of Air It Out. (Source: Sebastian Posey)

His thoughts on the Auburn Tigers

“Auburn is a top tier program…when we play the Iron Bowl all the records are out the window, they’ve proven that time and time again. It is an all day, all year long thing. Like when I see that color combination, or that logo on somebody’s car, it always sparks up some type of emotion. I don’t hate them, but I really don’t like them. I respect them, but I really don’t like Auburn.”

Best coaches in history of college football

“I don’t know who the best coach is of all-time, but I know he coached at Alabama, that I don’t think can be debated.”

This only scratches the surface of FunnyMaine’s conversation with Rick. Check out the full episode to hear how Johnson struck up the courage to get on stage, how he handles a crowd if a joke doesn’t land, and being the class clown.

And while Halloween is over, FunnyMaine discusses a few terrifying topics for Alabama fans: What if Jalen Hurts went to Auburn? Gus Malzahn as Alabama’s coach? And looking back on the “Mike Years” in Tuscaloosa, before Saban arrived.

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