Mayor picks “stand-up” guy to lead fire department


Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced this week that he will appoint Alex Jackson interim fire chief when current Fire Chief James Clack departs on March 29. Jackson, 50, is a 27-year veteran of the Minneapolis Fire Department and has served as a firefighter, fire captain and most recently assistant fire chief. He’s also an accomplished stand-up comedian.

“Actually, he’s very successful,” says Louis Lee, owner of Acme Comedy in downtown Minneapolis. “With all the Hollywood temptation, he could have easily given up firefighting. He got plenty of chances to make much more money and get a lot more famous. That’s why I admire the guy. He loves his job and he is very dedicated, and I’m very happy for him. I hope he has a chance to be a permanent fire chief.”

In this podcast, Jackson explains how he got his start in comedy, how he incorporates firefighting into his routine, and how comedy plays a role in his job with the fire department. Click here to download or stream using the player below.