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David C. Jones uses comedy to heal and entertain

Vancouver actor and instructor has performed for everyone from Buddhist monks and seniors to members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Vancouver actor and instructor has taken the stage in front of Buddhist monks, the Canadian Forces and seniors

A check-in with one of Vancouver's best talents and community builders 6:25

"When I was in elementary school, I was a little guy, and a little bit gay," recalled David C. Jones.

And that's why the Vancouver actor, comedian and performing coach says he developed his comedic timing at an early age.

 "One of the things that happened was that I found I could deflect attack with a joke," Jones told Our Vancouver host Gloria Macarenko.

"When people are laughing at you they're not punching or hitting you," he said, chuckling.

In addition to Jones's work as a performer and filmmaker, Jones also teaches people the "technical side" of comedy — namely timing.

He has performed for the Canadian Armed Forces in Israel and Egypt, and has also spent years entertaining and working with seniors, families at hospitals and children.

But he said that being a caregiver for his mother years ago was what taught him the healing power of having a good laugh.

David C. Jones says that caring for his mother taught him about the healing power of laughter. (David C. Jones)

"One of the things you need to do when you're sick or traumatized, you need to laugh, you need to release endorphins and start laughing," he said.

"So I started finding ways of gently pulling people out or gently getting them to start laugh or giggle either by just being goofy or making a quick comment."

Jones says his years in theatre sports and improv led him to have empathy for the audience that allows him to adapt to whatever situation he finds himself in. He's emceed for a group of Buddhist monks one week, then taken the stage at a fetish convention the next.

His latest project has him appearing on stage as a "creepy dance teacher," because, as he said, "Within any funny person is the need to be taken seriously."

In the video above Jones tells Gloria Macarenko how he shapes his comedy for different situations and audiences.

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