“Humor is the healing wand that lets me disrupt social norms and offer alternatives without being a politician, preacher or professor.” - J Smiles
J Smiles is a modern southern belle with a global heartbeat. Also an engineer, product designer and lawyer, her world collapsed when her father’s abrupt death thrust her mom into early onset Alzheimer’s disease. After years in corporate America, she halted everything, becoming a full-time caregiver. Looking for a stress release, she stumbled into a comedy class. J fell in-love. The Montgomery, AL native has not looked back.
Her inaugural tour sold-out. Comedy clubs, celebrities, corporations, private organizations and institutions trust J’s funny and professionalism whether LIVE or virtual. Guy Tory and Faison Love took Smiles on tour earlier in her career. She has also worked with Rodney Perry, Mike Speenberg, Kim Coles, Josh Harris, Roland Martin to name a few. The conscious comic has given giggles in the Bahamas, Italy, South Korea and throughout the USA.
Parenting Up! Caregiving Adventures with Comedian J Smiles® is her podcast of support, love and levity for family caregivers in the Alzheimer’s community. Listeners all over the world Snuggle Up™ to her unique brand of narration. Non-profit’s lean on Smiles’ comedy keynotes to deliver data, mix-up dry chicken luncheons and drive donations.
A vivid story-teller who notices every itty-bitty detail of daily life, she loves creating paradigm shifts around topics such as age, gender, race and politics. Her content is intelligent and family friendly. Her style is animated and high-energy. Comically, she blends facts, fantasy and stereotypes like a smooth soufflé. J Smiles takes pride in entertaining diverse crowds. Her performance goal is to get groups that are typically at odds laughing comfortably together on a tough topic.
She holds degrees from Howard, Stanford and Cumberland. Please do not mistake her for anything but — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
If her mom is well and she is not on stage then she is likely using her passport, mentoring, scuba diving or learning. This Super-Auntie has 11 godchildren.