I’m Just a Jackwagon: A Conversation with Comedian Tim Hawkins

Diary of a Jackwagon | Tim Hawkins

Somewhere in Illinois, sometime in 2015 (the exact date is lost to history), Tim Hawkins was bored on his tour bus, so he gave me a call. Or I called him. (The exact happenstance is lost to history.) The result was a half-hour of hilarity as Tim walked me through his career and explained just how he became a jackwagon. There’s also some bits on homeschooling and Oklahoma. Just listen to it.

Josh Olds: Do you go by Mr. Wagon or what exactly should I call you?

Tim Hawkins: You can call me sir. Sir wagon. Yeah, man. Yeah, that’s me. A lot of people don’t know what that means. Should I should we discuss what that word means? Because some people were, like, taken aback by because it sounds like it’s bad. But it actually comes from the military. It’s a military term that years ago, they used when they needed to haul stuff around, they would just use old piece of junk and basically garbage and they would break down and they were very unreliable. And so that’s me. That’s, that’s what I am. So I embrace it.

Josh: What was it that made you decide: “Hey, stand-up comedy. Sounds fun!”

Tim: Yeah, it’s more desperation. I think I tried everything else. It’s not like I had a choice. I mean, you gotta be able to pay the bills with money. For many years, I just jumped from job to job, just trying to figure out what it was I was supposed to do for the rest of my life.

Josh: Was there ever a point along the way, or that you ever thought, “Aha, you know, I’ve done it. I’m a comedian now.”

Tim: Wow. It’s such a gradual process. I don’t know. You know, there’s no real graduations or any kind of milestones, I think when you start doing shows that starts to sell out on a regular basis. It’s like, okay, we’re doing something right here.

The Book | Diary of a Jackwagon

Diary of a Jackwagon Tim HawkinsHe’s a comedian. He’s a YouTube sensation. And now he becomes an author. Best known for his song parodies and riffs on yoga pants and homeschooling, Tim Hawkins now shares his perspective on life in the 21st century in his long-awaited debut book. Tim’s topics are as wide-ranging as his stand-up comedy including marital communications (“Marriage needs a challenge flag, like in pro football”), worship music (“Pick the right key, because I’m not Barry White and I’m not a Bee Gee”), and food (“Eating a Krispy Kreme donut is like eating a baby angel”). Diary of a Jackwagon reveals a witty and relatable voice reminding readers that for life’s many difficulties, laughter is always the best medicine – when there aren’t any pills left.

The Author | Tim Hawkins


Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002,

Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions.

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted – the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.

And while his stand-up is riotous, fans are often more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim’s hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Cletus Take The Reel, and The Government Can.

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