Jimmy Mak is the head writer and a featured performer for Shadowbox Live, the largest resident theater company in America. He has spent the last 20 years writing sketch comedy, drama, musicals and more. He is currently working on a book of comedic essays called "Daddies Shouldn't Breakdance."

Jimmy Mak is the head writer and a featured performer for Shadowbox Live, the largest resident theater company in America. He has spent the last 20 years writing sketch comedy, drama, musicals and more. He is currently working on a book of comedic essays called "Daddies Shouldn't Breakdance."

The CBUS

It picks me up in front of my workplace and takes me to the North Market. Then it brings me back. And keeps insisting that I pay it nothing.

Vinyl

I was a hipster before it was rad. I also said "rad" before it was cool. … And after it was cool, apparently. I've always loved the warm sound of music emanating from a record player, which is why I have one in my office, one in my man-cave and a portable one I play while cooking out. (And it's the ONLY way I'll listen to Tom Waits.)

El Vaquero

I've gone here since the college days and always had a great time - good food, good drinks, affordable prices. My wife and I were here when we thought up the name of our first daughter. Their margaritas are actually responsible for the existence of our second daughter. Oh, and once my magician friend almost got into a fight with their balloon animal guy. Good times.

The Book Loft

I've been to many bookstores in many different cities. The Book Loft still wins.

My job

I love being a professional writer and performer in Columbus. In addition to writing comedy sketches, musicals, adaptations etc., for Shadowbox Live, I've had plays produced in cities like New York, LA and Hong Kong. Representin'. I also love performing comedy. And I love hosting Tuesday night shows in our bistro that bring in amazing local comedians, burlesque dancers, magicians, musicians, drag queens, etc. So much crazy talent in this city.