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Uh oh! TNF Retraction! Tampa News Force forlornly retracts recent article after facts involved revealed to be true and accurate

By Chris Coon | March 1, 2022

Hello Tampa News Force Readership, what can we say? I think first we should say that we are sorry. Truly sorry. When we published our recent article: “Local Tampa Bay Open Micer Plans To Fly To Ukraine To Bomb Over There,” we did not realize the nature of the situation. Specifically we did not realize…

Channel 8 election coverage is just two guys beating the shit out of each other

By Clark Brooks | November 3, 2020

Tampa Bay’s local NBC television affiliate WFLA (News Channel 8) has devoted their election coverage to a couple of men in suits fighting each other. “We feel that this is the best and most accurate depiction of this year’s election”, says news programming director Sylvia Wyngooop. “Viewers can tune in at any time tonight and…

Tiffany Razzano Goes In Depth with Tampa News Force for The Free Press

By TNF | June 27, 2020

“About five years ago, Tampa-based stand-up comics John Jacobs and Josh Santos began making short, funny videos together. “Just interviewing people at events like (Tampa Bay) Comic Con,” Jacobs said. “You know, just talking to people about anything.” They discussed formalizing their work under the name Tampa News Force, even creating a logo for the planned…

Double Feature Presentation of Steak Break and Possum Man

TNF Double Feature: Steak Break & Possum Man

By Tampa News Force | November 22, 2019

Join Tampa News Force for a FREE and Special Double Feature Steak Break: Possum Man: The Untold True Story of Mitch Hedberg’s Best Friend One Night – Two Free Screenings 5 PM – Cafe Hey1540 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602 8 PM – Shuffle 2612 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602 *Some content may…

Steak Break

Tampa News Force Presents: Steak Break

By Tampa News Force | October 17, 2019

Come on out to the premiere of the critically acclaimed, Plane Train sequel, Steak Break! Experience the struggle of a performer trying to find his purpose in life. Followed by the taping of Dan Steen’s 30 minute comedy special. The movie is one hour long, and will feature surprises throughout the night. Tickets will be…

Tampa News Force LIVE

By Josh Santos | October 15, 2019

Save the date and get your tickets early for a special evening filled with videos, music and comedy. Featuring performances by Clark Brooks, Marie Williams, Jojo White, and Jake Brown

Tampa News Force Featured on WFLA NBC Channel 8 Morning News

By Tampa News Force | April 4, 2019

Monday 4.1.2019 Tampa News Force took over the WFLA NBC Channel 8 Morning News for April Fools Day. Check out the special report by Lila Gross, Tampa Bay comedians crack jokes for April Fools Day.

Tampa News Force Welcomes Social Media Correspondent Jojo White

By Tampa News Force | March 20, 2019

TNF Headquarters – Hillsborough County – Wednesday 3.20.2019 Tampa News Force is proud to announce Jojo White @officialjojowhite as the official Tampa News Force Social Media Correspondent. White is an accomplished sketch comic actor and improv student with his own YouTube Channel. Along with his successful Instagram channel, White is pursuing his love of stand-up…


By Tampa News Force | March 7, 2019

Experience a one-of-a-kind show mixing stand up with video sketch, crowd participation and outrageous live music! Featuring John Jacobs and Josh Santos with a special surprise musical guest. You won’t want to miss this one-night only event at Ybor City’s Tampa Improv on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Experience a night unlike any other! Must be…

Tampa News Force and Johnny B from 102.5 The Bone St. Patricks Day at the Tampa Improv

By Tampa News Force | March 5, 2019

Get your laughs before you drink your face off on #stpatricksday at @tampaimprov Johnny B @johnnybtampa, John Jacobs @maybachdiamonds, Michael Murillo @michaelmurillocomedy & special guestsJames Bailey @jamesbaileyhaha & Tampa News Force @tampanewsforce GET IN FREE WITH PROMO CODE: JohnnyB

Tampa Bay Times Feature Article on Tampa News Force

By Tampa News Force | February 5, 2019

Tampa, FLA – Tuesday February 5, 2019 Tampa News Force was featured on the homepage of the Tampa Bay Times. Read the full story from Tampa Bay Times Features Writer, Christopher Spata on See our history with the Tampa Bay Times below:

Plane Train at Dunedin International Film Festival

By Josh Santos | January 4, 2019

“Plane Train” was selected to be part of the Dunedin International Film Festival (In Dunedin, duh) and we’ll be screening it at Soggy Bottom Brewery Sunday the 13th at 4PM. Come hang out with me, John and Josh, the three geniuses that came up with a film whose title can be read as “Planet Rain”…

Tampa News Force Live at the Tampa Improv

By Josh Santos | December 29, 2018

Catch the award-winning showstopping comedic action LIVE! One night only, join Tampa News Force as they host the BEST OF THE BAY 2018 SHOWCASE. This extra special showcase features this year’s Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” Winners at the Best of the Bay Winning Comedy Club! Special guests: past “Best Up & Coming Comedian”…

Plane Train Featured on Tampa Bay Times

By Josh Santos | November 22, 2018

Comedian performs comedy marathon for confused Tampa airport train passengers Christopher Spata of the Tampa Bay Times reported on the release of the Tampa News Force production of Plane Train. Passengers boarding Tampa International Airport’s SkyConnect train were greeted by an unusual site recently: a stand-up comedian there to entertain them on the four-minute ride…

Identity Tampa Bay’s Clark’s Comedy Corner Talks Plane Train

By Josh Santos | November 8, 2018

Clark Brooks of Clark’s Comedy Corner on the Identity Tampa Bay recently featured John Jacobs and Josh Santos about the premiere of Plane Train at the Villagio Theater in Carrollwood. This week, I’m going to abuse my access to this forum and use it for a little bit of shameless self-promotion. I recently – well,…

Plane Train Premiere

By Josh Santos | October 23, 2018

One mic… One train… Hundreds of confused audiences. Come and see the grand premiere of Josh Santos new film “Plane Train” with Clark Brooks and John Jacobs at the beautiful Villagio Cinemas in Carrollwood. The event will be hosted by Roger Nelson and will also feature videos from Tampa News Force and live stand-up comedy.…

Tampa News Force Featured on HCC The Hawkeye Newspaper

By Josh Santos | October 3, 2018

HCC’s The Hawkeye Reporter Magdalynn Pollitt Covers Tampa News Force It is a typical Friday night in the heart of Tampa, which means there is nothing typical about it. Lights from police cars can be seen outside of the  bar Franklin Manor. Is this just a routine traffic stop, or something more? Most people passing…

Tampa News Force – Best of the Bay 2018

By Josh Santos | October 2, 2018

TAMPA NEWS FORCE – 9/26/18 – BEST OF THE BAY! TNF is a couple of stand-up comedians (John Jacobs and Josh Santos) who do sketches and music videos. They also “cover” local events by crashing them with a camera and interviewing bystanders. But sometimes they actually find real news, like when they recorded an actual…

Josh Santos Featured on The Identity Tampa Bay’s Clark’s Corner

By Josh Santos | August 15, 2018

Clark Brooks of Clark’s Corner on The Identity Tampa Bay, Interview with Josh Santos Read the full interview on The Identity Tampa Bay.

Tampa News Force Featured on 83 Degrees Media

By Josh Santos | August 7, 2018

83 Degree’s Dyllan Furness Features Tampa News Force’s John Jacobs Creative City: Tech, architecture, design firms spur Ybor renaissance John Jacobs, a local comic and “correspondent” for the satirical Tampa News Force, who’s been doing stand up for over a decade, lives near Ybor and recognizes the district’s appeal in its cast of characters. “Ybor…

Tampa Bay Times: Features John Jacobs and Tampa Bay Comedy

By Josh Santos | July 29, 2018

John Jacobs of Tampa News Force was recently featured on Tampa Bay Times for their coverage of the comedy open mic held every Tuesday at the Iberian Rooster in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. “There’s nothing like an audience to humble you,” says John Jacobs, 28, who co-hosts the SubCentral open mic, and who starred on…

Tampa News Force John Jacobs Featured on Identity Tampa Bay’s Clark’s Comedy Corner

By Josh Santos | June 8, 2018

Identity Tampa Bay Interview with John Jacobs Clark’s Comedy Corner | Tampa News Force’s John Jacobs Anybody interested in making it in almost any field in today’s multi-media world needs to be able to do a lot of different things well. The definition of “making it” is fluid, depending on an individual’s subjective criteria.  But…

John Jacobs Featured on TBO

By Josh Santos | March 13, 2016

Comedian John Jacobs works to rebuild his career Stand-up comedian and former MTV reality star John Jacobs returned to Tampa in October. By Paul Guzzo TAMPA — If you work in the world of entertainment, and you figure a gig on one of those popular but temporary reality TV shows might give your career a…