Diverging from the hard-edged raunchy and streetwise observational styles of other contemporary African-American comedians, Arnez J offers comic routines reminiscent of an earlier era of comedy.
His improvisational comic style is primarily physical, with a strong reliance on impressions and exaggerations of familiar personalities.
"J is a whirling dervish on stage--he runs, jumps, spins, slides, slips, and mugs through a performance, acting out many of his bits while describing them," wrote Doug Kaufman in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
His idols are the classic television comedians of the 1960s: Flip Wilson, Red Skelton, and a performer who might be considered an unlikely inspiration for a modern African-American male artist. "There was never a nicer and funnier comedian to me than Carol Burnett," Arnez J explained to Daniel Neman of the Richmond Times Dispatch. "The Carol Burnett Show, to me, will never be replaced."
Arnez J has been close-mouthed about his age and, in recent years, about much of his background including his full name. But various media have given his name as Arnez Johnson, and the Times Dispatch reported that he was 12 years old when The Carol Burnett Show went off the air in 1978, which would place his birth date in the middle of the comedy golden age that shaped his own style.
Some newspapers reported that he was born in Atlanta, but he grew up in a military family and never called one place home for long. That fact, according to Arnez J, shaped his choice of career. "I think most people remember things beginning when they were seven," he told Neman. "But I remember things from when I was four, because when I was four I was in Germany, in Hannover. My father was in the military, and I remember he was in the field a lot. I think I was more of a studier of human nature."