Last night I found out that Dick Gregory might be performing at Comedy Store. I immediately rushed down to see if it was true. I mean this guy is definitely a living legend. He has one most original voice in comedy ever. In the sixties Dick Gregory was addressing social issues in a comedic way and by addressing his hard-hitting to white audiences, he gave a comedic voice to the rising Civil Rights Movement. He abandoned comedy to become and activist before I was born. So I figured if I could just see the legend in the flesh that would be great. This would one of my greatest comedy memories ever.
As I enter into the dark main room some guys are walking towards me to exit. As my eyes adjust to the darkness I catch a glimpse of someone famous approaching from out of focus. I am thinking to myself, “ Is that Mos Def?!! He must have dyed his beard.” Then my eyes came into focus and it was the man of the hour. Walked right by me!! I was excited. My internal dialogue was like “go shake his hand” but my mind started playing back every time I met a hero something bad happens. Especially when I meet other famous comedians. But I told my internal dialogue to “stop being a p#ssy and go get that Dick.” So I went out to where he was and puffed my chest out and said in in a deep soft pitch voice (Because I was nervous, the air in my chest wanted to meet him more than I did so it rushed out as soon as I opened my mouth.), “ Excuse me Sir, do you mind if I take a photo?” He was like “I don’t mind”, in a hurry up I have a show tone. Someone volunteered to take the pictures that apparently have never taken pictures of dark-skinned people before because he didn’t turn on the flash. So Dick Gregory and I stood there waiting on the flash. To be completely honest, I got a little uncomfortable holding a man that long. The feeling went from “this man is a legend” to “I can feel his shoulder blade”. By the time I said, “is the flash is on?” the moment was over and I had another weird moment with someone I admire. I cannot believe I had a chance to see and touch a living legend last night. I also cant believe how f#ck up this picture came out either.
This was the 3 yr anniversary of The Unnecessary Evil Comedy Show. I had a great time performing and introducing some new jokes to this crowd. If you are ever in Los Angeles and in Santa Monica, go to the Westside comedy Theater and check out some shows!!
Here are some pictures from the Jimmy Kimmel taping. It was a great experience!!! Stay tunes for the video of the performance!!
Moving to LA was hard because I was uninvited. Nobody knew who I was when I arrived. My first comedic milestone in the city was sleeping in my car. That sounds odd, but it was the start of my journey in LA. It’s possible to feel like a king with nothing but a backseat for a bed – because at least I was giving the things I loved a real shot.
I started like most comedians do – performing three-minute club open-mic showcases. Despite being told to change my style to something that would be more sellable, I followed my gut and stuck to my guns. Over time, those three minute sets became thirty minute sets. I went on to win competitions in 2011 and 2012. By 2013 I had performed twice on cable television. And last year I got my first late night set on TV. So here’s my next big milestone. Tuesday October the 13th 2015, all those three minute sets and competitions – the uncomfortable naps in my car, on couches, on floors – TUESDAY October 13th, 2015 I broke into national television.
I was on Jimmy Kimmel Live!!!!
Of course it’s only four minutes but it took years to get here and I want you all to know this – I couldn’t have done it without you – all of you. THANK YOU!!! A special thank you to Jimmy Kimmel and his staff for the opportunity. I want to thank all the clubs and show bookers that allowed me to grace their stages. Thanks to all the audiences for laughing, and the comedy community. I’d love for you to tune in tonight. If you like my set, please tell your friends – and hopefully we will move on to bigger and better things. And if you know someone sleeping in their car, whose has a little dream, please share this message with them. Because if I can make it from my backseat and somehow get on stage in front of one of the best talk show hosts of our generation – anyone can!! I will post the performance video next!!
Knocked another show down!!!
This is me humbled, inspired, amazed, touched, and present. its been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I not there yet. Ive battled racism, poverty, education, bullies but my toughest opponent is myself. A great place to be in when you think about about. I was taught to survive. Now Im learning how to live, how to trust, relax and enjoy the journey. Here are a few pics I snapped at Case Study House #22 The Stahl House.