First Video Of My Stand-up Comedy Set

I have been doing open mics around for the past seven or eight months now. I really like doing stand-up comedy and I am happy that I waited until now to do it. I don’t feel competitive, and I love when other comics make me laugh. My goal is to have a tight five-minute set.  This video from when I performed a few weeks ago at Foxy Loxy, a coffee shop in my neighborhood. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my sister kept feeding me “jokes” that she thought I could use in my set.  She gave me ideas, but it takes a while to formulate a joke. Joke writing is not as easy as it looks. You have to have a set-up and a punchline. Also, a callback is also good.  When the audience can see how you called back to a previous joke, they laugh not only because they see how clever you are for making it, but also they feel clever they are for catching it. It’s a win-win!


This Comedy Stuff Is Becoming A Thing

I went up at comedy open mics here in on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday’s open mic was at the Sentient Bean. The crowd was mostly stand-ups and I was the thirteenth comic up. It takes patience to wait out an open mic. I don’t want to be first, but I would love to be about sixth or seventh.

Friday’s open mic was at Foxy Loxy Cafe. It is so much fun to do stand-up outside in a courtyard. The crowd was mostly locals, and I think my jokes got more laughs that they did on Thursday. Anyway, I am performing again this Tuesday at Crash Comedy at the Sentient Bean at 8PM. I will be doing a character in a piece that I am still writing.

I also made a podcast episode, Episode 5.

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Ten Funny Guys

Listed without commentary and in no particular order, here are eight ten funny Black men that I have seen do stand-up comedy.

1. Baron Vaughn
2. Eric Andre
3. Hannibal Burress
4. Baratunde Thurston
5. Victor Varnado
6. Elon James White
7. Dave Lester
8. Donald Glover
9. Jordan Carlos
10. Wyatt Cenac

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Nichelle Stephens

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Niche List For the First Week of Twenty Ten.

Happy New Year! Happy Twenty-Ten! January is already jam-packed.

Jan 5. Six-Word Memoir Reading and Book Party at Word. FREE

Jan 8. Splurge. New monthly comedy show hosted by Carolyn Castiglia. Happy Ending. FREE

Jan 9.
Wedding Crashers. A fun, alt-hipster bridal expo hosted by Brooklyn Based. The Bell House. $20.00 – $40.0

On deck for next week
Jan 13. How To Run a Successful Cupcake Business. $15

PS. new favorite word- “adorkable”

comedy \ music \ new york city

Niche List: The Collander For Your Calendar Oct 22

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Picture of one of the casseroles from Tuesday.

It is the high tide of the fall social season so take your vitamins and buckle up. Since you may need to rest up for next weekend’s Halloween parties, here’s three things I recommend for this week.

Thursday, October 22 There’s a global hip hop CMJ showcase at 92YTribeca 7PM.

Saturday, October 24 Vernon Reid will premiere a multimedia piece commissioned by WNYC called “Artificial Afrika” at the Winter Garden. FREE 8PM

Wednesday, October 28 is The Rejection Show. Hosted by Jon Friedman, the show features Wyatt Cenac who starred in the excellent movie, Medicine for Melancholy. 9:30PM $5

Last week’s Niche List

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17 People Who Should Be Famous

In no particular order, here’s some people I know that should be famous. I don’t have time for links, so “Google” them up!

  1. Arthur Lewis
  2. Erin and Her Cello
  3. Abbi Crutchfield
  4. Don McCloskey
  5. Taryn Harris (Fem Appeal)
  6. The Lascivious Biddies
  7. Neal Medlyn
  8. Baratunde Thurston
  9. Adira Amram
  10. Mindy Raf
  11. Carolyn Castiglia
  12. Negin Farsad
  13. Bridget Everett
  14. Bari Koral
  15. Tionna T. Smalls
  16. Jen Kwok
  17. Jess Wood
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Kiss Me Deadly

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Last night I went to see “Kill Me Loudly“, a very funny play. It is a clown noir starring Deanna Fleysher, Chris Manley, Chris Roberti and Jeff Seal. These four are NOT scary clowns that perform at children’s parties. They are sexy, crazy, acrobatic clowns who had me howling with laughter throughout the show.

I highly recommend going if you want to laugh. Plus, you get to see guys playing with paddles and stripped down to their skivvies.

Milagro Theater at Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk between Delancey and Rivington
$15 (to purchase tickets go to Brown Paper Tickets)


Saturday, July 19 8PM
Friday, July 25 8PM
Saturday, July 26 8PM

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One Thing Leads To Another

Tonight: Come to the Hysterical Festival Fundraiser show at Comix. Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia, the lineup includes Adira Amram, Rachel Feinstein, Heather Lawless, Ophira Eisenberg Bridget Everett and Mel and El.

Saturday: On April 19, you can party with a girl and her instrument. Join Erin and Her Cello as she celebrates the release of her debut CD with a performance at Joe’s Pub. Listen to her song, “Subway Crush“.

May 4: I am hosting a clothing swap at Angels and Kings.

May 8: Be social. Cupcakes Take The Cake is hosting a Cupcake Social 2.0 at The Delancey.